Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivered the latest in a string of notable gaffes and rambling thoughts this week with an interview on MSNBC.
Speaking to host Joy Reid on Monday, he made a confusing reference to meetings between attorneys and a “voter registration physician,” and it appears no one was immediately sure what he meant, as The Federalist reported.
The former vice president’s comments came in response to a question about November’s election and concerns among many Democrats regarding supposed voter-suppression efforts.
“We have a whole group of lawyers going out to every polling, every voter registration physician in the states, the secretaries of state, making sure they, in fact, have a game plan as to how they’re going to allow the voting to take place,” Biden said.
He stressed the importance of being “prepared” ahead of Election Day and confirmed his campaign had retained lawyers in preparation of possible legal challenges on a variety of election-related issues.
As for Reid, Fox News reported that her Biden interview was a highly anticipated first installment of her new 7 p.m. Eastern timeslot, which was previously held by Chris Matthews.
She followed up that big-name guest by welcoming 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for an interview.
What’s that, Joe?
While Biden’s appearance on an arguably friendly network to answer largely softball questions should have set him up for success, his apparent verbal slip-up took some of the focus away from his other responses.
Republican National Committee Rapid Response Director Steve Guest was among those who called attention to the blunder.
Hey Joe Biden, what’s a “voter registration physician?” pic.twitter.com/CE7iv4HqOi
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) July 20, 2020
Of course, President Donald Trump has faced his own criticism for misstatements and flubs throughout his first term. Given the comparative rarity of Biden’s public statements, however, his gaffes tend to carry more weight in news coverage of the election cycle.
It remains to be seen which candidate Americans trust to lead the nation through the next four years, but performances like this one are not likely to boost Biden’s chances.