Former Vice President Joe Biden came out swinging during a town hall with voters in Iowa Thursday morning, calling one man at the meeting a “damn liar” and challenging him to tests of physical and mental endurance.
The Democratic presidential candidate even seemed about to make a reference to the man’s weight at one point during the exchange, saying, “Look, fat …” before stopping himself.
WATCH: A tense exchange with a voter at @JoeBiden’s event in New Hampton, IA this morning, where a voter started out by telling Biden he had two problems with him: he was too old, and his son’s work in Ukraine pic.twitter.com/ok7m0ShFPd— Molly Nagle (@MollyNagle3) December 5, 2019
During the meeting in New Hampton, Iowa, the man told Biden that he is too old for the job and criticized him for his son, Hunter Biden’s, work with the Burisma energy company in Ukraine.
“You’re a damn liar, man,” Biden shot back. “That’s not true.”
The man claimed to have seen reports about Hunter Biden on television, which prompted the elder Biden to says he’s not “sedentary” and gets up and around instead of sitting in front of the television.
“Former Vice President Fat Shames Blue Collar Dad”— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) December 5, 2019
“The reason I am running is that I have been around a long time and I know more than most people know and I can get things done,” Biden said.
When a staffer attempted to take away the man’s microphone, Biden stopped him and said let him talk. He then challenged the man to a push-up contest or running race, or IQ test, to “test my shape.”
TENSE Biden moment with voter here in New Hampton Iowa: "And if you wanna check out my shape on, let's do push-ups together men, let's run, let's do whatever you want to do."https://t.co/ALpsqQe0U4— Emily Larsen (@emilyelarsen) December 5, 2019
Biden is currently on day six of his “No Malarkey” bus tour across the early primary state.