Former Vice President Joe Biden kicked up the volume at the eighth Democrat debate on Friday.
The former vice president, dubbed by President Donald Trump “Sleepy Joe,” frequently yelled his answers to basic debate questions.
Biden suffered a fourth-place finish in Iowa, putting the squeeze on the vice president to perform better in the debates.
During the debate, Biden also seized a fountain pen on the podium and clenched it in his fist, waving it around to emphasize his points.
It was a sudden change for Biden, who frequently suffered gaffes and brain freezes on the stage during his responses in past debates, at times stumbling over statistics.
The yelling frequently took place when Biden was emphasizing his record as a Senator, which has been criticized by his fellow candidates in past debates.
The change was also noted by several debate viewers on Twitter.
BIDEN: I’m the only guy who beat the NRA twice! I set up drug courts! I put in a billion dollars to fight opioid addiction! Am I on a roll? Is the partial-yelling working? Did I solve a problem? Where am I?! WHERE AM I?!#DemDebate
— Paul Walter Hauser (@PaulWHauser) February 8, 2020
Biden has 150% more energy in this debate than he has in any others, is basically constantly in a state of yelling. Fourth place has lit a fire under his bum.
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) February 8, 2020
Biden literally yelling to get due credit for setting up drug courts is…….something
— Akela Lacy (@akela_lacy) February 8, 2020
I wish Biden would stop yelling at me
— AG (@AndyGlockner) February 8, 2020
i feel like this has been two hours of biden yelling?
— rat king (@MikeIsaac) February 8, 2020
— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) February 8, 2020
Biden is yelling. And mad.
— Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor) February 8, 2020
Why am I still watching Joe Biden on my television shaking his fist and yelling I WAS THERE at anyone who challenges him on anything
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) February 8, 2020
Whenever I see Biden on the debate stage I can’t help but think that he sounds like he’s never been on a debate stage before. The yelling, the rushed answers, ect. How is he not better at this?
— MichaelStarr Hopkins (@Theonlyhonest) February 8, 2020