Joe Biden responds to criticism over war story campaign gaffe
WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Joe Biden responded to critics alleging he conflated details of a war story on the campaign trail in an interview with the NPR Politics Podcast and Iowa Public Radio released Monday.
In the former vice president’s view, errors related to details in the story are not relevant to his presidential capabilities.
“The details are irrelevant in terms of decision-making,” he said.
“It’s like saying I had this very bright reporter and I think her eyes were blue,” Biden continued. “What difference would it make about whether you were a bright reporter. Your eyes are brown. It’s irrelevant and you know it.”
The former vice president wants voters to look at broader policy issues rather than details of storytelling.
“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 said.
The Washington Post first reported on Biden’s conflation of the details in the war story amid questions about Biden’s age and his gaffe-prone habits. The story involves a tale of battlefield valor in Afghanistan and Biden’s supposed granting of a Silver Star to a Navy captain in recognition for his battlefield actions.
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According to the Washington Post, “it appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion and regret that never happened.”
Biden had previously denied conflating any details of the story.
In an interview with the Post and Courier published last week, he said, “the central point is it was absolutely accurate what I said.”
Contributing: Savannah Behrmann