Joe Biden Challenges Iowa Man to a Push-Up Contest During Heated Exchange

Elias Hubbard
December 10, 2019

But the rapid response director for the Republican National Committee, Steve Guest, quickly tweeted: "Joe Biden doesn't know how to treat voters ..."

In a wide-ranging interview with NPR, while Biden was campaigning in Iowa, the Democratic front-runner said his long career in politics makes him best positioned to restore America's standing on the world stage. That's not true. No one has ever said that.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: To hell with me (ph). The man responded he had seen it on TV, specifically citing MSNBC as his source.

"Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you ·can look into it. I'm 83, and I know damn well I don't have the mental faculties I did 10 years ago", the voter, who identified himself as a retired Iowa farmer, said before turning to Ukraine.

"By the way, that's why I'm not sedentary".

"It is what it is", Biden responded.

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. You have the resume. He got the endorsement of former Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, and an ad of his went viral online. And I can get things done, that's why I'm running. You're fourth in the polls in Iowa. They really don't even do it till after Christmas.

"Do you think it's remotely possible to raise $3.5 trillion a year, more than every single penny we spend on every single thing in the federal government on a yearly basis, without raising taxes on the middle class?" The voter expressed concerns over Biden's age and his son's controversial relationships in Ukraine.

"I wish I could, but I don't want to get sued". And so it's - you know, it's early.

Meadows said they're wrong and argued, "Let's go to President Zelensky, are you saying that he's lying, that somehow when we look at that, that somehow president Zelensky of Ukraine is saying that he wasn't pressured, that somehow he's lying?"

MARTIN:.You got a lot of attention for it.

"You're a damn liar man".

MARTIN: And then you challenged him to pushups.

"I didn't lose my temper", Biden clarified with the reporter.

MARTIN: And then you asked him for an IQ test. And he - well, he's saying - he said he's entitled to do this. He also said Biden was too old to be president.

"You're a damn liar, man", Biden said. And I was challenging what kind of shape - so I kidded.

"I don't know that that's correct", Meadows said. I know him. He knows I know who he is, and he knows who I am. You can't take a joke.

BIDEN: No, no, no, no, no.

Biden name-calling a voter drew comparisons to Trump's blunt and sometimes coarse style, a parallel that Biden strenuously rejected. He added, "They should have told me".

"You said I set up my son to work in an oil company". "That is not the Joe I know".

In the end, the whole exchange may not have cost the former vice president a vote. "You're selling access to the President just like [Trump] is", said the Iowa man. "You're a good journalist but let's stick with the facts". It's like I was out here in a parade, a Fourth of July parade.

Last Thursday, President Trump tweeted that the former vice president and his son would both be among those who would testify in a Senate impeachment trial. Isn't that what you said? None of the mainstream media believes any of that was true. I don't think it's possible.

MARTIN: I think it was the tone that was off-putting to people.

"As the President has said, Joe Biden claims that foreign leaders have told him they want him to win the election", campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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