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Former vice president Joe Biden has long been known as “Uncle Joe” for his propensity for verbal gaffes.
Now that he’s running for president, Biden’s penchant for gaffe-making has become an increasing focus for the press.
So much so that while some party activists and even some in the press are ready to write Biden off completely, the Democratic front-runner’s poll numbers have remained durable.
“You can tell that he’s a very highly intelligent person who thinks rationally,” said Tim Weil, a 66-year-old farmer from early-decision state Iowa. “It’s just a quirk that he’s prone to slip-ups like that. It’s not a big deal.”
There’s a contrary view emerging in the press, including among those who don’t count themselves among Biden’s biggest fans, who also argue that the gaffe criticisms are a) unfair and b) don’t fairly reflect anything about Biden’s age given that he’s been making these same sort of gaffes for decades in the public eye.
The truth is that there are more Democratic presidential debates to come and further opportunities to see whether these gaffes really would affect a Biden presidency.
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