Despite not officially declaring that he is running for president, former Vice President Joe Biden accidentally slipped and said he was running.
Biden’s slip happened while speaking at a fundraiser dinner on Saturday when Biden claimed he has a more progressive record than any other Democratic presidential candidate, reports ABC News.
“I’m told I get criticized by the new left. I have the most progressive record for anybody running for the— of anybody who would run,” Biden said, stumbling over his words as the room erupted in cheers.
“I didn’t mean it,” Biden said laughing.
Biden then started to laugh and did the sign of the cross.
“Of anybody who would run,” Biden clarified again.
President Donald Trump tweeted about Biden’s slip up on Monday, accusing Biden of being “tongue tied.”
“Joe Biden got tongue tied over the weekend when he was unable to properly deliver a very simple line about his decision to run for President,” Trump said. “Get used to it, another low I.Q. individual!”
During the same speech, the Daily Caller reports Biden claimed he was engaged in “early desegregation efforts” though he has comments from the 1970s claiming that desegregating schools was “a rejection of the movement of black pride.” In another interview, he reportedly claimed that using busing to desegregate schools was “damaging because it spends on transportation money that could be better spent on new textbooks and other educational improvements.”
Biden is expected to run for president; it has been widely reported that he had started to make job offers for campaign staff in New Hampshire and South Carolina, as The Daily Wire previously reported. Last week, Biden was a frontrunner in the Iowa polls, despite not officially announcing his candidacy.
Emily Zanotti reports:
The first official poll from the Des Moines Register, assessing candidates for the Iowa Caucus set to take place just a little under a year from now, shows Biden in the lead with 25%, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is a close second with 25% of the vote, and the rest of the field far behind. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has around 9% of likely caucus-goers’ support, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a miserable 7%.
The Des Moines Register is the best tracking resource for Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucus, and although it’s only one of several early primaries for the Democratic field, it has a lasting impact on the nomination contest. In 2016, Sanders’ narrow loss to Hillary Clinton set up a narrative for the full 2016 primary season, ultimately leaving Sanders fans disenfranchised and convinced that Clinton had stolen the nomination from the more popular candidate.
Last week, Biden spoke at an event with firefighters where the crowd chanted “Run, Joe, Run!” The Daily Wire reported.
“I appreciate the energy you all showed when I got up here,” Biden said at the International Association of Fire Fighters’ annual conference in Washington, D.C. “Save it a little longer, I may need it in a few weeks. Be careful what you wish for.”