With the fourth Democratic presidential primary in the books, Fox News host Bret Baier offered his take on who did well and who didn’t, and his assessment was not great news for Joe “Salads” Biden.
The segment started off with host Shannon Bream noting that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., will likely endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders — more on that later — before Baier lit into Biden.
“Vice President Biden, he just did not seem like he had a great night from the beginning,” Baier said. “There were some answers that were word salad. I mean they were just all over the map.”
” I had no idea what some of them meant,” Bream interjected, in reference to Biden’s answers.
Case in point:
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT!
“Why in God’s name should someone who is clipping coupons in the stock market make, in fact, pay a lower tax rate than someone who, in fact, is like I said a, uh, school teacher or
— aaron (@leftyaaron) October 16, 2019
Baier pointed to Biden’s response when asked about his son’s controversial business dealings in Ukraine while he was vice president. Biden denied any wrongdoing and not only defended Hunter Biden’s actions, but said he was “proud” of them.
“We’ve always kept everything separate even when my son was the attorney general of the state of Delaware. We never discussed it so there’d be no potential conflict,” Biden told CNN moderator Anderson Cooper. “My son made a judgment. I’m proud of the judgment he made.”
This coming after Hunter Biden told ABC News earlier in the day that he used “poor judgment” in serving on the board of a Ukrainian gas company — which paid him up to $50,000 a month — because of the political liability it became for his father.
As for who had a good night, Baier started with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who he said had “a really strong night on a number of different fronts.”
“He steered the conversation in a number of different ways on being the alternative, perhaps, to Joe Biden, on fighting on Medicare for all, fighting with guns with Beto O’Rourke, and fighting on foreign policy with [Rep.] Tulsi Gabbard.
Baier pointed to a somewhat humorous exchange between Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, before turning to Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
“She had some good lines,” he said. “I don’t think anybody else broke through. Tom Steyer had some good answers but didn’t really have the moment. Andrew Yang, Tulsi Gabbard… [Sen.] Cory Booker didn’t really factor into this debate.
“But Amy Klobuchar had some moments, especially at the beginning where she had some great lines about protecting the election,” Baier said.
In summarizing the night, Baier said, “I think if you look at all the candidates on stage, you have Sen. Warren, Sen. Sanders had big nights. I think Amy Klobuchar and Mayor Pete. Joe Biden did not have a good night.”
Bream and Baier also noted that as Warren surges in the polls, she can expect to have her turn in the barrel as the target of the other candidates and that for some, Tuesday night may have been their last debate as the field should start narrowing down.
As for Ocasio-Cortez, Fox News reported she will appear Saturday with Sanders at a “Bernie’s Back” rally in Queens, N.Y., to help build some momentum after his heart attack.
Two of the other three radical left freshman Democrats known as the “squad” are also expected to endorse the self-avowed socialist senator for president.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who has been beset with marital problems after reports of an extramarital affair with a campaign consultant, has already endorsed Sanders, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., is reportedly on board as well — Omar and Tlaib are the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) October 16, 2019
The fourth member of the squad, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., is uncommitted as of now.
But those Joe Biden word salads… here’s a sampling of some of the responses to his efforts from Twitter:
Sheesh Biden really does struggle to communicate effectively. Even when he is about to make a good point, he just word salads his way through it and completely takes away the impact
— Don Corleone (@DonKingaholu) October 16, 2019
— Danny Friel (@dafriel) October 16, 2019
— Garbage Man (@UglyRalph) October 16, 2019
Biden is all over the place..incoherent word salads. Proud of his and his sons corruption, see its ok for the Bidens to be corrupt but not Trump..?
— Stephanie Sunderland (@StephanieSunde2) October 16, 2019
“Clipping coupons in the stock market…” “Eliminate the Capital Gains Tax—no, I mean, double it!” @JoeBiden needs to retire, not run for President. Imagine the amount of meandering word salad we’d get if he debated Trump. ??♀️ No thank you. #DemocraticDebate
— Jaye Milius ? BlizzCon2019 (@jayemilius) October 16, 2019
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