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Biden says he refuses to accept he's "the old guy" of the 2020 field

 Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks during the National Minority Quality Forum on April 9, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Former Vice President and Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Photo: Alex Edelman/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden told a Bay Area, California, fundraising event Saturday he won't be dismissed as "the old guy" of the 2020 Democratic presidential field, the Mercury News first reported.

QuoteI know I get criticized. 'Biden says he can bring the country together.' Well guess what, I refuse to accept, 'He's the old guy.' I refuse to accept the status quo."

Why it matters: Biden's age and decades-long career in politics has exposed him to critiques of his public voting record, among other things.

  • During Thursday's Democratic primary debate, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) referenced the former vice president's failed 1988 presidential bid — in which Biden, then 44 years old, said it was "time to pass the torch to a new generation." Swalwell pointed out he was 6 years old when Biden made that statement.

The big picture: Biden, 76, is the second eldest Democratic presidential candidate after 77-year-old Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

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