LYNCHBURG, Va. — Vice President Joe Biden mixed up the name of the Democratic Senate candidate in Virginia today, calling him by the wrong first name not once, but twice.
“I want to tell you, it’s good to be in a state that’s going to be represented by Tim Kaine. What a guy! There is a decent honorable man. That man has more integrity in his little finger than most people have in their whole body. I’m a big Tom Kaine fan, a big Tom Kaine fan,” Biden said at the Lynchburg City Armory.
In May, the vice president headlined a fundraiser for Kaine, a former governor of Virginia who is running for the Senate seat in Virginia against Republican George Allen, also a former Virginia governor. Kaine also served as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011.
The Romney campaign was quick to highlight the vice president’s flub, circulating a video of the forgetful moment on Twitter.
“Vice President Biden forgot the name of his own Virginia Democratic Senate nominee and he wants voters to forget about President Obama’s failed economic policies and lack of a real agenda for a second term,” Ryan Williams, spokesman for Romney, said in a statement.
“Once again, Mitt Romney’s campaign is showing their focus on the big things — like one letter in Tim Kaine’s name. If they put as much time and effort into their policies, maybe we’d finally have an answer for how they’d pay for $5 trillion in tax cuts weighted to the very wealthy,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a statement.
Earlier in the week, Biden mistakenly said he was in Iowa while campaigning in Ohio.
Biden, who was accompanied by his wife Dr. Jill Biden, initially was scheduled to hold an additional event in Virginia Beach, Va., today, but the campaign cancelled the event “out of an abundance of caution to ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can stay focused on ensuring the safety of people who might be impacted by the storm.”
The vice president was supposed to be joined today by his son Beau, the attorney general of Delaware and a member of the Delaware National Guard, but Beau Biden had to return home to Delaware to help the National Guard prepare for the impending storm.
“On behalf of our son Beau, he’s the attorney general of Delaware and a national guard member, he was literally — drove down from Wilmington, was sitting in Air Force 2 as we were about to take off, and we’re in the car coming from the residence to the plane. He called me and said ‘Dad, the governor just called up the National Guard, I’m going home.’ So he apologizes for not being here, he wanted to be here,” Biden said.
Biden spoke to a crowd of 1,500, according to the city’s deputy fire marshal, and railed against what he said was the Republican ticket’s flip-flopping, saying Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan are hoping voters will have “amnesia” on Election Day.
“And now the governor is running away from everything he said in the last year and a half and the congressman is running away from everything he voted for. I mean I’m not making this up. This is real,” Biden said. “They’re counting on the American people to have an overwhelming case of amnesia on November the 6th.”