Biden: 'Poor Kids Are Just As Bright And Just As Talented As White Kids'

The Democratic front-runner has had a series of verbal gaffes

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August 8, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden committed another gaffe Thursday when he said, "poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids" during remarks about America's education system.

The presidential front-runner seemingly realized his mistake and attempted to qualify it afterwards.

"And the other thing we should do is we should challenge these students, we should challenge students in these schools, to have advanced placement programs in these schools," he said. "We have this notion that somehow if you're poor you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids. Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids. No, I really mean it."

This is the second verbal mistake Biden made this week. On Tuesday, Biden told a crowd of supporters that "we choose truth over facts" in the Democratic Party.

"We choose science over fiction; we choose truth over facts," he told the crowd.

Biden has been criticized for his verbal fumbles during the second Democratic presidential debate. One MSNBC panel said, "he seemed to forget words in the middle of his sentences."

"A lot of the answers would trail off," an MSNBC host added.

Despite the slip-ups, Biden remains the front-runner according to the most recent poll of the Democratic primary field. He maintained double-digit point leads over his next two rivals, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I, Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.).