Did Joe Biden Make You Proud?

Joe Biden on the debate stage, raising his phone above his head.
Joe Biden at the October debate, which happened a month before the November debate, which is taking place after Biden sent out his post-debate email.
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On Wednesday night, Joe Biden was due to participate in the fifth Democratic primary debate along with nine other candidates at 9 p.m.

Six hours before the debate, though, at 3:06 p.m., Biden sent out this email:

Screenshot of Joe Biden's post-debate email.
Courtesy of the Joe Biden campaign

Whoops! Don’t worry, though. Biden’s team was on top of things. About an hour later, at 4:18 p.m., he sent out this email:

Screenshot of Joe Biden email acknowledging the error.
Courtesy of the Joe Biden campaign

As of this posting, the debate was still scheduled for 9 p.m., and Biden had not yet made anyone proud there.

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