Joe Biden has given a false account of when he turned against the Iraq War and cited details of a conversation with George W. Bush in 2003 that the former president’s aides and his current spokesman dismiss as wholly untrue.
Biden, the 2020 front-runner, said in the second Democratic presidential debate: “From the moment ‘shock and awe’ started, I was opposed to the effort and outspoken as much as anyone at all in the Congress and administration.”
He amplified the claim this week, adding vivid detail about what he claims Bush told him beforehand.
“He looked me in the eye in the Oval Office,” he told NPR this week, referring to 2002, when he was Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman. “He said he needed the vote to be able to get inspectors into Iraq to determine whether or not Saddam Hussein was engaged in dealing with a nuclear program. He got them in and before you know it, we had ‘shock and awe.’ Immediately, that moment it started, I came out against the war at that moment.”
But Biden continued to publicly back military action in Iraq for many months after the March 2003, U.S.-led invasion. In a July 2003 Senate floor speech, Biden, by ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stood squarely behind the invasion.
“I personally think this job is doable, or I wouldn’t have voted for us going into Iraq in the first place. I think it is doable,” Biden . “And I voted to go into Iraq and I’d vote to do it again.”
This was said in response to him conflating about five stories in trying to relate a tale about a medal he gave a service member.
Imagine if President Trump had said such a thing.
“That has nothing to do with judgment of whether or not you send troops to war, the judgment of whether you bring someone home, the judgment of whether you decide on a health-care policy,” Biden told the NPR Politics Podcast and Iowa Public Radio
“It’s like saying, ‘I had this very bright reporter, and I think her eyes were blue,’” he said. “What difference would it make about whether you were a bright reporter? Your eyes are brown. It’s irrelevant, and you know it.”
This is a funny story from the Washington Examiner. The guy is incapable of telling the truth.
For example, Biden once claimed to be a miner:
While running for president in 2008, Biden told the United Mine Workers that he was a coal miner.
“I hope you won’t hold it against me, but I am a hard-coal miner, anthracite coal, Scranton, Pennsylvania,” Biden said. “It’s nice to be back in coal country. It’s a different accent [in Virginia], but it’s the same deal. We were taught that our faith and our family was the only really important thing, and our faith and our family informed everything we did.”
The Biden campaign later told the AP that his comment was a “joke.” But it echoed another false claim he had made about coming from a family of coal miners during his 1988 campaign.
In a 1988 speech, Biden referred to “my ancestors, who worked in the coal mines of Northeast Pennsylvania and would come up after 12 hours and play football for four hours.” That line was plagiarized from a speech by British politician Neil Kinnock, whose family actually did work in the mines.
In 2004, Biden acknowledged that he did not have family members who worked in mining.
“Hell, I might be president now if it weren’t for the fact I said I had an uncle who was a coal miner. Turns out I didn’t have anybody in the coal mines, you know what I mean? I tried that crap — it didn’t work,” he said during an interview with Jon Stewart.
Elizabeth Warren is in a statistical with Joe Biden’s in the latest national poll of Democratic voters, suggesting the former vice president and aspiring octogenarian’s faltering performance on the campaign trail may be catching up with him.
A new Economist/YouGov poll puts Joe at 21 percent and Liz at 20 percent nationally. Bernie is the only other candidate in double digits, with 16 percent, followed by Kamala at 8 percent. Beto has 5 percent, which means he still has a chance and which is too bad, because he is very annoying.
Cory Booker, is vies with Beto for the most annoying candidate in the field, is at 2 percent and badly needs a Spartacus moment.
Several candidates were at zero percent. You know, the ones you’d expect. Which suggests the field may be thinning soon.
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