Former Vice President Joe Biden accidentally referred to fellow presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as “the president” during a heated exchange on health care during the third Democratic presidential debate Thursday.

“The president, or my friend from Vermont —” Biden said, gesturing to Sanders as he and the Vermont senator traded barbs on health care and the costs of Sanders’s “Medicare for All” proposal.


Biden has previously accidentally referred to his fellow candidate, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), as “the president” in an earlier debate.

The brief error came shortly before former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro hit Biden for “forgetting what you said two minutes ago” regarding whether his own health care proposals would require a buy-in.

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