Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, wipes their faces with tissues as they wait to participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington, Sunday, March 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are battling it out in a debate tonight.
Biden was not looking sharp. Not to mention he was coughing pretty loudly at points.
The first thing Joe Biden did was cough without covering his mouth.
— Stay Home (@RyanHoulihan) March 16, 2020
Naturally, the debate immediately went to the question of the day – the Wuhan coronavirus.
The candidates were asked how they would approach the problem.
Biden was a mess. He first mixed up the H1N1 (Swine Flu) with the Wuhan coronavirus. He then garbled the number in the name of the virus, calling the H1N1 virus the “N1H1.” Then, he seemed not to remember the name of the Ebola virus, saying they addressed “what happened in Africa.”
In only 10 seconds at the #DemDebate, Joe Biden:
1. Calls Swine Flue the #Coronavirus
2. Calls the H1N1 virus (swine flu) the "N1H1"
3. Forgets the name of the Ebola virus and calls it "what happened in Africa" pic.twitter.com/ZFqxaPY8wf
— America's Voice News (@AVoiceNews) March 16, 2020
But Bernie wasn’t much better.
People like to raise Biden’s confusion of words — and hey, fair point — but Sanders twice said Ebola when he meant #coronavirus.
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) March 16, 2020
Bernie and Biden don't seem to remember which epidemic we're in the middle of right now
Not great folks!
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) March 16, 2020
Joe Biden said that "we should have every single person in a nursing home" being tested for coronavirus
This is not what public health officials have said pic.twitter.com/8UM6RWfoVt
— Zach Parkinson (@AZachParkinson) March 16, 2020
That’s not what the medical experts are recommending. Once again, Biden wants to stoke a panic as he almost did with his remarks about the Swine Flu.
Then Bernie sort of poked Joe a bit over the Defense of Marriage Act asking “if you remember that” and you can see Biden’s head come up.
We’re doomed if either of these guys win.