Joe Biden Delivers Befuddling Campaign Speech Saying He’s Running for Senate Against the “Other Biden”

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Joe Biden Delivers Befuddling Campaign Speech Saying He’s Running for Senate Against the “Other Biden”

On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made a few considerable flubs during a speech in South Carolina, where the fourth Democratic primary vote will be held this Saturday. In his speech, Biden said that he was a “candidate for the United States Senate” and that if voters didn’t agree with his policies, they could vote for “the other Biden.”

The full transcript reads: “My name is Joe Biden. I’m a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate. Look me over, if you like what you see, help out. If not, vote for the other Biden.”

This is far from the first gaffe that Biden has had during his candidacy—earlier this month, he mistakenly referred to New Hampshire as Nevada during the primary. These apparent lapses in memory and fact have led to increased concerns over Biden’s ability to effectively hold office.

Politico’s Natasha Korecki, however, offered an explanation for Biden’s words:

However we interpret these confusing remarks, Biden is still the projected frontrunner in South Carolina. According to the numbers from polling firm Public Policy Polling, Biden leads with 36% of the votes, with Senator Bernie Sanders in second with 21%. While both candidates are ahead of the pack, the poll also shows Biden as the only candidate with a favorability rating of over 50%.

The South Carolina primary will take place this Saturday, Feb. 29.

Note: This article has been updated to reflect that Biden made his comments in South Carolina, not North Carolina. The irony of this is not lost on us.

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