Biden Tells DesMoines Activist "You Have To Go Vote For Someone Else"
Biden tells Des Moines activist 'vote for someone else' in tense exchange
Updated: 10:30 PM CST Jan 29, 2020
DES MOINES, Iowa —
A video of Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden telling a Des Moines political activist to vote for someone else has received millions of views on social media.
Former Iowa legislator and Democrat Ed Fallon said his testy exchange with Biden occurred Sunday during a campaign stop at Urban Dreams in Des Moines.
He said he waited in line for a picture and wanted to confront Biden on his climate change proposals. Another member of Fallon's Bold Iowa group recorded their interaction.
"I'm going to support you if you win the nomination because we gotta get rid of (President Donald) Trump," Fallon said to Biden in the video.
Fallon said Biden became agitated when Fallon did not agree to support him in the caucuses.
In the video, Fallon can be heard saying, "We got to stop building and replacing pipelines." Biden responded by saying,: "You have to go vote for someone else. You're not going to vote for me in the primary."
When Fallon reiterated that he would support Biden in the general election if he wins the nomination, Biden said., "I','m looking at the primary and a caucus. That's what I'm looking for, OK? Now you believe that Bernie can do something by 2030? "
Fallon said he plans to support Tom Steyer in the Iowa caucuses.
He said he was surprised that Biden told him to vote for someone else.
"I did not expect to be told to leave, to go vote for somebody else, then to be lectured about," Fallon said.
The video also showed Biden pressing on Fallon's chest, poking him with a finger and grabbing his jacket with two hands.
"It was not appropriate interaction with anybody," Fallon said. "I mean, if I'd done that to him, the security would have been all over me."
Fallon said he is not asking the Biden campaign for an apology, though he said he would accept one. Instead, he said he is more concerned about finding the right candidate to fight climate change and beat Trump.
"I don't think he can beat Trump and you have him actively telling people like me, 'Don't vote for me, vote for somebody else,'" he said. "Well, that's not helpful, not helpful at all."
Biden's campaign staffers told KCCI that they are aware of the incident but declined to comment on it.