Did Biden Say He’s ‘Going To Beat Joe Biden’ on CNBC? The Network Says No

CNBC’s transcript of Friday’s interview with former Vice President Joe Biden where it’s clear he gaffed again by saying “I’m going to beat Joe Biden” portrays Biden’s statement as “I’m going to be Joe Biden.”

Biden was asked by host Joe Kernen to address Democratic voters more aligned with Senators Bernie Sanders’ and Elizabeth Warren’s progressive agendas when he made the statement.

Many Twitter users, however, heard the former statement exit Biden’s lips. And that’s what SaraACarter.com reported on Monday.

Here’s the full quote this reporter heard:

“I’m prepared to say that I have a record of over 40 years,” the assumed 2020 Democratic presidential nominee said. “And that I’m going to beat Joe Biden. Look at my record. The fact is that some areas that I think, for example, I think health care is a right, not a privilege. I do not support Medicare for all. I will not support Medicare for all. But I do support making sure that Obama care is around with a public option for those who can afford,  those who qualify for Medicaid and they don’t get in their state. They will be able to buy it and be automatically enrolled in the public option Medicare, that would.”

He added, “But I do not support a forgiving debt loan for every single solitary person no matter where you went to school. But I do support the idea, if, in fact, you have student debt as a consequence of going to a public university and your income is under $125,000, it should be forgiven. I do believe that anyone going to school that in fact goes to a public university and/or community college, they should be able to go for free if income is under $125,000.”

Here’s what the CNBC transcript says:

“I prepared to say that I have a record of over 40 years. And that I’m going to be Joe Biden. Look at my record. The fact is that some areas that I think, for example, I think health care is a right not a privilege. I do not support Medicare for All I will not support Medicare for all. But I do support, making sure that Obamacare is around with a public option, for those who can afford, those who qualify for Medicaid and they don’t get in their state, they would be able to buy it and be able to automatically enroll in the public option, Medicare, that would”

“But I do not support, you know, forgiving debt loan for every single solitary person no matter where you went to school. But I do support the idea that if in fact you have student debt as a consequence of going to a public university, and your income is under $125,000, it should be forgiven. I do believe that anyone going to school, that in fact goes to a public university and or Community College, they should be able to go for free if income is under $125,000.”

Many Twitter users heard what this news site reported hearing, including President Donald Trump’s campaign and his son Donald Trump Jr. The story was first reported by The Washington Free Beacon, who quoted Biden as follows: “I’m prepared to say that I have a record of over 40 years and that I’m going to beat Joe Biden,” Biden said. “Look at my record.”

New England-based radio host Howie Carr wrote of the statement in the Boston Herald on Saturday. Once again, he heard what many of us heard: “I’m prepared to say that I have a record of over 40 years and that I’m going to beat Joe Biden!”

The Biden campaign didn’t immediately respond to this reporter’s request for comment and they haven’t clarified statement. The story will be updated if and when a response is received.

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