Another Gaffe? Joe Biden Mistakenly Refers to Julian Castro as 'Cisneros'
2020 candidate gets confused about his primary competitor
Former Vice President Joe Biden incorrectly referred to his primary competitor Julián Castro by another name of Spanish origin while addressing his campaign’s Latino and Hispanic outreach efforts.
Self-proclaimed gaffe machine Biden said during a campaign event in Florence, South Carolina on Saturday:
“So, even though that I’m the only campaign that I’m aware of — maybe, maybe Cisneros’ campaign is doing it, I’m not sure — or, Castro’s campaign is doing it,” Biden said
“The fact is that we have reached out into the African – excuse me, into the Hispanic community, and the Latino community over my entire career.”
Castro is the only Latino candidate running for president who hopes to capture Hispanic and Latino voters.
He was also the secretary of housing and urban development in the Obama era, and Biden, who was Vice president at the time, even swore in Castro.
According to The Washington Examiner: No one named Cisneros is in the presidential race, though there are a few with that name in national politics.
A progressive Democratic primary challenger to Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar is named Jessica Cisneros.
Gil Cisneros is a freshman Democratic congressman from California. Henry Cisneros was Ronald Reagan’s housing secretary from 1981 to 1989.
Castro criticized Biden during a September Democratic presidential primary debate stage for selectively using former President Barack Obama’s legacy to his benefit.
“Every time something good about Barack Obama comes up, he says, 'Oh, I was there, I was there, I was there, that’s me, too,' and then every time somebody questions part of the administration that we were both part of, he says, 'Well, that was the president.' I mean, he wants to take credit for Obama’s work, but not have to answer to any questions,” Castro said during the debate.
Biden brought up Castro on Saturday when asked about Republicans commandeering a URL referencing the Biden campaign’s “Todos Con Biden” (“All for Biden” in Spanish) Hispanic and Latino outreach initiative.
“They’re really wonderful people, the Trump campaign,” Biden sarcastically said of the website.
“We couldn’t buy every single site out there,” Biden said.
“What happened was there are websites that you can buy, so they went out and bought anything that had to do with Joe Biden.”
Earlier this year, Biden had trouble remembering former President Obama’s name during a discussion about Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
In the video, Biden referenced comments President Donald Trump made during his press conference at the G7 summit.
“He’s saying that it was President … my boss … it was his fault.” Biden seemed to forget the name of "his boss."
Biden even flubbed Obama’s name in 2012, telling a crowd that a “pernicious” Mitt Romney ad claimed that “President Clinton bankrupted Chrysler so that Italians could buy it to ship jobs overseas to China.”