Biden: People 'Took Kids Away from TV' During Debate Because of 'Embarrassing' Trump
Democrat nominee slams first debate as 'embarrassing for the country'
Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has laid the blame for Tuesday night’s debate spectacle on Donald Trump, claiming viewers were forced to "take their kids away from the television" because of the president's behavior.
Speaking late Wednesday, Biden claimed the president turned the confrontation into an "embarrassing" farce with his responses.
During a stop on his Amtrak “train tour” of Ohio and Pennsylvania, former Vice President Biden said the debate was “embarrassing for the country” but said that was all Trump’s fault.
“I thought that was embarrassing for the country the way the president acted for the rest of the world watching this,” Biden said.
“I just thought that – it was hard for me to believe that a president of the United States would be so viciously classless and do what he did,” Biden claimed.
“And all I kept thinking was I just, I just, I wonder how many people had to take their kids away from the television set when this was going on, just to say, this is not who we are.”
The widely panned affair left the Trump campaign calling its candidate "the dominant force" and led the Commission on Presidential Debates to say it is likely to implement format changes "to ensure a more orderly discussion," according to Fox News.
Biden made his comments as he spoke with local television stations, including Cleveland's WKYC.
Throughout the debate, Fox News's Chris Wallace, who was moderating the event, struggled to keep the pair under control.
At one point, as Wallace was attempting to move on to another topic, he reminded the candidates: "I am the moderator of this debate."
Wallace, a registered Democrat has since been accused of bias while moderating the debate after he repeatedly appeared to side with Biden.
At one point, President Trump argued that he felt like he was debating Wallace rather than Biden.
Biden, for his part, showed his frustration with Trump at times, telling him to "shut up, man" and saying "everybody knows he's a liar."
Trump, meanwhile, hammered the point that Biden is allegedly controlled by the far-left wing of the Democratic Party, saying that Biden would pack the Supreme Court, which Biden did not confirm or deny, and saying that Biden has committed to implementing Medicare-for-all.
Biden forcefully denied that point, noting that he was attacked during the Democratic primary for not vowing to eliminate private health insurance.
Trump, in response to that comment, told Biden that he'd just "lost the left."
The president also brought up allegations of corruption against his son Hunter Biden, which the ex-VP refused to answer to.
Also in his interview with WKYC, Biden said he was excited for the format of the second debate, which according to the Commission on Presidential Debates website "will take the form of a town meeting."
"But the next debate is going to be a town hall-type debate and I'm really looking forward to it because, as I understand it, audience members are going to ask us a question, we get to answer the question each of us," Biden said to WKYC.
"And I just hope there's an opportunity to actually answer the question."
It is unclear what format changes the commission might make ahead of the next debate.
Many have suggested a mute button for the moderator, but that would still likely allow an interrupting candidate to be picked up on the other's mic and the interruptions would still disrupt proceedings.
Wallace also needed to remind Biden multiple times throughout the debate to not interrupt Trump when it was the president's turn to answer a question.
The vice-presidential debate is scheduled for Oct. 7 and the second presidential debate will be on Oct. 15.
The final presidential debate will be on Oct. 22, just under two weeks before the election.