Biden, 79, gave garbled remarks on how his administration has improved healthcare and mistakenly said ‘we went to 54 states’ to stop pharmaceutical companies from driving drug prices.
‘And, by the way, if they do, that means — not a joke, everybody; that’s why we defeated it in 2018 when they tried to do it. We went to 54 states,’ Biden said. ‘The reason is people didn’t realize that the only reason anybody who has a pre-existing condition can get healthcare is because of that Affordable Care Act.’
His addition of four non-existent states is the latest in a long line of gaffes that has continued to raise concerns about the health of Biden, who is the oldest president in US history.
Despite those worries, Biden has insisted he’ll run for a second term in 2024.
The president was joined by both Vice President Kamala Harris and Senate hopeful John Fetterman, who recently dented his chances by fumbling answers during a debate with opponent Dr. Mehmet Oz. He suffered a stroke in May, and faces separate questions about his own mental agility.
‘So I may not say everything perfectly sometimes, but I’ll always do the right thing if you send me to Washington, D.C.’ Fetterman said.
President Joe Biden made another embarrassing misstep on Friday when he claimed to have been to 54 states as he lamented Big Pharma hiking drug prices
Biden was joined by his Vice President Kamala Harris as the two tried to rally support for Senate hopeful John Fetterman after a disastrous debate performance last week
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who recently had a stroke that has now impacted his health, is trying to keep his lead over Dr. Oz in a tight PA senate race
Biden has made a series of worrying gaffes throughout his time as president, most recently zoning out completely when asked by reporters if his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, wants him to run for president again.
‘I have not made that formal decision but it’s my intention . . . my intention to run again. And we have time to make that decision’, the president began.
‘Dr. Biden is for it?’ the MSNBC interviewer asks, only to be met with silence.
‘Mr. President?’ the reporter prods, to virtually no reaction from Biden.
‘Dr. Biden thinks that uh, my wife thinks that uh, that I uh, that, that we’re, that we’re doing something very important,’ Biden finally states, while managing to avoid directly answering the question.
He also embarrassingly mispronounced new UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s name when speaking about him at a Diwali event, calling him ‘Rashee Sanook.’
Sunak, a 42-year-old multimillionaire former hedge fund boss, will become the country’s youngest leader in modern times and its third in less than two months as his Conservative Party endures a period of considerable turmoil.
Mr Sunak has pledged to run Downing Street with ‘integrity and humility’, but warned of ‘profound challenges’ to come as he prepares to begin his premiership
Fetterman’s debate performance shocked some viewers and voters alike, and sowed concerns among party leaders.
Chris Cuomo said he ‘struggled’ and Barack Obama‘s former senior adviser said Fetterman ‘did not help’ his cause.
‘Hi, goodnight everyone,’ Fetterman said as he began the night’s highly anticipated match-up.
In advance of the debate Fetterman’s campaign had tempered expectations, saying there would be ‘awkward pauses’ and ‘delays and errors,’ because the Democrat would be reading closed captioning due to his auditory processing issue.
At one point Fetterman was asked to clarify his position on fracking, as moderators pointed to a 2018 interview where the lieutenant governor expressed broad opposition to the practice, but not a ban.
‘I do support fracking – I don’t, I don’t – I support fracking, and I do support fracking,’ he answered.
Charlie Dent, a former Republican congressman for Pennsylvania, said he was ‘astounded’ and ‘stunned’ by Fetterman’s poor performance, while Alyssa Farah Griffin, Donald Trump’s former communications director, said she found it ‘painful to watch’.
Pennsylvania Senate hopeful John Fetterman at points struggled to get through his hour-long debate with Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz