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Biden Gaffe: I'm Looking Forward to Appointing the First African American Woman Senator

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Democratic candidate Joe Biden is failing. The gaffe train is moving a mile a minute and only seems to be picking up steam. During a campaign stop in South Carolina on Friday, the former VP told a crowd of supporters that he was looking forward to appointing the first African American woman to the U.S. Senate. 

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"Well, I'm looking forward to appointing the first African American woman to the United States Senate," Biden said as the crowd erupted in cheers. Biden supporters must be so used to the candidate's gaffes by now that they are no longer fazed by them. 

Of course, as president, Biden will not have the ability to appoint senators. And even if Biden did have that ability, he would not be able to appoint the first African American woman to the U.S. Senate since Carol Moseley Braun became a senator in 1993. 

Biden has a strange fixation with the Senate and the first African American woman to serve in the legislative chamber. 

On the Democratic debate stage back in November, Biden touted former Sen. Braun's endorsement of his presidential campaign. Biden claimed to be endorsed by "the only African American woman who’s ever been elected to the United States Senate." To make matter worse, Sen. Kamala Harris, who is the second African American woman to serve in the Senate, was sharing the debate stage with Biden that evening. 

"The other one is here!" Harris interjected awkwardly.

Joe Biden experienced what can only be called a gaffe attack earlier this month during a day of campaigning in South Carolina. In one day the candidate proclaimed he was running for the Senate, told voters they could vote for the other Biden if they so chose, and then confused the states of South Carolina and North Carolina.  

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"My name's Joe Biden. I'm a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate. 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 told his supporters. 

The candidate is banking on a strong showing in South Carolina to redeem his campaign after disastrous finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire. The candidate finished a distant second in Nevada, trailing current front-runner Bernie Sanders. Biden is touting his popularity among African Americans in South Carolina, but recent polling suggests the strong support he once enjoyed among African Americans in the state has diminished considerably.

South Carolina is the next state to hold its primary election, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 29. 

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