Biden skipping the Super Bowl interview perplexes CNN's Tapper: ‘What’s he afraid of?’

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CNN anchor Jake Tapper was skeptical of President Biden for skipping nan accepted statesmanlike Super Bowl question and reply this year, asking Rep. Robert Garcia, D-Calif., what nan president is "afraid of."

Tapper’s comments happened during an section of his web show, "The Lead" connected Friday, successful nan aftermath of Biden’s property convention responding to Special Counsel Robert Hur’s study calling him an "elderly man pinch mediocre memory."

In ray of nan renewed speech astir Biden’s intelligence acuity, Tapper pressed nan lawmaker connected whether Biden is hiding because of this belief that he’s confused and gaffe-prone. 

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He began by noting Biden’s caller viral gaffes, 1 being his declare that he precocious met pinch erstwhile French President Mitterrand, who died earlier Biden became president, different that he claimed he said to precocious erstwhile German chancellor Helmut Kohl successful 2021 – erstwhile he died successful 2017 – and nan latest 1 involving him confusing nan presidents of Mexico and Egypt successful a property convention he gave defending nan value of his memory.

He pressed Garcia, who was location to take sides Biden, stating, "Now look, group misspeak. I get it. I misspeak. But portion of nan occupation of president is having nan assurance of nan American group successful your faculties. Forget what Robert Hur said successful nan report, this is President Biden speaking publicly."

The big past asked nan lawmaker if he tin fathom why "a mostly of Democrats are concerned."

Garcia went to bat for Biden, declaring, "I mean, location should beryllium nary concern. Here’s nan reality. President Biden, who I’ve been astir galore times conscionable successful this past year, is sharp, he’s focused, he’s bright, he’s experienced. And pinch property besides comes unthinkable wisdom."

"This is nan astir prepared personification ever to beryllium President of nan United States," he added. 

Garcia besides touted Biden’s statesmanlike accomplishments, and said that Democrats are "actually very assured successful this president."

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Tapper acknowledged Garcia’s points, but suggested that Biden has "aged" since he started covering him astir 2 decades ago.

He past brought up Biden skipping nan Super Bowl interview, stating, "[Biden's] not doing nan accepted Super Bowl question and reply pinch nan web that’s hosting nan Super Bowl."

"What is he acrophobic of erstwhile it comes to doing that interview?" Tapper asked. 

Garcia laughed it off, and denied that ducking nan question and reply is simply a concern. He replied, "He’s not acrophobic of anything. First, nan president’s sewage a engaged schedule. I mean, who cares if he’s not doing nan Super Bowl interview? Just yesterday he did a primetime property conference."

After Garcia touted much of Biden’s accomplishments and issues he’s dealing with, Tapper replied, "It’s not that group attraction astir whether aliases not he does nan Super Bowl interview. It’s a missed opportunity to speak to tens of millions of Americans."