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Politics Biden defends calling voter a 'damn liar' during tense town hall

22:10  07 december  2019
22:10  07 december  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Former Vice President Joe Biden stood his ground Friday in defending a testy exchange he had with an Iowa man at town hall earlier in the week.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: Biden defends calling voter a 'damn liar' during tense town hall© Getty Biden defends calling voter a 'damn liar' during tense town hall

In an interview with NPR "Morning Edition" host Rachel Martin on his campaign bus Friday, Biden defended his comments, saying, "The fact of the matter is this guy stood up and he was, in fact, lying."

"And I just pointed out, you're a liar," the former Delaware senator continued. "It's a fact. He lied, period. And so, you know, maybe I shouldn't have kidded with him about that."

Biden gets in testy exchange in Iowa: 'You're a damn liar'

  Biden gets in testy exchange in Iowa: 'You're a damn liar' Former Vice President Joe Biden got in a tense back-and-forth with an audience member after the man claimed the former vice president sent his son to work for an energy company in Ukraine. © Shannon Stapleton Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a town hall meeting at Iowa State University in Ames on December 4, 2019. "You're a damn liar, man. That's not true," Biden shot back at the man, who said the claims, which have been circulated by some on the right, were backed up by reporting on television.Biden then went on to challenge the man to a push-up contest.

During the exchange, the man made debunked claims that the former vice president sent his son to work for an energy company in Ukraine. The Iowan also challenged Biden about his age, which prompted Biden to challenge the man to a series of tests, including a push-up contest.

Biden told Martin that he was joking.

"He said, 'You're too old. I can't vote for somebody as old as you,'" Biden recalled. "I said, 'OK!' And he was challenging me what kind of shape, and so I kidded. I said, 'Want to do a push-up contest?' I was joking."

Biden's interaction with the man came across as off-putting and uncivil to some voters, according to the radio station, but Biden stood firm, saying that there was no intended malice.

"That's not civil?" Biden said. "To call someone who lied a liar?"

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