TheBlaze's Aaron Colen reported that "it's Biden's drop from the previous [Monmouth] poll that stands out: in June, Biden held the lead at 32 percent according to a Monmouth poll, dropping to 19 percent within just a few months".
Two days after journalists debated the ethics of covering Joe Biden's rapid-fire propensity for gaffes, an interesting case study on the former vice-president's storytelling process was reported on by the Washington Post.
This is not the first that Biden has attempted to dismiss concerns about his credibility by going on defense. At the North Carolina home of former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles, Biden told about 140 donors that Trump has coddled dictators including "that thug Putin, " a reference to the Russian president, and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, "a pure unadulterated butcher". Do not pin it on me, sir. I didn't do my job, sir. Please, sir, do not do that. "He died. He died!"
The 600 or so people who filled the gymnasium at Clinton College were enthusiastic - giving Biden a jolt of energy that pundits say is missing from his campaign.
Several voters have said Biden's slips of the tongue play little part in their choice of candidate, and his deputy campaign manager seized on a CBS report Friday from SC that reflected such sentiments.
But the facts were wrong, according to the Post, which interviewed more than a dozen U.S. troops, their commanders and Biden campaign officials.
Biden traveled to Kunar province in 2008 as a senator, not as vice president.
"He can't remember who the prime minister of the United Kingdom is".
The Navy captain, Biden recalled, had rappelled into a 60-foot ravine under fire and recovered the body of a comrade, carrying him on his back, and the general wanted Biden to pin a Silver Star on the reluctant American hero.
But according to the Washington Post, who spoke to more than a dozen military and campaign sources, "Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient, as well as his own role in the ceremony" wrong.
Biden relayed the story at a town hall event last week in Hanover, New Hampshire.
"I don't understand what they're talking about, but the central point is it was absolutely accurate what I said", Biden told the paper, adding that he had not read the DC paper's report. "He died. He died, Mr".
While popular among Democrats, partly through serving as Barack Obama's vice president, Biden has yet to demonstrate electric appeal among liberal base voters but may be able to call on a silent army of more moderate Democrats less active in the primary race.