GOP strategist: Biden gaffes are 'serving him pretty well'

Republican strategist Holly Turner said Tuesday that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden evokes 1968, asks voters to imagine if Obama had been assassinated Biden blasts Trump's 'embarrassing' actions heading into G-7 summit Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates MORE’s recent string of gaffes won’t necessarily hurt his chances to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE in the 2020 election.

“I would not be surprised if Biden made it — every day there’s going to be another gaffe, another misstatement,” Turner, chief financial officer of Stampede Consulting, told Hill.TV.

“They’re not making a deal out of it,” Turner added in reference to Biden’s campaign. “They’re like ‘This is who he is.' It’s actually serving him pretty well.”

Biden has made headlines for a series of verbal flubs this month, some of which he corrected on the spot.

Over the weekend, he mistakenly said he had met with students who survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., while he was vice president, even though the shooting took place more than a year after he left office.

That blunder came just two days after the 76-year-old told a crowd of Asian and Hispanic voters that “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.” He quickly corrected himself to say “wealthy kids.”

Earlier that day, Biden also declared in a speech at the Iowa State Fair, “We choose science over fiction. We choose truth over facts.”

Some Democrats are now questioning whether Biden, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, really is the best candidate to defeat Trump.

But Turner maintained that the president, who is also known for his verbal missteps, has helped normalized Biden’s gaffes among the electorate. 

“To some degree, though, I think us having lived through Trump’s campaign and Trump’s presidency has sort of normalized this raw authenticity that we see coming from Biden,” she told Hill.TV. “To some degree, it’s actually helped Biden."

—Tess Bonn