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Joe Biden's old-guy machismo is a serious flaw – but also what voters love about him | Ross Barkan

Biden was praised for his aggressive brawling with Paul Ryan during the 2012 vice-presidential debates

On Thursday, Joe Biden, the Democratic frontrunner for president, angrily confronted a voter in Iowa who didn’t like him very much. Biden deemed him a “damn liar” and “too old to vote for me” and maybe, just maybe, “fat”.

The man, an 83-year-old retired farmer, had challenged Biden on one of his many vulnerabilities – his son’s high-paying work for a Ukrainian energy company. Without direct evidence, the man said Biden, then the

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