Swalwell took a swing at former Vice President Joe Biden’s (D) age during Thursday night’s Democratic debate, telling the 76-year-old candidate to “pass the torch” to the next generation.
“I’m still holding on to that torch,” Biden responded.
The 38-year-old presidential hopeful then resurfaced the video footage of Biden, a senator at the time, talking about passing the torch to the new, younger generation.
Watch those videos below:
Rep. Swalwell: "Joe Biden was right when he said it was time to #passthetorch to a new generation of Americans 32 years ago. He is still right…"
Question: "Mr. VP, would you like to sing a torch song?"
— The Hill (@thehill) June 28, 2019
I was 6 when a presidential candidate said it is time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans. That candidate was Joe Biden. He was right 32 years ago. He’s still right today. Let's #PassTheTorch!
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) June 28, 2019
During Thursday’s segment of “The View,” McCain expressed her distaste for Swalwell’s “ageist crap.”
“I want experience and people who know how Washington works and who have served and had a life and experiences they can bring to the White House,” she said. “… Eric Swalwell, take a seat. You’re an asterisk on the end, OK?”
Co-host Sunny Hostin agreed that she hates “ageism,” but she also “didn’t feel that Joe Biden appeared fresh in his thoughts.”
Watch their comments below:
During the debate, Biden fumbled while answering questions about his and former President Barack Obama’s records as IJR Red reported. His campaign later downplayed a report that staffers were “freaking out” after his poor performance in the debate.
As IJR Red noted, McCain previously dismissed the low-polling 2020 Democratic candidates ahead of the first debate, likening the field to “Hollywood Squares” because there are “so many.”
“I’m sorry, it doesn’t take a political scientist … to know that some of these people ain’t going to be president,” McCain said last week. “You ain’t never going to be president now!”
If Swalwell wants a fighting chance, he’s going to have to gain more traction ahead of the next Democratic debate.