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Trump, Biden spar again over golf after viral debate exchange

The Biden campaign was in no mood for games Wednesday after Donald Trump challenged the president to go head-to-head on the links in a $1 million charity match following the two comparing their golf games in one of the most memorable exchanges of last month’s first debate.

Trump, 78, dared Biden, 81, to play 18 during a rollicking Tuesday night rally at Doral, Fla.

“I’m also officially challenging Crooked Joe to an 18-hole golf match right here on Doral’s Blue Monster, considered one of the greatest tournament golf courses anywhere in the world,” Trump teased, mocking Biden’s swing. “It will be among the most-watched sporting events in history.”

The presumptive Republican nominee also promised to give Biden “10 strokes a side” and donate $1 million to “any charity of his choice” if the president were to win.

President Barack Obama, from right, Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are on the first green as they play golf at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, June 18, 2011
At his rally at his Doral course in south Florida, the 45th president challenged President Biden to a golf match, even offering $1 million to a charity of Biden’s choice if he were to lose. AP

Biden’s team blasted out a po-faced response to Trump’s offer.

“Donald Trump hasn’t been seen in public for 12 days, now he’s inviting fictional serial killers to dinner, teasing lil’ Marco Rubio, praising Project 2025 architect Tom Homan, and challenging the President of the United States to golf,” Biden-Harris campaign spokesperson James Singer said in a statement.

“We’d challenge Donald Trump to create jobs, but he lost 3 million,” Singer added. “We’d challenge Donald Trump to stand up to Putin, but he bent the knee to him. We’d challenge Donald Trump to follow the law, but he breaks it. We’d challenge Donald Trump to not destroy our country,?but that’s all his Project 2025?aims to do.

“Joe Biden doesn’t have time for Donald Trump’s weird antics – he’s busy leading America and defending the free world,” Singer added, calling Trump “a liar, a convict, and a fraud only out for himself.”



The candidates had plenty of time to talk about golf during the June 27 CNN debate in Atlanta when they were asked about their phyisical and mental fitness for the office.

“I’m in very good health,” Trump responded to debate moderator Dana Bash. “I just won two club championships, not even senior, two regular club championships. To do that, you have to be quite smart and you have to be able to hit the ball a long way. And I do it. He doesn’t do it. He can’t hit a ball 50 yards. He challenged me to a golf match. He can’t hit a ball 50 yards.”

” I’d be happy to have a driving contest with him,” Biden said, before boasting that “I got my handicap, which, when I was vice president, down to a 6. And by the way, I told you before I’m happy to play golf if you carry your own bag. Think you can do it?”

“That’s the biggest lie that he’s a 6 handicap, of all,” Trump shot back, adding that “I’ve seen your swing, I know your swing” before scolding Biden: “Let’s not act like children.”

In Doral, the 45th president also offered to do another debate against Biden, but this time “man to man” with “no moderators” so the octogenarian could “prove” he still has the gusto to be president.  

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