Biden camp denies report it's 'freaking out' about debate

Biden camp denies report it's 'freaking out' about debate
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE’s campaign dismissed reports that staffers are “freaking out” about his performance during the second round of Democratic presidential debates on Thursday night.


Olivia Nuzzi, the Washington correspondent for New York magazine, tweeted on Thursday night that a source close to Biden’s campaign told her that his staff is “‘freaking out’ about his poor performance tonight.”

“The source said that internally, field staff says the campaign-organized debate watch parties in early voting states have been ‘awkward’ and that Biden isn’t playing well to those who attended,” she continued. 

“According to Biden’s staff, he isn’t listening to his debate prep and he’s ‘set in his ways,’ the source close to the campaign tells me,” she added. 


The Biden campaign was quick to respond to the reports, shooting down the notion they were upset with Biden's performance.

Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield tweeted a one-word response minutes after Nuzzi's tweet: “Nope.”


In a message to supporters later in the evening, Biden’s campaign also said the former vice president was “on fire” during the debate.


Biden struggled in the debate, taking fire from rivals, including Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisEmhoff reflects on interracial marriage case: Without this 'I would not be married to Kamala Harris' WHO: Coronavirus deaths down 20 percent worldwide last week Collins: Biden's .9T coronavirus package won't get any Senate GOP votes MORE (D-Calif.) in the night's most notable moment. 

Harris pressed Biden on his recent seemingly warm words for two Southern segregationists senators he served with in the 1970s and '80s. She also brought up Biden’s past opposition to school busing.

Harris noted that she had been a beneficiary of busing as a child and said Biden’s comments about the segregationist senators, the late James Eastland (D-Miss) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.), were “hurtful.”

Biden defended himself, saying he opposed busing by the Department of Education and believed the issue should be decided at a local level.