Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden got into a tense exchange at an Iowa town hall and challenged a man to a push-up contest after the man asked the former vice president about his son Hunter’s job at a Ukrainian gas company.
“You’re a damn liar, man, that’s not true,” Biden told the man at the New Hampton, Iowa, town hall on Thursday.
The routine campaign stop turned heated when the man began talking about how President Trump was accused of using military aid to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to begin an investigation into Biden and his son, who was on the board of Burisma Holdings.
“But you, on the other hand, sent your son over there to get a job and work for a gas company that he had no experience for, absolutely nothing, in order to get access to the president,” the man told Biden. “You’re selling access to the president just like he was.”
“You’re a damn liar, man. That’s not true. And no one has ever said that,” Biden shot back.
The man said he saw reports on TV about it.
Biden then said he wasn’t “sedentary, I get up.”
“The reason I’m running is because I’ve been around a long time and I know more than most people know and I can get things done. That’s why I’m running,” Biden said.
“And if you want to check out my shape on, let’s do push-ups together, man, let’s run, let’s do whatever you want to do,” Biden continued to cheers from the audience, adding that his son did nothing wrong.
“I didn’t say you were doing anything wrong,” the man shot back.
“You said I set up my son to work at an oil company. Isn’t that what you said? Get your words straight, Jack,” Biden told him.
The man then said he heard the report about Ukraine on MSNBC, which Biden rejected.
“The hell I didn’t,” the voter said.
“I’m not going to get into an argument with you, man,” Biden eventually said.
“It looks like you don’t have any more backbone than Trump does,” the man said.
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