Biden gets in testy exchange in Iowa: 'You're a damn liar'

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 Thursday got in a tense back-and-forth with an audience member during an Iowa campaign stop after the man made debunked claims that the former vice president sent his son Hunter Biden to work for an energy company in Ukraine.

“You’re a damn liar, man. That’s not true,” Biden shot back at the man, who said the claims, which have been circulated by some on the right, were backed up by reporting on television.

After some cross-talk, Biden told the man, “By the way … I’m not sedentary,” before going on to challenge him to a push-up contest and other physical tests.

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“You want to check my shape man, let’s do pushups together here, man,” Biden told him. “Let’s run. Let’s do whatever you want to do. Let’s take an IQ test. OK?”

When the man replied that he wouldn’t be voting for Biden in the primary, the former Delaware senator replied: “Of course you’re not; you’re too old to vote for me!” 

Biden campaign senior adviser Symone SandersSymone SandersThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden seeks to tamp down controversy over remarks about black support African American figures slam Biden on ‘you ain’t black’ comments Biden regrets remarks about black support: ‘I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy’ MORE later took to Twitter to defend the former vice president, saying the attendee’s “facts were flat-out wrong” and “the crowd backed VP Biden up in his response.”

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Biden, who would become the oldest person ever elected president should he win his party’s nomination and defeat 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, has repeatedly brushed off any questions about his health and physical fitness on the campaign trail.

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Should he win the general election in 2020, Biden would be 78 by Inauguration Day. Trump previously set the record for age at a presidential inauguration – he was 70 years old when he was sworn into office in 2017.

The tense exchange at the event Thursday comes as Biden has pushed back against claims promoted by Trump and his allies that the former vice president acted inappropriately by pressing Ukraine to fire a top prosecutor in 2015 while his son served on the board of Burisma, a Kyiv-based oil holdings company that had been investigated by Ukrainian officials.

Both Bidens have denied any wrongdoing, and claims that the vice president acted with his son’s interests in mind have been found to be baseless, though GOP lawmakers have pushed to investigate the efforts amid the House impeachment inquiry targeting Trump’s own interactions with Ukraine.

In his now-infamous July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump asked Zelensky to investigate the Bidens and the 2016 presidential election, telling the foreign leader to work with his personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSunday shows preview: Protests against George Floyd’s death, police brutality rock the nation for a second week Piers Morgan, Rudy Giuliani in furious debate over Trump: ‘You sound completely barking mad’ Rudy Giuliani calls on Cuomo to remove Bill de Blasio MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMilley discussed resigning from post after Trump photo-op: report OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ MORE.

The call is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry in the House, with Democrats arguing that Trump abused his power by asking a foreign government to interfere in U.S. elections and investigate a key political rival. Trump has maintained that the call was “perfect.”

—Updated at 5:39 p.m.

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