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Biden had late congresswoman 'top of mind' when he called out for her at event, White House says

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By Robert Schroeder

President Joe Biden had a recently deceased congresswoman at "top of mind" when he called out for her at an event on Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said. While giving opening remarks at a conference on hunger and nutrition, Biden asked, "Jackie, are you here? Where's Jackie," referring to the late Rep. Jackie Walorski, an Indiana Republican who died in a car crash in August. The congresswoman was a member of the House Hunger Caucus, and Biden was "acknowledging her incredible work," Jean-Pierre said. One Republican member of the House called Biden's misstatement an "awful and disgraceful blunder."

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