Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden hit the campaign trail this morning, flying from his home state of Delaware to the battleground state of Ohio, where polls show a tight race between him and President Trump.
But before boarding the plane, Biden took a few questions from reporters, mostly related to the start of today’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
The Democratic presidential nominee was asked if Judge Barrett’s Catholic faith should be considered during the hearings. Biden, who is also Catholic, said her faith shouldn’t be questioned. But as he answered the question he brought up the 2012 Obama-Biden reelection campaign, where they took on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate Paul Ryan.
Except Biden couldn’t remember Romney’s name. Instead, he referred to him as the “senator who was a Mormon, the governor.” Watch (his answer starts at around the :20 mark):
JUST IN: Joe Biden on #AmyConeyBarrett: "Her faith should not be considered… You may remember I got in trouble when we were running against the senator who was a Mormon, the governor." pic.twitter.com/tjHOxxlGUr
— The Hill (@thehill) October 12, 2020
That’s just downright embarrassing, especially when you consider that Romney is not just some random senator who Biden is referencing:
Almost would give this a pass if we’re talking a nondescript Senator from X state. But this is Mitt Romney – the guy who ran against his former boss and him in 2012 and has been in the news consistently lately – particularly on Barrett. https://t.co/E5CGddwrJO
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) October 12, 2020
Even more annoying than Biden’s flub about Romney was his statement about ACB wanting “to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.” But she’s never said that, as Jim Geraghty points out here:
It will probably shock you to learn that Biden is wrong, and that Amy Coney Barrett has not said she wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. As Dan lays out here, Barrett wrote a book review in 2017 indicating she did not think much of Roberts’s reasoning in one of the ACA cases, and would probably have voted against treating the mandate as a tax.
On a related note, as of this writing, Biden has yet to answer as to whether or not he’d consider court-packing options should he defeat Trump next month.