President-elect Joe Biden did not make the smoothest introduction of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary nominee Xavier Becerra during a Tuesday event unveiling Biden’s health and coronavirus team.
On Monday, the Biden transition announced that Becerra, California’s attorney general and a former Democratic congressman, would be the president-elect’s pick to head HHS. The choice led to criticism from prominent Republicans who have pointed to Becerra’s past support for Medicare-for-all and his progressive stance on abortion.
However, Biden briefly took the focus off that controversy by botching the formal introduction of the pick.
“For Secretary of Health and Education Services, I nominate Xavier Bacheria,” Biden said while reading from the teleprompter.
A moment later, Biden correctly pronounced Becerra’s last name.
In October, Biden raised eyebrows for mispronouncing the first name of his running mate, now-Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, after critics previously claimed that saying her first name incorrectly was bigoted.
Back in September, the then-Democratic nominee bungled the order of the Democratic ticket by referring to a “Harris-Biden administration” in a campaign speech.