Biden shortens speeches as gaffes pile up

by Daniel Payne · Mar 10th, 2020 12:53 pm

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's speeches have grown noticeably shorter in recent weeks, a possible indication that his campaign is working to limit the former vice president's frequent habit of embarrassing gaffes on the campaign trail.

Biden is well-known for his rambling, sometimes confused oratory style on the campaign, in which he delivers speeches that often contain mangled facts and baffling word arrangements. At a Democratic debate last month, he claimed that 150 million Americans had died from gun violence over the past 13 years. Last week he referred to himself as an "Obiden Bama Democrat."

Since his major sweep of Super Tuesday, Biden has been giving shorter speeches, in some cases talking for as little as seven minutes. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), who gave Biden a coveted endorsement ahead of the South Carolina primaries, reportedly told the former vice president to make his speeches more personal and community-oriented, advice with which Biden allegedly agreed.


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