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The Hill: Beau Biden: ‘Stunning’ Republicans didn’t mention Afghanistan in Tampa
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden on Friday blasted Republicans for leaving mention of Afghanistan out of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s speech during the convention in Tampa, Fla., last week, calling the omission “stunning.”
“You seated me next to a family who has a son in San Diego in the U.S. Navy and cousin of theirs going off to Afghanistan on Tuesday … and that they didn’t mention any of this in Tampa is truly remarkable to me, and that’s why I’m confident the president would have spent a lot of time on this regardless of what they did in Tampa, but that’s — I mean it just, it was stunning, it was just stunning,” said Biden on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Biden, who served in Iraq with Delaware’s Army National Guard, knocked GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan’s (Wis.) budget proposal for reducing funding to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
”I believe his math on this, I don’t believe his math on his marathon times, but I believe his math on the budget. It’s an $11 billion cut in year one, Joe, to veterans benefits … he wants to cut the VA by $11 billion, 85 percent of which goes to the 2.3 million people that have served in uniform over the last ten years,” he said.
The attorney general officially nominated his father, Vice President Joe Biden, on the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., bringing President Obama’s running mate to tears.