The post-debate coverage team for CNN ripped Joe Biden for his performance during the last showdown between Democrats before the 2020 Iowa caucuses.
Biden, 77, faced off against six of his fellow 2020 Democrats in the CNN/Des Moines Registerdebate on Tuesday night but was criticized by the panel for a dull performance.
Commentator David Axelrod, who worked in the Obama administration as a senior adviser to the president, questioned Biden’s energy levels, saying, “His closing was very strong, but you wonder where that energy is throughout the debate. There were times when he seemed, very much, low energy.”
CNN reporter Nia-Malika Henderson agreed, saying, “I thought Biden had a terrible debate. This is the moment where he has come into this debate saying that he is the one who can take on Donald Trump, that he is steady and strong. He seemed none of those things in that debate, certainly the whole way through.”