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

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 addressed gaffes he’s made along the presidential campaign trail in an interview with “The Late Show” host Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertWithout Trump, late-night 'comedy' becomes even more insufferable Dolly Parton says she turned down medal from Trump administration twice Jon Stewart joins Twitter, defends Reddit GameStop traders 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 KimmelJimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah mock Ted Cruz's Cancun trip Katy Perry on inaugural performance: 'I was just singing because I was hopeful' Scorned and mistreated, Melania Trump deserved much better from the media 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.