Biden Confuses New Hampshire for Vermont

Still thinks it's 'scenic, beautiful'

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August 25, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden confused New Hampshire for Vermont during a Saturday campaign speech in Keene, New Hampshire.

Biden made his error at the beginning of a press gaggle when a reporter asked him a question about his impressions of Keene, according to the New York Daily News.

"What’s not to love about Vermont in terms of the beauty of it? I mean this is sort of a scenic, beautiful town," Biden said.

Keene is located 10 miles from the Vermont state line. New Hampshire, like Iowa and South Carolina, is one of the earliest primaries in any presidential election, and attracts aggressive early campaigning because of this fact. Vermont holds primaries later in the cycle, so the state doesn't receive many visits from the candidates.

Earlier in the event, Biden had dismissed reporters' questions about his age, saying, "if they're concerned, don’t vote for me."

Biden has committed a series of gaffes while on the 2020 campaign trail. On Tuesday, he mistakenly said that Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated in "the late 70s" when the two were actually both killed in 1968.

Earlier in August, Biden referred to former British Prime Minister Theresa May as Margaret Thatcher and said that "poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids." Biden also claimed that he was vice president during the 2018 Parkland shooting. He tried to dismiss the gaffe by saying people would still call him vice president after the Parkland shooting.

"I was still called vice president, but it was in '18," Biden said in his defense at an event in Iowa.