Jill Biden: 'The Gaffe Issue Is Over'

By Susan Jones | September 28, 2020 | 7:21am EDT
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden after the first Biden-Harris press conference in Wilmington, Delaware, on August 12, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden after the first Biden-Harris press conference in Wilmington, Delaware, on August 12, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Delicately treading on Joe Biden's mental state, CNN's Jake Tapper gave Jill Biden a pass when she firmly rejected Tapper's suggestion that "your husband has been known to make the occasional gaffe."

"Oh, you can't even go there. After Donald Trump, you cannot even say the word gaffe," Mrs. Biden told Tapper in an interview that aired on Sunday.

"I can't even say the word 'gaffe'?" Tapper asked her.

"Nope. Done," Jill Biden said. "It's gone."

"The gaffe issue is over, because--" Tapper started to say.

"Over. So over," Mrs. Biden firmly interrupted.

And that was that -- Tapper moved on to another subject.

Immediately preceding the "gaffe" conversation, Jill Biden said her husband is ready to debate Trump this Tuesday night:

One of the things I am excited for is when the American people see Joe Biden up there on that stage. They're going to see what a president looks like, someone who is, like I'm saying, calm, steady, strong, resilient. It's like night and day between the two candidates.

And so I can't wait for the American people to see Joe, to see that statesman up there in front of the American public.

On policy issues, Mrs. Biden, a longtime advocate for military families, said her husband will "build on the Affordable Care Act."

"I can tell you this, when Joe is elected on November 3rd, the government will do more. I mean, Joe intends to build on the Affordable Care Act. We need to help our military by doing more for veterans' hospitals. There's so much more we need to do to help our military."

Mrs. Biden said as first lady, she would relaunch Joining Forces, a military support effort announced in 2011 by then-first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.

When their son Beau returned from a tour of Iraq, he told Jill that she and Mrs. Obama should be working on "mental health."

"So we need to expand mental health services for service members. Across the board with ACA, the Affordable Care Act, we need to increase mental health support.

"Earlier today, I was talking to educators. And they said to me, Jill, what we need is more mental health support in our schools. So, this pandemic has created so much anxiety and uncertainty, not only for members of the military and their families but for all American families. So I think, you know, this is something that we have to pick up and support our American families."

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