CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden forgot where the camera was and instead spoke to a screen in front of him during an event in Iowa.

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FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Liberty and Justice Celebration in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

THE FACTS: That description of what Biden did at the Iowa Democratic Party's Liberty and Justice Celebration, on Nov. 1, is inaccurate. After the event, social media users began circulating a C-Span clip which appeared to show Biden, 76, talking to a screen instead of an audience or the camera. Some posters used the footage to joke about his age.

In actuality, Biden, who was standing on an elevated stage, was speaking to an audience surrounding him at tables below — out of view from the camera angle. Reporters and a photographer covering the event for the AP confirmed that Biden was speaking to the audience. The large screen that Biden appears to be looking toward was at the far side of the room, past the audience.

During his speech, Biden said he would overhaul health care and called for party unity. In the clip circulating with the false claim, Biden can be heard saying, "I learned something early on from my family, my mom and dad, they said, Joey, nobody is better than you but everyone is your equal. Everyone is your equal." The video then cuts off. Biden has received criticism for gaffes he has made during campaign events, including mixing up dates.

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