The Presidential candidate appears to have forgotten the name of the great recession, as well as the details of a stimulus package he oversaw while service as Vice-President to Barack Obama.
On Saturday, Biden was speaking at a virtual town hall of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), a labor organization in the U.S. and Canada with more than 200,000 member that represents the public transit industry. He began his speech by thanking the ATU as it was one of the first unions to endorse him, according to Newsweek.
At one point, Biden began discussing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which is the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed this year. He compared the stimulus bill to his own, which he oversaw under President Obama during the economic recession between 2007 and 2009.
The presidential nominee appeared to stumble over its name, and became confused by the size of the stimulus package.
“You may remember, when we went through this with the Great… with the uh, that, that, uh, uh, the single most significant recession in American history short of a depression, and Barack and I came into office and we were inherited the Bush recession, I was asked to manage the recovery act which was $80 billion. Eighty billion do… excuse me, $800 billion,” Biden said.
Biden is known for his gaffes. He recently suggested 200 million people would die of COVID-19 by the time he finished his speech.