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 BidenCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Trump's Mount Rushmore stunt will backfire 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. 


“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 SwalwellSwalwell: Trump 'makes us look like geniuses every day for impeaching him' Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Democrats face tough questions with Bolton 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 John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' 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.