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.

I 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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  1. Politics: Americans feel Trump's sickness makes him harder to trustFlorida breaks record for in-person early voting — McConnell urges White House not to strike stimulus deal before election — Republican senators defend Fauci as Trump escalates attacks.
  2. Health: The next wave is gaining steam.
  3. Education: Schools haven't become hotspots — University of Michigan students ordered to shelter-in-place.
  4. World: Ireland moving back into lockdown — Argentina becomes 5th country to report 1 million infections.

Report: Goldman to settle DOJ probe into Malaysia's 1MDB for over $2B

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Goldman Sachs has agreed with the Department of Justice to pay over $2 billion for the bank's role in Malaysia's multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: The settlement, expected to be announced within days, would allow Goldman Sachs to avoid a criminal conviction in the U.S. over the bribery and money laundering scandal that saw three of its former bankers banned for life from the banking industry by the Federal Reserve Board.

Trump threatens to post "60 Minutes" interview early after reportedly walking out

Trump speaks to reporters aboard Air Force One, Oct. 19. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he was considering posting his interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" prior to airtime in order to show "what a FAKE and BIASED interview" it was, following reports that he abruptly ended the interview after 45 minutes of taping.

Why it matters: Trump has escalated his war on the media in the final stretch of his re-election campaign, calling a Reuters reporter a "criminal" this week for not reporting on corruption allegations about Hunter Biden and disparaging CNN as "dumb b*stards" for the network's ongoing coronavirus coverage.