Colbert questions Biden over gaffes: 'Are you going nuts?'

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it Trump whistleblower complaint involves Ukraine: report MORE addressed gaffes he’s made along the presidential campaign trail in an interview with “The Late Show” host Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all The Memo: Biden's rivals search for right mode of attack MORE

Biden argued that he’s made verbal slips, as he said all politicians have, but the “essence” of what he’s said has been true and the mistakes have not been on substantive issues. 

“In the last few weeks you’ve confused New Hampshire for Vermont, said Bobby Kennedy and MLK were assassinated in the late 70s, assured us ‘I’m not going nuts,’ — follow-up question, are you going nuts?” Colbert asked Biden in a clip released on Twitter ahead of the interview. 

“Look the reason I came on the Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelThe Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina special election poses test for GOP ahead of 2020 The Hill's Morning Report — The wall problem confronting Dems and the latest on Dorian Colbert questions Biden over gaffes: 'Are you going nuts?' MORE show is because I’m not,” Biden joked.

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Biden told Colbert he thinks it’s fair for media and voters to “go after” him over the gaffes, but said his gaffes have not been issue-based. 

“I think it’s fair to go after a political figure for anything, OK. I mean we stand up, it comes with the territory, but here’s the deal: any gaffes I have made, and I have made gaffes like every politician I know has, have been not about a substantive issue, have been about I’m trying to talk about what other people have done,” Biden said. 

TONIGHT: Stephen holds former VP @JoeBiden's feet to the fire over his recent string of gaffes on the campaign trail. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/qQ8rrvdGgb

He pointed to a story he’s told on the campaign trail that The Washington Post recently reported was inaccurate the way Biden has told it.

“They said the branch of the military was wrong, and the date was wrong, and the act he was awarded for was wrong, and the medal was wrong,” Colbert said. 

“Here’s the deal because I was not talking about me, I was praising what the valor of all these people out there that I’ve visited and over 30 visits in Afghanistan and Iraq and I’ve watched these people, and I’ve watched what they've done,” Biden responded, as he continued to retell portions of the story of a young man who did not want Biden to pin a medal on him over guilt of his friend being killed. 

Biden said the “essence of it is absolutely true.” 

“I don’t get wrong things like there is, we should lock kids up in cages at the border,” he added.