Joe Biden is determined to throw whatever political weight he has behind his party’s two candidates in next month’s Senate runoff races in Georgia.
Unfortunately for Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff, however, the gaffes that tinged Biden’s own presidential campaign continued on Tuesday when the former vice president mispronounced the Senate hopeful’s name — and it was all caught on video.
Trouble with names
As Fox News noted, Biden appeared to call on supporters to vote for “Jon Orsoff,” bungling the candidate’s last name during a campaign stop in Georgia. The state is being closely watched in the run-up to Jan. 5, when Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock will attempt to unseat GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, respectively.
With a Senate majority hanging in the balance, Biden was eager to project the importance of the race. For many viewers, however, the biggest takeaway was yet another public slip of the tongue.
“Honk for your next United States senator, Jon Orsoff!” he told a socially distanced crowd in Atlanta.
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Of course, Biden’s gaffes have already led to substantial speculation that he was experiencing cognitive decline. In recent days, he has had persistent trouble with names.
“Get something done”
In addition to mispronouncing Ossoff’s name, Biden referred to his choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services as “Xavier Bacharia” instead of Xavier Becerra and called Pete Buttigieg’s husband “Kristen” instead of Chasten while naming the former to be his Transportation secretary.
Biden’s remarks in Georgia came days after the Electoral College voted to make him president-elect, though President Donald Trump hasn’t yet backed down from the fight. Speaking to his own supporters, Biden made it clear that he believes a Senate with a Democratic governing majority will benefit his administration’s agenda.
“I need two senators who will get something done, not two senators who will get in the way,” Biden declared, according to CBS News.
For his part, Ossoff signaled that he is simpatico with Biden on issues including immigration, pledging on Sunday to support protections from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“Dreamers, DACA recipients are every bit as American as any of us, and I will have your back in the U.S. Senate,” the Democrat said, according to Fox.