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Did Biden's Spox Really Just Suggest He'll Be Too Tired To Answer Questions After Debate?

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Former Vice President Joe Biden had to spend two hours on the stage Thursday night during the 2020 Democratic presidential debate.

According to one of his spokespeople, it could be enough to tire the 76-year-old out.

No, seriously!

Prior to the debate, Kate Bedingfield, who serves as communications director and deputy campaign manager for the former vice president, was asked on CNN why Biden would not be speaking to reporters in the “spin room” following the debate.

“I understand just finally, Vice President Joe Biden won’t go to the spin room tonight after the debate to talk to reporters,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper said.

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“I still can’t believe it’s actually called the spin room, it seems like the most honest thing in politics, and I can surely understand never wanting to set foot in one,” he added. “But [Biden] is a candidate, why is he not going to go?”

According to Bedingfield, Biden said it would just be too long of a night!

“Well, he’s going to have spent two hours answering questions on-stage, and he talks to the press everywhere he goes,” she responded.

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“I think there’s no question the American people know where Joe Biden stands on issues.”

It was a ridiculous response, of course.

If Biden wants to be president, he’d better get ready for some late nights.

A two-hour debate followed by answering some questions from reporters afterward? That really should be nothing.

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After all, the debate was set to end at 11 p.m. ET.

Let’s say Biden stayed for an extra 30 minutes, then it took him 30 minutes to get home.

Was Bedingfield really suggesting that’s past Biden’s bedtime?

Here’s the thing: Important world events happen late at night, when the rest of the country is in bed.

A would-be president needs to be ready to deal with those things, not tell his aides that he’ll worry about it in the morning.

It’s also possible, of course, that Biden just didn’t want to face the media. Considering he has a long history of flip-flopping on just about, well, everything, that wouldn’t be terribly surprising.

I’ll leave it to you to decide.

Donald Trump Jr, meanwhile, had the perfect response to Bedingfield.

“OMG, I mean 11pm is really late and all… Good thing nothing happens in the middle of the night he may want to be up for,” he tweeted.

“#Benghazi.”

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Joe Setyon is a deputy managing editor for The Western Journal who has spent his entire professional career in editing and reporting. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine.
Joe Setyon is deputy managing editor for The Western Journal with several years of copy editing and reporting experience. He graduated with a degree in communication studies from Grove City College, where he served as managing editor of the student-run newspaper. Joe previously worked as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and wrote about government waste and abuse.
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