There’s an insane amount of pressure for politicians to get their message out there but one slip-up can end up on headlines, more-so than their campaign.
Vice President Joe Biden called out the Democratic Senate candidate in Virginia by the wrong first name twice during his fundraiser.
“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.
You can’t blame Hurricane Sandy for the confusion. VP Biden headlined a fundraiser for Kaine back in May as the former governor runs for Senate against Republican George Allen. Kaine also served as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011, ABC News (link back here) reports.
Like hawks on the prowl, the Romney campaign was quick to chop up a clip highlighting the flub and circulating it 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,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith retaliated in another statement. “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.”
Biden, who was accompanied by his wife Dr. Jill Biden, was scheduled to hold an additional event in Virginia Beach, Va., today, but the campaign cancelled due to the storm.