Former Vice President Joe Biden has a running history of making news-generating gaffes, but what he just told an Iowa caucus voter to his face at a campaign event on Tuesday could top the list, as candidates fight for every single possible vote in The Hawkeye State, given what the momentum an early-voting state win can do for a candidate’s campaign.
The voter, an unidentified man who was expressing concern over Biden’s climate change ideas, told the former vice president that he didn’t agree with Biden’s idea of replacing oil pipelines.
“You say you’re against pipelines, but then you want to replace these gas lines. That’s not going to work,” the man said.
Biden didn’t seem to take the question well, as he immediately shot back at the man, telling him to find someone else to vote for.
“You need to go vote for somebody else,” Biden replied. “You’re not going to vote for me in the primary.”
As you can watch in the video below, the voter was clearly puzzled and taken aback by Biden’s blunt and unexpected response. He tried to explain to Biden that he had his support, saying he would vote for Biden in the national election.
A man in Iowa asks Joe Biden to stop supporting the building of new pipelines. Joe Biden tells him to go vote for someone else and then starts accusing him of voting for Bernie Sanders. Actually, the man says, he's voting for Tom Steyer. Very awkward. pic.twitter.com/OOuGiypED8
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) January 28, 2020
Adding to the awkwardness of the exchange, Biden then guessed that the man would vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders. But it turned out the man is voting for Tom Steyer.
“Now, you believe that Bernie can do something by 2030,” Biden asked the man. “I’m actually supporting Tom Steyer,” the man replied.
The video of the exchange caught Steyer’s attention, who issued a response on Twitter letting Biden know that Iowa voters probably shouldn’t be told to vote for someone else by an actual candidate.
“Hi @JoeBiden, This is no way to treat an Iowan. He said he’d vote for the Dem in the general b/c he knows how important it is to beat Trump. We need immediate action on climate. If you don’t agree, happy to talk @ debate. But don’t take it out on voters we need to win in Nov,” Steyer tweeted.
The Iowa Caucus will take place on February 3.