Twice failed presidential candidate Joe Biden admitted on Monday night that he’s a “gaffe machine” and claimed that he’s “the most qualified person in the country to be president.”
During a stop in Missoula, Montana, for his book tour, the former vice president said he was going to be making a decision in the next two months about whether he will run for president in 2020.
“I’ll be as straight with you as I can. I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president,” Biden said. “The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I’ve worked on my whole life.”
“No one should run for the job unless they believe that they would be qualified doing the job. I’ve been doing this my whole adult life, and the issues that are the most consequential relating to the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy are things that I have — even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right but I know a great deal about it,” he added.
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Biden said his family will decide whether they’re prepared for a presidential run, adding that they could make an announcement as soon as six weeks from now.
“I have two young grandchildren my son left who love me and adore me and want me around. I want to be there to take care of them, so we’ve got to figure out whether or not this is something we can all do as a family,” he said. “We’re going to make that decision in the next six weeks to two months, and that’s the basis of the decision.”
The moderator, Bruce Feiler, actually listed several damaging potential liabilities that could plague Biden if he runs.
“He’s too old. He signed, he cosponsored the crime bill. He was the chairman of the judiciary committee during the Anita Hill hearings, and he’s out of touch in the era of Me Too. $1.5 million ain’t gonna cut it anymore, you need $100 million. Who wants to wake up at 6 a.m. for the next two years and get insults from the President of the United States?…You’re a gaffe machine. I could go on. Which of these scares you the most?” Feiler asked.
“None of them,” Biden said.
“I am a gaffe machine, but my God what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can’t tell the truth,” he said, likely referring to President Trump. “I’m ready to litigate all those things, the question is what kind of nation are we becoming? What are we going to do? Who are we?”
Biden has a long history of making controversial comments.
In that same month, Biden was caught on camera calling a man a “real prick” while walking the streets during a Labor Day parade.
As noted by I Love My freedom, here are a few other notable quotes from Biden:
- “This is a big f**king deal” during a live event at the White House with former President Barack Obama.”
- “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
- In 2012, Biden said Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was going to “put y’all back in chains,” referring to black people.
Biden’s hardly the only prominent Democrat who has made controversial comments lately, but many may take issue with his claim that he’s “the most qualified person in the country” to be president.