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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 BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report 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 SwalwellChina has already infiltrated America's institutions Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' The Memo: New riot footage stuns Trump trial 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 TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm 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.