Biden Makes Series of Blunders In Under 13 Seconds (And Sanders Didn't Do Much Better, Either)

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Posted: Mar 16, 2020 7:30 AM
Biden Makes Series of Blunders In Under 13 Seconds (And Sanders Didn't Do Much Better, Either)

Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Former Vice President Joe Biden made a series of blunders in a matter of seconds during Sunday night’s Democratic debate during his response to a question about how he’d handle coronavirus as president.

First he mixed up the Swine flu and coronavirus, then he referred to H1N1 as “N1H1” and after that he forgot what Ebola was called and said, “what happened in Africa.”

“We should already be sitting down and planning where we're going to put these temporary hospitals,” he said. “And we can do that. We did that -- we've been through this before with the coronavirus.  We've been through this -- I mean, excuse me, we've been through this before with dealing with the viruses that -- the N1H1 virus -- as well as what happened in Africa.  We provided these hospitals dealing with these great pandemics, and we were able to do it quickly.  And people would have a place to go.  But we also have to provide the equipment to protect the first responders.  And that's not being done, either.”

For Sen. Bernie Sanders’s part, he too stumbled in his response about the coronavirus, which he kept mistakenly calling Ebola. 

“The Ebola crisis, in my view, exposes the dysfunctionality of the health care system and how poorly prepared we are despite how much money that we spend.  And the Ebola crisis is also, I think, exposing the cruelty and the unjustness of our economy today,” he said. 

"We have more income and wealth inequality in America today than any time in 100 years.  And what that means that in the midst of this crisis, you know, if you're a multimillionaire, no one is happy about this crisis, you're going to get through it," he continued. "You're going to get everything you need.  You're not worried about health care.  You're not worried about income coming in. 

"Half of our people are living paycheck to paycheck. We've got people who are struggling working two or three jobs to put food on the table.  What is going to happen to them?  So the lesson to be learned is we have got to move aggressively right now to address the economic crisis as a result of Ebola -- as a result -- keep talking about Ebola, you've got Ebola in my head here right now.”