Biden forgets Mitt Romney's name calling him 'that senator who was a Mormon' before claiming he's running 'for SENATE'
13th October 2020

DEMOCRATIC nominee Joe Biden made a couple more gaffes on the campaign trail on Monday, forgetting Senator Mitt Romney’s name and mistakenly saying again that he’s running for the Senate.

Biden misspoke while answering reporters’ questions before heading to his campaign event in Ohio.

A reporter asked the former vice president if Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s faith should be considered in her confirmation hearings to become a Supreme Court justice. 

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Biden indicated that her faith should not be considered, but made the gaffe while bringing up a time when he ran into problems questioning an opponent’s faith.

"You may remember, I got in trouble when we were running against the senator who was a Mormon, the governor, OK? And I took him on," Biden said. 

"No one's faith should be questioned.”

Biden did not manage to remember Romney’s name on the spot.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, was the Republican nominee for president when Barack Obama ran for reelection in 2012. 

The ex-governor has been serving as a senator in Utah since winning the seat in 2018. 

Biden made his second gaffe later on Monday, while wrapping up his speech at a drive-in campaign event in Toledo, Ohio.

The Democratic presidential nominee said: ”You know, we have to come together. That's why I'm running. I'm running as a proud Democrat for the Senate.”

He did not correct himself at the end of that sentence, but continued on correctly in his next lines: "When I ran as a proud Democrat for vice president, and I'm running as a proud Democrat for president. But I promise you this, I will govern as an American president.”

Biden incorrectly said he was running for Senate in February, while asking voters in South Carolina for their support at a Democratic event. 

"Where I come from, you don't go very far unless you ask. My name's Joe Biden. I'm a Democratic candidate for the United State's Senate,” he said at the time.

“Look me over. If you like what you see, help out. If not, vote for the other Biden. Give me a look though, OK?" 

Biden served as a senator for Delaware from 1973 to 2009, and as vice president from 2009 to 2017. 

By late afternoon on Monday, President Donald Trump had seized the opportunity to criticize Biden. 

“Sleepy Joe Biden had a particularly bad day today. He couldn’t remember the name of Mitt Romney, said again he was running for the U.S. Senate, and forgot what State he was in,” Trump tweeted.

“If I did any of this, it would be disqualifying. With him, he’s just Sleepy Joe!”

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