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Biden on 'Tonight Show': Trump Lacks 'Sensibilities'

"I've never known of a candidate who knows as little about the world as this man does," Biden said



    Vice President Joe Biden shares what surprised him most about the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. (Published Friday, Sept. 30, 2016)

    Vice President Joe Biden laughed and made the sign of the cross when asked to share his thoughts on the first presidential debate in his first appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on Monday night. 

    "I've never quite seen anything like that," Biden told host Jimmy Fallon, noting that this observation comes from experience. He debated Republican presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008.

    Monday night's showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was the most-watched presidential debate ever. The Nielsen company said 84 million viewers tuned in. A majority of voters who either watched the debate or said they followed debate coverage said Clinton won, according to the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Debate Reaction Poll.

    "I've never seen anybody who knew as few facts," Biden said of Trump's performance. A chuckle from Fallon prompted Biden to say, "You know, it's not a joke." The vice president then warned the audience he will turn serious for a moment to talk about the election. 

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    "What amazes me about Donald Trump, he's probably a decent guy, but his lack of sensibilities," Biden said.

    The vice president said it was "callous" of Trump to say that he rooted for the housing market to fail because it would make for good business opportunities. 

    He also questioned the assertion Trump made during the debate that he is "smart" for not paying federal taxes.

    "What does it make the rest of us? Suckers?" Biden said. "Can you think of any president, any president that you have studied read about or knew, who who would say anything like that? Name me one president who would do that. It angers me quite frankly."

    He continued, "It's one of the things that the American people really resent. The American people don't like being played for suckers."I can't imagine why somebody would say that makes me smart."

    He ended his thoughts on the subject by quoting his dad.

    "When someone would say 'Joe you know I pay too much in taxes,' he'd say 'it's a small price to pay to live in this country.' I mean just pay your fair share for god's sake."

    Biden said he's not surprised the presidential race is close, according to some polls, but is surprised Trump "did as well as he did in the Republican primaries" and that "he's still in the game."

    "I've never known of a candidate who knows as little about the world as this man does."