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Former Vice President Joe Biden emerged from his bunker to hold a scripted campaign event where even the names of reporters who posed softball questions came from a pre-approved list.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee did not venture far in his public appearance, speaking at a Wilmington community center in Delaware. After remarks filled with his usual gaffes, Biden turned to take questions and it appeared he had a list of names to choose from rather than calling on reporters randomly.
Joe Biden has gone 28 days without holding a press conference.
He’s finally taking questions.
“I’m happy to take your questions. Let me get my list here.”
Joe Biden sounds a little rusty in understanding how press conferences work. pic.twitter.com/1yH8qgYPih
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) July 28, 2020
“I’m happy to take your questions. Let me get my list here,” Biden said as he wrapped up his prepared remarks and called on a reporter named Jessica.
“Joe Biden sounds a little rusty in understanding how press conferences work,” GOP Rapid Response Director Steve Guest tweeted along with a video clip of the moment.
Biden noted at one point that “I’m supposed to call on people,” as he referred to his list of names again.
(Source: GOP War Room)
And after weeks without a press conference of any kind, the questions Biden was asked were anything but riveting news.
— Joanne_Lopez_Dow🇺🇸 (@dow_lopez) July 29, 2020
Hard-hitting questions for Joe Bide today included:
🥎Any update on your VP pick?
🥎What states opened up too fast?
🥎Why are you visiting Delaware?
🥎Any response to Trump’s ads?
🥎Why should people vote for you?
🥎What are your thoughts on sports?
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) July 28, 2020
I’m surprise they didn’t ask his favorite color or what pudding he had for breakfast
— It’s all a Distraction (@USLisaLaw) July 28, 2020
The former vice president even got a round of applause as he left, which was highlighted by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany in a tweet saying, “Must be nice!”
Speaking as someone who often takes tough questions, the questions Biden receives are an embarrassment to journalism…
❌ Are you running against @realDonaldTrump or for President?
❌ Where do you think the race stands?
❌ Why Delaware?
Walks off to applause. MUST BE NICE‼️
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) July 29, 2020
The “impartial” reporters that were selected to ask Biden questions cheered for him as he walked off pic.twitter.com/5SXsq0nekw
— Jewish Deplorable (Parler: TrumpJew) (@TrumpJew) July 28, 2020
Biden did reveal during the event that he will announce his running mate “the first week in August.”
Biden on VP pick: “I’m going to have a choice in the first week in August.”
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) July 28, 2020
He called for “restoring peace” amid the ongoing unrest and rioting in cities like Portland, Oregon, and, naturally, blamed President Trump whom he also accused of an overreach of authority.
“He’s determined to stoke division and chaos,” Biden said. “This isn’t about law and order. It’s about a political strategy to revive a failing campaign.”
LOL. Joe Biden accuses Trump of overusing presidential authority? From the team that went around Congress to stand up an EPA climate program? That did DACA? DAPA? Minimum wage for federal workers? Paris Accord? More than 500 “major” rules that restructured industry everywhere?
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) July 28, 2020
But Biden’s scripted public appearance was still filled with awkward moments and gaffes which have become expected from the 77-year-old Democrat. He kicked off the event by getting his location wrong, and then quickly laughed that he meant it as a joke.
“Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome to Kingswood Community Center,” he said from the William “Hicks” Anderson Center.
“Actually, that’s the one down I used to work. That was a joke,” he said. “You didn’t know where you were anyway. It’s great to be here.”
How can anyone say that this guy is firing on all cylinders!! Judge for yourself;
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) July 29, 2020
“If I’m elected and this passes I’m going to be good to go down as one of the most progressive presidents in American history,” he said at one point.
He also promised that his economic “pan” would “pay and support our caregivers who overwhelmingly, as I said, are women of color.”
Many other missteps from the event were highlighted on social media.
AG Barr hearing takes a 5 minute break and Fox dips into the Biden event:
Joe Biden: “Crimate Clisis” pic.twitter.com/CDcx76JFpw
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 28, 2020
As speculation continues over Biden’s possible running mate, he was photographed holding handwritten notes and some talking points with the name of California’s Sen. Kamala Harris. Politico accidentally reported that Biden had chosen his former primary opponent as his running mate.
The text was later removed and a note was issued explaining the error.
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