David Axelrod: Biden 'serially' distorts his record

Political commentator David AxelrodDavid AxelrodShould Biden consider a veteran for vice president? The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Lauren Underwood says Americans face economic crisis if Senate fails to act on unemployment benefits extension; US surpasses 4 million cases, 1,000+ deaths for third straight day The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump pivots on convention; GOP punts on virus bill MORE issued a warning to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Biden offers well wishes to Lebanon after deadly explosion MORE after recent comments by the White House contender have sparked controversy.

"It’s one thing to have a well-earned rep for goofy, harmless gaffes. It’s another if you serially distort your own record. @JoeBiden is in danger of creating a more damaging meme," Axelrod said in a tweet on Friday. 

Axelrod, who was chief strategist to former President Obama, linked in his tweet to a story from Slate titled "When Did Joe Biden Start Believing He Had Opposed the Iraq War?"


The Slate attention adds to recent scrutiny over Biden's comments about his support to authorize the Iraq War in 2002, which was first brought to attention by CNN KFile.

The Washington Post last week reported that Biden has reportedly misstated facts in a war story he has retold on multiple occasions. The former vice president has defended his comments saying he was correct about the "essence" of the story correct.

Biden's campaign did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

Biden has also struggled in recent weeks with verbal gaffes, including mixing up New Hampshire and Vermont.

Biden appeared on "The Late Show" with Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin previews GOP coronavirus relief package GOP official says Elizabeth Warren 'endorses voter fraud' after joke about Bailey voting for Biden Bolton book sells 780,000 copies in first week, set to surpass 1M copies printed MORE and addressed his latest slip-ups. 

"I think it’s fair to go after a political figure for anything, OK,"  he said. "I mean we stand up, it comes with the territory, but here’s the deal: any gaffes I have made, and I have made gaffes like every politician I know has, have been not about a substantive issue, have been about I’m trying to talk about what other people have done."