Democratic strategist predicts Biden gaffes won't hurt him in long run

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides MORE’s gaffes are unlikely hurt him in the long run, particularly among moderate voters, a Democratic strategist said Friday in a Hill.TV interview.

“This type of thing in the long term probably doesn’t hurt him,” said Molly Mitchell, a former director of media Affairs at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

“No one is supporting him because they think he has the best debate skills, because he has superior oratory skills,” said Mitchell, who's now a director at Hamilton Strategies. “A lot of people -- rightly or wrongly so -- think he is the clear moderate choice who can actually defeat Trump, and they’re willing to take this.”

Mitchell’s comments come after Biden said that “poor kids” are “just talented as white kids.” He quickly corrected himself to say “wealthy kids.”

He made the remarks while speaking Thursday to the Iowa Asian and Latino Coalition.

Biden’s campaign issued a statement saying he “misspoke” and emphasized that he “immediately corrected himself.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE seized on the gaffe and mocked Biden.

"Joe is not playing with a full deck. He made that comment, I said, 'Woah,' " Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday.

Trump, who is 73, has repeatedly questioned whether Biden, 76, is mentally and physically fit to serve as president. Biden, the frontrunner for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination, has become a target of Trump, who often refers to him as “Sleepy Joe.”

Both Biden and Trump made headlines this week after they mixed up the locations of last weekend's mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas.

While speaking at a campaign event in California, Biden referred to the mass shootings as "the tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan," before correcting himself.

Trump made a similar gaffe during a speech Monday from the Diplomatic Room of the White House. The president misstated the location of one of the mass shootings, referring to Toledo, Ohio, instead of Dayton.

⁠—Tess Bonn