- The Washington Times - Monday, September 28, 2020

Joseph R. Biden’s wife Jill Biden on Sunday waved off a question by CNN’s Jake Tapper after he claimed her husband has a history of making “the occasional gaffe.”

“Oh, you can’t even go there,” Mrs. Biden told the “State of the Union” host. “After Donald Trump, you cannot even say the word ‘gaffe.’”

“I can’t even say the word ‘gaffe?’” Mr. Tapper asked.

“Nope. Done. It’s gone,” Mrs. Biden responded. “Over, so over.”

Mr. Tapper declined to press the issue further.

Mrs. Biden’s comments came after her husband faced scrutiny over the weekend for declaring on the campaign trail that he began his academic career at Delaware State University, a historically Black college, a claim that the school refutes.

Her comments also precede Tuesday night’s first presidential debate, in which the former vice president will face off against Mr. Trump in Cleveland.

Mr. Tapper asked whether her husband is up to the task, given that he can sometimes “lose his cool” when confronted.

“I’ve seen him lose his cool, especially when his family is invoked,” the CNN host said. “I mean, I’ve covered him since the late ‘90s. … Is he ready?”

“Oh, my gosh, yes, he’s ready,” Mrs. Biden answered. “You know, one of the things I am excited for is when the American people see Joe Biden up there on that stage, they’re going to see what a president looks like — someone who is, like I’m saying, calm, steady, strong, resilient. It’s like night and day between the two candidates.”

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