Stephen Colbert Recaps Joe Biden Gaffes From Fifth Democratic Debate

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Following the fifth Democratic primary debate on Wednesday, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert went live once again with host offering highlights of the night.

With the debate taking place at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Colbert joked "half of the candidates were played by Madea."

Ten polling candidates hit the debate stage: Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; former Vice President Joe Biden; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; California Sen. Kamala Harris; and entrepreneur Andrew Yang. 

Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke dropped out of the race in early November, whereas former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro failed to meet polling requirements.

Despite Nov. 20 being Joe Biden's 77th birthday, Colbert did not hold back on recapping some of the former vice president's missteps. The host first touched on Biden sending a fundraising email, intended to be released after the debate, roughly eight hours before it began. Colbert shared another premature message from Biden, this one being for winning the presidency.

The host also touched on one of Biden's "poor choice of words" from the debate stage. While expressing how he'd address sexual violence, Biden said, "No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman in anger other than in self-defense, and that rarely ever occurs." He continued, "So we have to just change the culture, period, and keep punching at it and punching it and punching at it."

Colbert offered a few more lines, such as "We gotta chain up that racism. We gotta stuff that homophobia back in the closet."

One of the more humorous exchanges of Wednesday's debate came from Cory Booker challenging Biden’s recent comments that he would not push to legalize marijuana and that it's a "gateway drug." Booker looked over at Biden and smiled, saying, "I thought you might have been high when you said it." 

Cobert joked, "To which Biden asked, 'Why do I look high?' I think everyone can tell you're a cop. You have to tell me if you're a cop." 

Moving on to Sen. Klobuchar, the host recapped her reminding the audience that she once raised $17,000 from ex-boyfriends for her 2006 Senate run. "Technically, if they are giving you cash, they're not called boyfriends," Colbert said. 

Andrew Yang's MATH pin also caught the host's attention, which stands for Yang's slogan "Make America Think Harder." Colbert noted, "I say we can think bigger. Why not make everyone think harder?"