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Joe Biden’s campaign stops in Ohio appeared to go from bad to worse as his missteps, gaffes and sparsely attended appearances featured voters showing their support for his opponent.
The Democratic presidential nominee made campaign stops in Cincinnati and Toledo on Monday but, at some point, his campaign team may have wished he had called a lid again that morning. If it wasn’t bad enough that he forgot he was running for president, or urged voters to register at a nonexistent website, Biden’s day was made more challenging as he was regularly met by chanting supporters of President Donald Trump.
Biden attempted to tout his own record and deliver a strong economic message in the battleground state that was won by Trump in 2016. The former vice president spoke at a drive-in rally in a parking lot in Toledo, slamming the president as “reckless” and pushing his own economic recovery plan.
But his speech was peppered with interruptions as Trump supporters hundreds of feet away from the location chanted “Four More Years,” “Trump,” and “USA” whenever Biden mentioned the president.
Dozens of Trump supporters were loudly chanting a mix of “Four more years,” “Trump” and “USA” throughout the event, growing louder anytime @JoeBiden mentioned the president. pic.twitter.com/7M0iZWdmRf
— Marianna Sotomayor (@MariannaNBCNews) October 12, 2020
At another point, Biden again said he is running for the Senate, repeating his gaffe at a Democratic event in South Carolina back in February.
“You know, we have to come together. That’s why I’m running. I’m running as a proud Democrat for the Senate,” the 77-year-old said Monday, “when I ran as a proud Democrat for vice president, and I’m running as a proud Democrat for president. But I promise you this, I will govern as an American president.”
Anybody know which senate seat Joe is running for? https://t.co/2fgPspj982
— Harriet Baldwin Text Trump 88022 🎃 (@HarrietBaldwin) October 12, 2020
The Democrat nominee also urged his supporters to vote, giving them a website to go to in order to get registered. The only problem was, the website did not exist.
JOE BIDEN MOMENTS LATER: “So vote! Vote. Visit https://t.co/R4a7Abf6cJ!“
[Website does not exist] pic.twitter.com/RgkJ7sx17a
— SV News 🚨 (@SVNewsAlerts) October 12, 2020
Biden’s team should have known the day would only get worse as he began the trip forgetting the name of GOP Sen. Mitt Romney and referring to him as “a Mormon, the governor.” The former vice president spoke to reporters before boarding the plane on his way from his home state of Delaware to Ohio. As Monday marked the first day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Biden was asked about her Catholic faith and whether it should come into play during the process.
As he noted his opposition to the idea, Biden brought up a time when he “got in trouble” over the questioning of someone’s faith.
“You may remember, I got in trouble when we were running against the senator who was a Mormon, the governor, OK? And I took him on,” Biden said. “No one’s faith should be questioned.”
Almost would give this a pass if we’re talking a nondescript Senator from X state. But this is Mitt Romney – the guy who ran against his former boss and him in 2012 and has been in the news consistently lately – particularly on Barrett. https://t.co/E5CGddwrJO
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) October 12, 2020
“If I did any of this, it would be disqualifying,” Trump said in a tweet noting Biden’s “particularly bad day” in Ohio.
Sleepy Joe Biden had a particularly bad day today. He couldn’t remember the name of Mitt Romney, said again he was running for the U.S. Senate, and forgot what State he was in. If I did any of this, it would be disqualifying. With him, he’s just Sleepy Joe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2020
Things didn’t get much better for Biden as he traveled to Cincinnati where he did not answer reporters as he headed to the second campaign event of the day.
Joe Biden arrives at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Airport for a mobilization event in Cincinnati pic.twitter.com/liIsKw95J5
— Joseph Ax (@josephax) October 12, 2020
Waiting outside the venue where Biden would be speaking, a large crowd of Trump supporters had gathered to welcome him.
— Beatrice-Elizabeth Peterson (@MissBeaE) October 12, 2020
Of course, Biden will likely not win over any Americans who were insulted in his comments about how they have a “bad memory.”
Not sure Joe Biden – who said he was running for Senate & forgot Mitt Romney’s name today – is in any place to tell people they have a “bad memory” 🥴 https://t.co/H6hD4Nr1KR
— Abigail Marone 🇺🇸 (@abigailmarone) October 13, 2020
Meanwhile, in Florida…
— Abigail Marone 🇺🇸 (@abigailmarone) October 12, 2020
— Ryann McEnany (@RyannMcEnany) October 13, 2020