Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday made a pair of Election Day gaffes during a rare in-person campaign stop in Philadelphia, saying his late son Beau Biden was a senator and mixing up his granddaughters’ names.
Just hours before potentially becoming the nation’s oldest-ever president-elect, Biden spoke about his family to a crowd of supporters in swing-state Pennsylvania’s largest city.
“This is my son, Beau Biden, who a lot of you helped elect to the Senate in Delaware, this is my granddaughter Natalie — no wait, I’ve got the wrong one. This is Natalie, this is Beau’s daughter,” Biden said as he introduced his granddaughters.
The former vice president, who turns 78 this month, initially identified his granddaughter Finnegan Biden, 20, whose father is Hunter Biden, as the 16-year-old Natalie.
Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015 at age 46, was not a senator, but served from 2007-2015 as Delaware attorney general.
During a different set of remarks in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Biden correctly identified his late son’s former office.
President Trump, who is 74 years old, repeatedly attacked “Sleepy Joe” Biden as mentally “shot” during the campaign and highlighted Biden’s frequent gaffes as evidence of senility.
“Joe Biden will never call the shots and if he does, he’s not going to be there very long,” Trump said during an Election Day interview on “Fox & Friends.”
Last month, Biden appeared to forget Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney’s name and said, “I’m running as a proud Democrat for the Senate.” Biden previously claimed he was running for Senate during a stop in South Carolina in February.
Biden appeared to confuse Trump and former Republican President George W. Bush in a late-October digital fundraising event.
“The character of the country in my view is literally on the ballot. What kind of country we’re gonna be? Four more years of George, ah, George, gonna find ourselves in a position where if Trump gets elected we’re going to be in a different world,” he said.