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Democrats criticise Julian Castro's 'low blow' in questioning Joe Biden's memory

Democrats criticise Julian Castro's 'low blow' in questioning Joe Biden's memoryJulian Castro, the Democratic presidential hopeful, was facing a backlash on Thursday night after calling into question his rival Joe Biden’s memory during a debate. Mr Castro, the former housing and urban development secretary, repeatedly accused Mr Biden of forgetting details of his healthcare plan in a heated exchange on stage. The comments forced the spotlight onto the age of the former US vice president. Mr Biden would be 78 on day one in the White House if he wins the contest – the oldest person ever elected to the US presidency. Mr Biden’s campaign released a fundraising email on Friday accusing Mr Castro of pulling off a “cheap shot” and a “low blow”.  A number of other candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination for the 2020 election also criticised Mr Castro’s remarks, saying they were “not cool” and “not right”. Mr Biden also endured criticism over claiming credit for the achievements of Barack Obama, the former president whom he deputised for eight years, with Mr Castro claiming he was the one really carrying on Mr Obama’s legacy. The clash over memory between the two men was one of the standout moments of the third Democratic debate in Houston, Texas, which saw the leading 10 candidates square off for the first time. Here’s video of that Castro-Biden clash over health care — with Castro repeatedly saying “are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?” Already heard from several Dems who called it an ugly + disrespectful exchange. pic.twitter.com/AcOAtX808U— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) September 13, 2019 Mr Biden, the clear front-runner, has faced questions about whether his age would affect his ability to carry out the job of president after a string of recent verbal slip-ups. At one point on Thursday evening Mr Castro challenged Mr Biden over his healthcare plan. He said Mr Biden’s proposal would not automatically enroll people who were uninsured, unlike his plan. When Mr Biden denied that, Mr Castro said: “Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?" He went on: “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.” It was not their only fiery exchange. At another point Mr Castro, who is three decades younger than Mr Biden, claimed he was carrying the flame of the Obama administration, which he also served in. “I am fulfilling the legacy of Barack Obama and you are not,” Mr Castro told Mr Biden. The latter shot back: "That will be a surprise to him." The debate saw the 10 leading candidates go head-to-head Credit: REUTERS/Mike Blake After the debate, other candidates who were on stage questioned the tone of the attacks, especially over Mr Biden’s memory. Republicans have questioned the former vice president’s age and suitability for office. Amy Klobuchar, the Minnesota senator, said Mr Castro’s attack was "not cool” and "so personal and so unnecessary”. She said: “It feels like something that Donald Trump might tweet." Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator, said it was “not right” to go after Mr Biden personally. Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, also criticised the “personal attack”. Mr Castro denied he had been too personal. “I wouldn’t do it differently,“ he told CNN after the debate. “That was not a personal attack, this was about a disagreement over what the vice president said regarding healthcare policy."



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Analysis: Why Julian Castro's attack on Joe Biden's age fell flat at Democratic debate

Analysis: Why Julian Castro's attack on Joe Biden's age fell flat at Democratic debateJulian Castro decided to strike hard in the most blatant shot at Joe Biden’s age by a fellow Democratic contender since he entered the race.



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Castro appears to misrepresent Biden's health care plan during debate

Castro appears to misrepresent Biden's health care plan during debateJulian Castro appears to have gotten his attack on Joe Biden wrong and misrepresented part of Biden's plan for which Castro faced criticism online and on-air afterward.



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What were those protesters saying? Joe Biden's final answer interrupted during debate

What were those protesters saying? Joe Biden's final answer interrupted during debateProtesters crashed the final minutes of Thursday night's debate in Houston, though people on Twitter had a tough time understanding what was said.



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Joe Biden's eye fills with blood during climate town hall

Joe Biden's eye fills with blood during climate town hallFox News medical correspondent Dr. Marc Siegel on concerns over Biden's health.



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2020 Vision: 'Gaffe machine' in high gear, Biden's campaign says it doesn't matter

2020 Vision: 'Gaffe machine' in high gear, Biden's campaign says it doesn't matterA new poll shows Trump trailing the top Democratic contenders in a hypothetical 2020 general election match-up. The next step for Democrats is a strong debate performance on Sept. 12. Also crucial is a campaign’s follow-through.



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Biden's 'gaffe machine' revs up in Iowa

Biden's 'gaffe machine' revs up in IowaMonths before launching his 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden acknowledged that he is a “gaffe machine,” prone to misstatements and unforced errors that could undercut his electability. Such blunders were on display this weekend.



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Biden's flub shows why candidates should be allowed to bring notes to debates

Biden's flub shows why candidates should be allowed to bring notes to debatesFormer Vice President Joe Biden's botched closing statement at the CNN Democratic debate shows why notes should be allowed.



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Biden's support from black voters cut in half after debate: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Biden's support from black voters cut in half after debate: Reuters/Ipsos pollFormer Vice President Joe Biden, the early front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has lost support among African-Americans after taking heat on racial issues during the party’s first debate, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. The survey, conducted from Friday to Monday in the days following the debate in Miami, found 22 percent of adults who identify as Democrats or independents said they supported Biden, down 8 percentage points from a similar poll conducted earlier in June. Support for Biden among blacks, a critical Democratic voting bloc, was cut in half, with about two out of 10 saying they backed President Barack Obama’s former vice president, compared with four out of 10 in the June poll.



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W. House hopeful Biden's son held at gunpoint during crack buy: report

W. House hopeful Biden's son held at gunpoint during crack buy: reportHunter Biden, the son of former US vice president Joe Biden, admitted to being held at gunpoint while trying to buy crack cocaine, according to an article published Monday in The New Yorker. Joe Biden, the current frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has repeatedly faced family tragedy during his decades in public office. After approaching a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles in 2016, “Hunter said that the man took him to a nearby homeless encampment, where, in a narrow passageway between tents, someone put a gun to his head before realizing that he was a buyer,” the article says.



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