During the Democratic debate tonight, former Vice President Joe Biden looked confused, and stumbled through answers.
When asked about taxes, Biden said he would “eliminate” the capital gains tax, before correcting himself, saying he would increase it to 39.5 percent, doubling it.
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“I would eliminate the capital gains tax,” he said, “that, I would, I would raise the capital gains tax to the highest rate of 39.5 percent, I would double it, because guess what? Why in God’s name should somebody who’s clipping coupons in the stock market make, in fact, pay a lower tax rate than someone who, in fact, is, like I said, a school teacher and a firefighter. It’s ridiculous, and they pay a lower tax.”
Biden continued, “Secondly, the idea that we in fact engage in this notion that there’s 1 point— there’s 1 trillion, 640 billion dollars in tax loopholes. You can’t justify, at minimum 600 billion dollars of that.
“We can eliminate it all,” Biden contended. “I could go into detail if I had the time. Secondly, I mean thirdly, what we need to do is we need to go out and make it clear to the American people that we are going to.”
Biden said “we’re going to raise taxes on the wealthy, we’re going to reduce tax burdens on those who are not.”
During another moment, Biden mistakenly said “expodentially” when he meant to say “exponentially.”
Biden also appeared to suffer problems with his teeth.
Video shows Biden’s teeth moving around in his mouth as he denounced President Trump during the CNN New York Times debate:
Joe Biden is losing his dentures! pic.twitter.com/FjSmm3RnuH
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After nearly choking during mid-answer, he slurred through saying “thousands.”
He suffered a similar problem in September.
As moderator David Muir asked a question of Biden, the candidate could be seen moving his mouth around as though he was chewing gum.
At the conclusion of moderator David Muir’s question, Biden seemed to fumble with his teeth, trying to keep them in his face.
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