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Biden to NBC's Guthrie on his son: 'You don't know what you're talking about'

Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting MORE snapped at NBC's Savannah Guthrie in a Monday interview, saying she didn't know what she was talking about after Guthrie asked the former vice president if his son Hunter Biden was hired by a Ukrainian energy company to gain access to the Obama administration. 

“No one’s found anything wrong with his dealings in Ukraine except they say it sets a bad image," Biden said when Guthrie asked whether the Hunter Biden controversy was impacting his campaign. 

"Do you agree that it sets a bad image?" Guthrie followed. 

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"Yeah, and my son said that," Biden, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, replied. 

"Do you think it was wrong for him to take that position, knowing it was really because that company wanted access to you?" Guthrie asked. 

"Well, that's not true," Biden retorted. "You are saying things — you do not know what you are talking about. No one said that. Who said that? Who said that?"

"Don't you think that it's just one of those things where people think, well, that seems kind of sleazy," Guthrie said. "Why would he have that job if not for who his father was?"

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"Because he's a very bright guy," Biden responded, before later adding that his son is a "grown man" who can "speak for himself." 

Biden is locked in a tight race in Iowa as Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders won't vote for bipartisan infrastructure deal Bipartisan infrastructure deal takes fire from left and right Politics of discontent: Who will move to the center and win back Americans' trust? MORE (I-Vt.) continues to show momentum in recent polls. The Iowa caucuses will be held on Monday.
 
Sanders is leading Biden in the RealClearPolitics index in Iowa by 24.2 percent to 20.2 percent.

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican MORE comes in with 16.4 percent support, followed by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenAdams, Garcia lead in NYC mayor's race: poll Exclusive: Democrat exploring 'patriot tax' on multimillionaires' wealth McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats MORE (D-Mass.) with 15.6 percent.