Fact check: Viral video of Joe Biden on running for Senate is missing context

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The claim: Video shows Joe Biden saying, ‘I’m running as a proud Democrat for the Senate’

McKenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY  2 hrs ago

© LORI KING/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally at UAW Local 14 in Toledo, Ohio, on Monday.Social media users have attempted to paint Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as mentally unfit by sharing altered videos that falsely claim he fell asleep on live television and botched the Pledge of Allegiance.

A viral 12-second clip on Facebook is now being used to claim that the former vice president got confused about which office he was seeking in the 2020 election.

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“Biden said he’s running for the Senate again!” reads the caption of a video that has been shared over 3,000 times and has over 78,000 views.

“Biden is running for SENATE?” wrote an Instagram user along with the clip. “I thought he was running for POTUS.”

Other users shared a list of reasons why “today has been a bad day for Biden” including that he said he was running for Senate and directed voters to a nonexistent website, among others.

The users behind the posts have not returned USA TODAY’s requests for comment.

In the video, which comes from Biden’s campaign stop in Ohio on Oct. 12, Biden is featured saying, “You know, we have to come together. That’s why I’m running as a proud Democrat for the Senate.”

Some versions of the video end there, while others skip to the end of Biden’s speech where he says, “I’m running as a proud Democrat for the Senate. So vote! Vote! Visit iwill.com/ohio.”

The claim was amplified after President Donald Trump tweeted about it on two different occasions. A shortened version of the clip was also posted by the Trump campaign on YouTube with the caption: “Joe Biden: ‘I’m running as a proud Democrat for the Senate.'”

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Video is edited and missing context
During Biden’s full 27-minute speech in Toledo, Ohio, the former vice president addressed United Auto Workers who represent a local General Motors’ plant during a drive-in rally outside of the UAW Local 14 union hall, the Associated Press reported.

Speaking to the autoworkers, Biden highlighted his upbringing and argued that he best represents the interests of the working class, while criticizing Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

“I don’t respect people based on whether they own a mansion,” Biden told voters in the battleground state. “I don’t judge them based on whether they belong to a country club. You and I measure people by the strength of their character.”

Biden, who spent 36 years as a senator from Delaware, spoke about his experience running as a “proud Democrat” throughout the years. However, when talking about his run for Senate he spoke in the wrong verb tense, creating confusion.

“You know, we have to come together and that is why I am running as a proud Democrat for the Senate,” Biden said midsentence before the video cuts off.

He then goes on to say: “When I ran as a proud Democrat for vice president and running as a proud Democrat for president. I promise you this, I will govern as an American president. I will govern for everyone who voted for me as well as against me. We can be better than what we have seen. We can be what we are at our best. The United States of America. So vote! Vote! Visit iwill.com/ohio.”

BBC posted a video of Trump mocking Biden during his campaign rally in Florida, followed by Biden’s full remarks.

The Biden campaign has not responded to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

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Our ruling: Missing context
The viral video claiming to show that Biden said he was running for Senate is MISSING CONTEXT, based on our research. The full footage reveals that the video cuts off Biden midsentence before the rest of his remarks where he talks about running as a “proud Democrat” throughout the years. The video takes Biden’s words out of context and, in some versions of it, removes a portion of the speech in between.

Our fact-check sources:
YouTube, Oct. 12, LIVE Joe Biden Speech from Toledo, Ohio
Associated Press, Oct. 12, Biden makes big push in Ohio, once seen as a long shot for him
The Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 12, Unwilling to leave Ohio to Trump, Biden says president ‘doesn’t know what he’s doing’
C-SPAN, Oct. 12, Joe Biden Delivers Remarks in Toledo on the Economy
BBC, Oct. 13, Did Joe Biden really say he was running for the Senate?
PolitiFact, Oct. 14, Facebook video edits Joe Biden’s comments on running for Senate, president
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Slide 1 of 25: Rose Keeler, 60, of Fairfield, holds a Biden Harris sign outside Union Terminal in Cincinnati as Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks inside on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.

1/25 SLIDES © Hannah Ruhoff
Rose Keeler, 60, of Fairfield, holds a Biden Harris sign outside Union Terminal in Cincinnati as Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks inside on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Viral video of Joe Biden on running for Senate is missing context

 

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