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Joe Biden apparently lost his temper during an intense exchange with a voter in Iowa after the man accused the former vice president of being too old for the Oval Office and of “selling access” to the U.S. president during his time in the Obama administration.
Biden, 77, responded to the man’s comments by calling him a “damn liar,” defending his son and urging the man to do push-ups.
The confrontation with the man, who identified himself as an 83-year-old retired farmer who is not a Republican, took place during a campaign event in New Hampton, Iowa, on Thursday. Biden’s campaign stopped in the city as a part of his “No Malarkey” bus tour through the state, which is just two months away from its Democratic caucus.
The Iowa man, who did not provide his name, began by arguing that Biden was too old to run for president. “You’re damn near as old as I am,” he said. “You’re too old.”
He then explained his other objection to Biden’s candidacy: “We all know Trump has been messing around in Ukraine. ... You, on the other hand, sent your son over there to get a job and work for a gas company and [he] had no experience in natural gas.”
Joe Biden lashed at an Iowa town hall after the man suggested he helped his son get a sweetheart deal in Ukraine and was “selling access” like President Donald Trump does:— POLITICO (@politico) December 5, 2019
“You’re a damn liar. That's not true," Biden said. “Get your words straight, jack!” https://t.co/fC9ZJy8m4f pic.twitter.com/48UziGZolN
Let's be clear RE: the exchange VP Biden had with a voter in Iowa earlier today: 1) the gentleman is a self identified Warren supporter who said he would vote for the VP in a general election 2) his facts were flat-out wrong and 3) the crowd backed VP Biden up in his response.— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) December 5, 2019
To be clear: Any assertion VP Biden said a word about the gentleman's appearance is making this something it is not. In the latter part of the exchange, the VP began to say "Look, facts" then said "here's the deal." If you've been to a Biden event, you've heard this before.— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) December 5, 2019
The reality is this - a reference was made to the "news" today and I think we all know which outlet has continued to peddle the debunked conspiracy theories cooked up by Trump and Rudy Guiliani about Ukraine. These lies will not go unchecked & we'll continue to lay out the facts.— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) December 5, 2019
The Iowa voter who Joe Biden called a "damn liar" speaks with reporters after their tense exchange: "At least he's not getting so old that he's senile." https://t.co/jUThLG82gh pic.twitter.com/UGSNrBt9ei— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 5, 2019
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