Biden tells fundraisers he refuses to accept 'old guy' criticism

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE on Saturday said at a California fundraising event that he will not accept the criticism that he is an “old guy.”

“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,” he said, according to a pool report. 

Biden’s remark was met with applause. 

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“The status quo will not sustain us. I really mean it. It can’t happen. If we unite this country, think about it, there’s not a damn thing we can’t do,” he added. 

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellNASCAR bans display of Confederate flag from events and properties Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Grenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts MORE (D-Calif.), 38, swiped at Biden’s age during Thursday night’s Democratic debate. 

“Joe Biden was right when he said it was time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans 32 years ago, he’s still right today,” Swalwell said of the 76-year-old. 

“If we’re going to solve the issues of automation, pass the torch,” he added. 

Biden then touted his positions on education such as support for universal pre-kindergarten and free community college.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, 73, has also called Biden “slower than he used to be.”

Biden has consistently polled as the frontrunner of the more than two dozen candidates competing for the Democratic Party’s 2020 nomination. 

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