Burris slips up in introducing Durbin

April 27, 2009 1:15:24 PM PDT
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is younger than Sen. Roland Burris, but that didn't stop Burris from calling his fellow Democrat Illinois' "senior citizen."The 71-year-old Burris introduced Durbin at an event Monday with Vice President Joe Biden. Instead of calling his 64-year-old colleague Illinois' senior senator, Burris called him "the senior citizen of the great state of Illinois."

The audience laughed, and Burris quickly corrected his error.

Apparently, it wasn't the first time Burris had made that slip. He told the crowd at a window factory on Chicago's North Side that he made the same faux pas at a committee hearing once.


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