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Julian Castro may have earned himself a viral moment with his jabs at Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden, but it could prove costly.
In the sharpest salvo of Thursday night’s debate, the former Housing and Urban Development Secretary struck hard in the most blatant shot at Biden’s age by a fellow Democratic contender since he entered the race.
Castro accused Biden of forgetting that he had said people would have to opt in to get Medicare-like insurance under his health care plan.
“You just said that two minutes ago. You just said two minutes ago they would have to buy in,” Castro jabbed at Biden, who at the age of 78 on Inauguration Day 2021 would be the oldest president ever to serve should he win. “Are you forgetting what you said just two minutes ago?”
Castro, 44, insisted after the debate that he wasn’t taking a shot at Biden’s age. But by the tenor of the shot he might as well have asked the former vice president for recommendations for early-bird specials. Many political analysts viewed it as a low blow. And it also appeared Castro misrepresented the former vice president's stance.
That was not my favorite version of Castro.
— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) September 13, 2019
Democratic voters are not going to like Julian Castro's badgering of Joe Biden. #DemDebate
That might play well with parts of Dem Twitter, but not the rest of the Dem electorate. https://t.co/i3SKQap6Ub
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) September 13, 2019
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