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Democratic frontrunner and former vice president Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris met for the first time at CNN’s Democratic debate and he was plunged into hot water when he called her a “kid” after they shook hands at the start of their second encounter.
As the California senator walked to the stage of the Fox Theatre in Detroit to shake Biden’s hand, he can be heard telling the 53-year-old congresswoman:
Go easy on me, kid.
Joe Biden tells Kamala Harris on stage: "Go easy on me, kid" #DemDebate https://t.co/D4paMNybMW https://t.co/Gz7SBiJ6jR — CNN Politics (@CNN Politics)
Harris appears to smile at Mr Biden before she's heard to simply say: “How are you doing, you good?’
Kid? https://t.co/KDvxxIwoXz — Ian Sams (@Ian Sams)
I know Bidenisms and "kid" certainly is one, but urging a 54-year-old U.S. senator and opponent "go easy on me, kid… https://t.co/cjG170UHrQ — Jennifer Epstein (@Jennifer Epstein)
Yes, Joe Biden said, “go easy on me kid” to Kamala Harris when they shook hands. Yes, that is totally obnoxious. — Jessica Valenti (@Jessica Valenti)
We’ve checked the audio. @JoeBiden definitely said “Go Easy on Me Kid” to @KamalaHarris … Bet you $100, she didn’t think it was funny. Wow. — Maeve Reston (@Maeve Reston)
@JessicaValenti Lmao ya'll never heard of a saying? She's clearly younger than him so he said it in a friendly way but go awwf 🙄 — ♒ Feb 8 🥳 (@♒ Feb 8 🥳)
Honest question for folks that cover Biden: does he say "kid" to grown male colleagues? Just wondering.
#DemDebate https://t.co/GoJrN3Ku5Z — Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)
"I didn’t really think much about it,” she said.
We’re both on that stage running for president … nobody’s going to define me on that stage.
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