Democratic debate 2019: Joe Biden stands out for all the wrong reasons

New York Post | 9/13/2019 | Staff
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HOUSTON — Front-running Joe Biden stood out the most in Thursday’s snoozer of a Democratic debate — but for all the wrong reasons as he rambled through responses laden with non-sequiturs about record-players and Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.

“Play the radio. Make sure the television — excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the phone … make sure that kids hear words, a kid coming from a very poor school, a very poor background will hear four-million words fewer spoken by the time they get there,” babbled the former Vice President, 76, at one point.

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It wasn’t clear if he was about to go from record player back to phonograph, or if he was about to make a point about cell phones.

The labyrinthine answer — mercifully cut short by a moderator — came in response to a straightforward question about whether Biden felt an obligation to make amends for prior generations’ school segregation.

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Biden hardly got his train of thought back on track by his closing statement, name-dropping 19th-century thinker Kierkegaard when asked to address his greatest professional failure.

He also, at one point, managed to make a pretzel out of a question about whether American troops pulled out of Iraq too early allowed ISIS to gain a foothold — launching into an answer about airbases in Afghanistan.

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“Here’s the point, the point is that it’s a counter-terrorism strategy. We can prevent the United States from being the victim of terror coming out of Afghanistan by providing air bases and insisting the Pakistani provide bases for us to airlift from and move against what we know,” opined Biden.

Biden’s tongue-tied musings brought guilty levity — if little else — to the marathon three-hour proceedings.

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