Biden spoke to Iowa Democrats about how he would have handled 9/11.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Saturday that, had he been the president during the attacks of 9/11, he would have reacted differently than President Bush and would have "called a meeting of the world's major powers."
"Just imagine what would have happened if on September 15, four days after September 11, I had addressed you and the world," the senator from Delaware told a crowd of about 9,000 at the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson dinner.
Biden said that the first thing he would have done was call "a meeting of the world's major powers to meet in Geneva, Switzerland on October the 1st, so we can begin to jointly plan the demise of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism."
"What nation in the world would not have shown up?" Biden asked. "What nation in the world would have said 'no, no, no, I don't want to be a part of that'?"
Biden implied that the United States would have been better off had the nation moved into the post-9/11 era by consulting more with the rest of the world .
He added that President Bush "is going to be judged very harshly by history for the opportunities he squandered."
-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch