Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made yet another embarrassing gaffe on the campaign trail in Texas Monday, telling members of his audience that they needed to head to the polls on “Super Thursday” instead of Tuesday, when voting takes place in 14 states and one U.S. territory, Breitbart reports.
Despite Biden’s growing tally of malapropisms and verbal miscues, moderate Democrat voters seem to be rallying around Biden in an effort to prevent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a far-left avowed socialist, from securing the party’s nomination.
Sanders is currently only slightly ahead in the delegate count going into Super Tuesday, with 60 delegates compared to Biden’s 54. However, delegates previously pledged to two candidates who recently dropped out of the race, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, may ultimately throw their support behind Biden, whom both have now endorsed, further helping his cause.
Moderate Democrats are becoming desperate to deny Sanders the nomination out of fear that his radically socialist policies will never garner sufficient votes to defeat President Donald Trump in a general election battle. On the other hand, robbing Sanders of the nomination in much the same way his supporters believe Hillary Clinton did in 2016 could cause large numbers of voters stay home in November and hand Trump another victory anyway.
String of recent gaffes
Concerns about Biden’s mental acuity were likely only heightened on Monday when the candidate experienced yet another notable fumble during a speech in Texas.
While attempting to quote a portion of the Declaration of Indepdendence, Biden appeared to struggle with one of the more famous quotes from the foundational document, saying, “We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women are created, by the, you know, you know the thing,” Fox News reported.
Last month during a South Carolina campaign stop, Biden told the assembled audience that he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate, and that voters who did not wish to support his campaign could “vote for the other Biden.”
These relatively harmless slips seem mild in comparison to other recent incidents which many view as representative either of an alarming degree of confusion or outright dishonesty.
In February, Biden had little choice but to retract an earlier claim that he had been arrested in South Africa while attempting to visit anti-apartheid figure Nelson Mandela in the 1970s.
Biden’s campaign staffers must have been scratching their heads once again when the candidate claimed that while serving as vice president in the Obama administration he had worked collaboratively on the Paris Climate Accord with former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, despite the fact that Deng died over 23 years ago.
Campaign still alive
Despite Biden’s apparent difficulties when speaking on the campaign trail, his bid for the nomination has received new life in recent days following his decisive win in the South Carolina primary, which has in turn brought in a series of major financial commitments from heavy-hitting donors, according to the Washington Examiner.
Though speculation is running rampant that the departure of Buttigieg and Klobuchar from the nomination race is evidence of a push by the party establishment to prop up Biden to the detriment of Sanders, given Trump’s record-high approval rating and an economy that continues to show impressive strength, the eventual Democratic nominee is sure to face an uphill battle when it comes to winning the White House in November.