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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden finally said out loud what everyone has already been thinking about his campaign.
The former vice president seemed to confirm Republicans’ warnings that he is a “Trojan horse” for progressive Democrats as he introduced himself as Sen. Kamala Harris’s running mate during a campaign speech in Georgia. His comment was intentional and not one of his usual gaffes, though both he and Harris have slipped in recent weeks and spoken of a potential Harris-Biden administration.
Biden has often introduced himself as “Jill Biden’s husband” on the campaign trail but he added the extra designation while stumping in Atlanta on Tuesday.
“My name is Joe Biden, I’m Jill Biden’s husband, and I’m Kamala’s running mate,” he told the cheering crowd at the drive-in rally. “Y’all think I’m kidding, don’t you?”
Biden emerged out of his basement to finally make some campaign stops in Georgia a week ahead of the election, speaking at a rally in Warm Springs earlier. At the stop in Atlanta, cars were parked around the stage near the Cellairis Amphitheatre where hip-hop artists Offset and Common played before Biden took the stage.
“There aren’t a lot of pundits who would have guessed four years ago that the Democratic candidate for president in 2020 would be campaigning in Georgia on the final week of the election or that we would have such competitive Senate races in Georgia, but we do,” he said during his speech.
“Something’s happening here in Georgia and across America. People of different races, backgrounds, Democrats, Republicans, independents, they’re coming together to transcend the old divides,” he added of the state that has not gone to a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992.
Biden’s quip about being Harris’ running mate may have sparked cheers in the rally crowd on Tuesday, but many saw it as confirmation that Democrats are using the former senator with more than four decades in politics as a “vessel” to get the White House.
Speaking with veterans in Tampa, Florida in mid-September, Biden mentioned a “Harris-Biden administration.”
(Source: GOP War Room/YouTube)
Biden’s slip occurred just hours after his running mate caught herself referring to a Harris-Biden administration instead of a Biden-Harris administration.
🔥🔥🔥 *Who’s the boss?*
Democrat VP Nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) refers to a potential “HARRIS Administration” in a major campaign speech gaffe. pic.twitter.com/9nugzGOEL8
— Rally for Trump (@StandWithAZ) September 15, 2020
Vice President Mike Pence called Biden “a Trojan horse for a radical left” during the Republican National Convention in August, warning that his predecessor “would set America on a path of socialism and decline” if elected president.
Harris, who was rated by GovTrack as the most liberal senator in 2019, was directly confronted about bringing her socialist and progressive views to the White House if elected.
The Democratic vice presidential nominee responded with a laugh and non-answer when asked about her liberal views during an interview with CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell. Harris burst into laughter in the “60 Minutes” segment when confronted over her far-left record and repeatedly dodged the question.
Kamala Harris bursts into awkward fits of nervous laughter when asked about her ‘socialist perspective’ https://t.co/QltZ46xodL
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 26, 2020
In remarks during a Wisconsin rally speech, President Donald Trump said his opponent has “handed control of his party to rage-filled, socialist, Marxist and left-wing extremists.
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) October 27, 2020
Biden’s intentional remark about being the California senator’s running mate sparked a wave of virtual face-palms on Twitter.
Joe Biden confirms what we all knew:
“I am Kamala’s running mate. Y’all think I’m kidding don’t you⁉️”
“KAMALA” sign is prominently displayed behind him ⬇️ 👀 pic.twitter.com/Ubu4FhaFNH
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) October 27, 2020
Absolutely everyone knows that already
— yuki (@Hikariyuki20) October 27, 2020
Tell us something we didn’t know.
— Ken Hatfield (@Bubba321B) October 27, 2020
The cats out of the bag
— Andrew Tenorio (@AndrewTenorio12) October 28, 2020
Maybe the gaffes aren’t gaffes but he’s trying to warn us of what’s coming
— Rob Deverell (@robadeverell) October 27, 2020
This is why his campaign didn’t want him leaving the basement until next Tuesday
— Randy Oreens (@ItBegins2012) October 27, 2020
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