Biden tells fundraisers he refuses to accept 'old guy' criticism

Biden tells fundraisers he refuses to accept 'old guy' criticism
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFirst lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News MORE on Saturday said at a California fundraising event that he will not accept the criticism that he is an "old guy."

“I know I get criticized, 'Biden says he can bring the country together.' Well guess what, I refuse to accept -- 'He's the old guy.' I refuse to accept the status quo,” he said, according to a pool report. 

Biden's remark was met with applause. 

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“The status quo will not sustain us. I really mean it. It can't happen. If we unite this country, think about it, there's not a damn thing we can't do," he added. 

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's riot lawsuit Tech executives increased political donations amid lobbying push Justice in legal knot in Mo Brooks, Trump case MORE (D-Calif.), 38, swiped at Biden's age during Thursday night's Democratic debate. 

"Joe Biden was right when he said it was time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans 32 years ago, he’s still right today,” Swalwell said of the 76-year-old. 

“If we’re going to solve the issues of automation, pass the torch," he added. 

Biden then touted his positions on education such as support for universal pre-kindergarten and free community college.

President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE, 73, has also called Biden "slower than he used to be."

Biden has consistently polled as the frontrunner of the more than two dozen candidates competing for the Democratic Party's 2020 nomination.