February 7th, 2009
09:52 AM ET
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Biden promises 'new tone' in U.S. foreign affairs

'America will do more,' Vice President Joe Biden told the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday.
'America will do more,' Vice President Joe Biden told the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday.

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden emphasized a "new tone" in Washington and around the world as he delivered his first major speech Saturday in Munich, Germany.

Biden told delegates at a security conference that the United States will work "preventively, not pre-emptively" whenever possible to avoid conflict, and will at the same time "vigorously defend" the nation's security.

He also said the United States will do everything possible to end the threat posed by extremists.

"We reject as false the choice between our safety and ideals," Biden told the Munich Security Conference audience, which included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. "America will vigorously defend our security and our values, and in doing so we will all be more secure."

That policy will be in force at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, the U.S. prison that the Obama administration intends to close, Biden said.

"America will not torture. We will uphold the rights of those we bring to justice," Biden said.

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  1. Santa Maria

    I am sure that those who died in the Muslim attack on 9/11 will be glad to know that you are fighting for the rights of terrorists!

    February 7, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Tortured

    Joe looks scary. I give in.

    February 7, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse NY

    The era of being nice to terrorists has begun. Hey, the only terrorist 'right' I'm concerned about is the right to a firing squad.

    February 7, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. This is CHANGE

    A new tone from Crazy Joe is to be silent! Let Hillary do her job and let Crazy Joe do his...be BO's #2. HE IS AN UNDERSTUDY! Let him go hunting or be kept in 'a secret bunker in an undisclosed location'...ANYTHING to keep his tyranical mouth away from microphones and the media!

    February 7, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Deborah

    I tried to picture Sarah Palin giving a speech to this crowd. As depressed as I am about the sorry state of this country, I did get a good laugh at the thought....she probably would have given a shout out and a wink to Sarkozy

    February 7, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. chuck


    February 7, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. daniel cabrera


    If Vice-pres Biden, along with Pres Obama think this way or that way or they want to take this country into X,or Y,orZ vector, well ,...is their minds right?

    But ,( A BIG,BIG BUT),... should we let them to ruin our beloved land?

    What to do, then? I will leave the answer to you.

    sleep well,
    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville, Indiana

    February 7, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. aware

    More obfuscating sales rhetoric! Joe must be reading Obama's script! :(

    February 7, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Rachel in Nebraska

    Joe Biden has years of experience in foreign policy. Why are so many Americans so uneducated and ignorant, yet they do not hesitate to express their opinions! Joe Biden is very well liked and well respected here in America and around the world. Khren, do you even know everything he has done? Your comment shows how unaware you are-you are the scary and crazy one!

    February 7, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. miker

    only republician pay their taxes, Dems are cheats

    February 7, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. flyer

    I wonder how long it will be before he sticks his foot in his mouth big time. It will certanly be when talking to the wrong person.

    February 7, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Andy

    What no ad libs? Good luck with Guatanamo, just saying you're going to close it doesn't solve anything, its still a problem with no reasonable solution. I'm sure the world is quivering with fear of the Obama admin. Word of warning Iran will have to be dealt with in the next 4 years you can't deny that nor can you smooth talk your way through that. They don't respect democracy.

    February 7, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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