Biden suffers from ‘bad cold’ in Philadelphia at 40th annual ‘Joe Biden’s America’ fundraiser

Photo Former Vice President Joe Biden, who in 2016 became the third-highest ranking man in the U.S. government, is suffering from a cold, he told a crowd of some 15,000 in Philadelphia on Wednesday….

Biden suffers from ‘bad cold’ in Philadelphia at 40th annual ‘Joe Biden’s America’ fundraiser

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, who in 2016 became the third-highest ranking man in the U.S. government, is suffering from a cold, he told a crowd of some 15,000 in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

“I’m suffering from a bad cold,” Mr. Biden said, according to The Hill.

“I should avoid answering these questions,” he said, to laughter from the crowd. “They’ll think I’m not feeling well.”

Biden — whose health has been the subject of scrutiny ever since he was elected vice president — has in the past reacted to fainting spells with jokes and jokes about his health, including jokes made at the 2013 CNN town hall in Des Moines, where he collapsed in his motorcade. He also declared in April that his “never-get-thrown-over” prostate cancer was no longer the disease in which he was most concerned, although he still urged men to get tested for the disease.

Just two days ago, at his annual holiday campaign event in Washington, D.C., Biden took a shot at President Trump — the likely first GOP incumbent to face reelection in more than 30 years — by insisting that while all presidential candidates pass muster in the primary, they lack the one thing in the general election that separates them from their opponents: stamina.

“I know there are a lot of challenges coming up and a lot of tough decisions that are going to have to be made,” he said. “I think he’s going to learn pretty quickly as you get further down the road in dealing with the pressures of the presidency that having the stamina to do it all and to hold up under that, to get through the demands that he’s going to make on the presidency will be a pretty crucial factor in winning this.”

Biden — whose daughter Ashley Biden-Biden died of brain cancer in May 2015 at age 46 — has in the past spoken openly about the struggles he has faced in the face of adversity, including the assassination attempt on his eldest son, Beau Biden, in May 2006.

“I wish he had been there,” Biden told radio host Rachel Maddow in July 2017, after Donald Trump suggested the same. “Had Beau been there, Beau would be here.”

Read the full story at The Hill.

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