Joe Biden had a few bad moments during the second Democrat debate on Thursday night.
One of them came when each candidate was asked what their first priority would be as president.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Biden: The First Thing I’d Do as President is Make Sure We Defeat Trump
Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday his top priority upon becoming president would be to “defeat Donald Trump.”
NBC debate moderator Chuck Todd went down the line of the 10 Democrats on the stage in Miami and emphatically asked what their first issue they’d want to get passed would be in the White House. He noted former President Barack Obama wanted to tackle health care and climate change in his first year but could only get the former accomplished.
When it was Biden’s turn, he first took exception to Todd’s comments about who he often calls his “buddy,” saying Obama had forged a great accomplishment with the Paris Climate Accords.
“The first thing I would do is make sure that we defeat Donald Trump,” Biden said. “Period.”
Presumably, Biden would already have defeated Trump if he is elected in 2020. Todd, in a hurry, did not press Biden on his comment.
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Joe Biden’s performance at the debate is costing him support.
The Hill reports:
Biden sees support from Democrats slip 10 points after debate
The percentage of Democrats who say they would vote for former Vice President Joe Biden if the presidential race were held tomorrow slipped by 10 points after the first primary debate.
According to a Morning Consult/FiveThirtyEight poll of likely Democratic voters released on Friday, 41.5 percent said before the debates they would vote for Biden tomorrow, but 31.5 percent said the same thing after Thursday night’s debate.
The apparent decline in support comes after Biden was widely seen as having faltered, including engaging in a stark exchange with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) over school busing.
Harris herself got a nearly 9 point bump, with 16.6 percent of Democrats saying they would support her after the debate, up from 7.9 percent before the events.
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