The Art of the Gaffe

Is Joe Biden’s classic campaign schtick perfect for 2020?

On May 8, the new Future of the Middle Class Initiative at Brookings and the Biden Foundation co-hosted a forum on the future of the middle class, featuring a keynote address by former Vice President Joe Biden. (photo: Brookings Institution)

Joe Biden has been called many things: Vice President of the United States, consummate deal-maker, progressive-liberal stalwart; he has also been called, and called himself, and a gaffe machine.

Selling Biden as the perfect foil for the inexperienced but meticulous Barack Obama in 2008 is one thing. In the presidential race of 2020, voters will…



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