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Julian Castro under fire for questioning Joe Biden’s memory

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September 13, 2019 | 1:20pm

Julián Castro went too far together with his crack about 76-year-old Joe Biden’s reminiscence throughout Thursday’s debate, a number of of his fellow 2020 Democratic contenders mentioned, with one calling it “not cool,” and “so personal and so unnecessary.”

The previous Housing and City Improvement secretary, 44, accused the previous veep of forgetting some extent he’d made simply minutes earlier throughout a dialogue about some candidates’ calls for for “Medicare for All,” which Biden opposes.

“Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?” an incredulous Castro requested as some viewers members gasped.

“Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago? I can’t believe that you said — two minutes ago — that they had to buy in and now you’re forgetting that. We need a health care system where you’re automatically enrolled,” mentioned Castro, a Texan on his house turf.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, 59, who admonished Castro onstage, later instructed CNN that Castro’s assault was “not cool,” and “so personal and so unnecessary.” She added: “It feels like something that Donald Trump might tweet.”

However South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg hit Castro instantly onstage for his comment.

“This is why presidential debates are becoming unwatchable. This reminds everybody of what they cannot stand about Washington. Scoring points against each other, poking at each other,” he mentioned.

Castro replied: “That’s called the Democratic primary election, Pete. That’s called an election,” and a day later mentioned he had no regrets however denied that he meant the “two-minute” comment as a crack about Biden’s age and reminiscence.

Castro instructed CNN Friday morning that he would’ve requested the opposite candidates the identical query.

Joe Biden (left to right), Julian Castro, and Andrew Yang
Joe Biden (left to proper), Julian Castro and Andrew Yang.AP

“It didn’t matter that it was Joe Biden. If it had been another candidate that tried to deny what they just said two minutes ago, I would have asked them the same thing,” Castro mentioned.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont mentioned he was solely going to go after Biden’s document.

“I’m not going to go after him personally. That’s not right,” the 78-year-old Sanders mentioned.

However analysts mentioned that questions on candidates’ ages had been authentic, not only for Democrats however for 73-year-old President Trump as nicely.

“Age is a real issue for Biden, Sanders, and Trump. Anyone who doesn’t include all three is showing their bias,” Larry Sabato, head of the College of Virginia’s Middle for Politics, instructed The Submit.

“It’s a fact of life. Certain skills deteriorate over time, and there is a greater chance of serious illness and mental decline. It’s perfectly all right for voters to take this into account,” he mentioned.

2020 Democratic presidential candidates
ABC by way of Getty Photographs

However, he added, Castro didn’t do himself any favors by asking the questions in such an aggressive method.

“Castro showed us what can happen when a candidate attacks another one in a cruel and clumsy fashion. Castro is already getting plenty of blowback, and they’ll be plenty more to come,” he mentioned.

“It’s true that Trump launched multiple nasty broadsides in 2016, and got away with it. It doesn’t seem to work on the Democratic side.”

However Biden adviser Anita Dunn ripped Castro later within the spin room proper after the talk, saying that his “cheap shot” was “based on a lie.”

“I think Castro, who likes to talk about learning from history, clearly didn’t learn from the first two debates that taking personal cheap shots at Vice President Biden actually doesn’t work out that well for the candidate who throws the shot,” Dunn mentioned, Fox Information reported.

“It’s unfortunate that Castro decided to go the route he did.”

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