Biden received warmly at disabled veterans' convention
August 4th, 2012
03:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Biden received warmly at disabled veterans' convention

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden was met with a warm reception Saturday at the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Las Vegas, where he cast himself as a top defender of veterans’ needs.

"Let me be crystal, absolutely crystal clear: we're going to keep our commitment to American veterans, no matter what happens," he said.

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He and President Obama are supportive of U.S. troops and veterans, Biden said, charging that Republicans have other political priorities.

"As commander in chief, the president is absolutely committed to making sure that our troops have what they need for the battles of the future and that our military remains the finest and most agile fighting force in the history of the world," he said. "Meanwhile, a lot of my friends up in the Congress - the other side of the aisle - are using scare tactics now to pass the buck when it comes to defense spending."

Biden offered an explanation of last summer's budget battles, the so-called super committee and provision for sequestration, a set of deep and automatic spending cuts which would kick in this coming year should Congress not find a solution in the meantime. Admitting that the process was confusing, he claimed credit for finding exemptions to those automatic cuts, including an exemption for the care of veterans.

"I was able to say look, we should exempt a couple things, just in case you guys don't get it right," he said. "And one of the things we exempt is y'all."

Among the achievements under the Obama administration he touted were advancements in the military and Veterans' Administration health care systems.

"America has a lot of obligations. But I say this without fear of contradiction or any reservation," Biden said. "We have obligations to our children, and the elderly. We have obligations to the poor. We have obligations that extend beyond ourselves. But we only have one truly sacred obligation as a country, and that's to equip those who we send into battle and to care for them and their families when they come home to the extent that they need care."

"If we only have $10 in the budget and it costs $6 to do that, that's the first $6 that should be spent," he said, adding that his "boss" - Obama - agrees.

But one of the most significant applause lines he landed was the succinct way he summed up the Obama administration's tenure.

"f you're looking for a bumper sticker, I've got one for you," he said. "Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive."

Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Nevada • Veterans
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. hangar13

    Of course this administration is pro-military. That's why they're suing the State of Ohio for trying to make it easier for military personnel to vote. Apparently producing some kind of identification is too much of a burden for voters, but being shot at while protecting our freedoms is no excuse for wanting a little extra time to fill out a ballot.

    August 4, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Willard

    Joe, get out those bumper stickers, I will need a bunch of them (my family, neighbors and co-workers)!

    August 4, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Military cutbacks, sueing to restric military voting rights, supporting drug cartels in Mexico, this man is a true hero of the US Veterans....more smoke and mirrors from this failed administration.

    August 4, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Logic N LA

    Gotta love Joe! – He is truly one of the good guys. always has been.

    August 4, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. george of the jungle

    go get Joe. Anyone who thinks Joe is bad has no clue. Look what the repos wanted to give us palin. Forward 2012

    August 4, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. And Romney said

    Romney stated Osama wasn't worth pursuing and let GM go bankrupt! But now Retroactively he wants people to believe he held the opposite positions. These are records we can check on what he said unlike his Taxes!

    August 4, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. g

    bush and cheney treated them like used furniture

    August 4, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. commonsense

    Now this is a VP who has a heart and not that other guy rrr Chaney..

    August 4, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Paulcat

    Biden, I bet these guys are ready to go back to war. It was the GOP that send them there in the first place and now they do not have a pot is pess in. Do they even know the GOP is getting richer of them. They do not know the differene and Obama is the blame. They're brain wash also!

    August 4, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Did the buffoon ask a wheelchair-bound organizer to stand up and take a bow again?

    August 4, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. msmishName

    That last line says it all!!!

    August 4, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Stuffit

    Sure he was received well, it is an election year, he will tell them whatever they want to hear. Remember this idiot was the one who declared the summer of 2010 as "the summer of properity." That was the election year the TEA Party took over the election. Hopefully Biden will do as well as he did then this year and we can get the Senate and the Presidency and restore decency, honor and sensibility to this out of control regime Obama has created.

    August 4, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. forum

    haha, nice propaganda peice

    August 4, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. yolanda

    Lame, nothing more, or less. Just lame.........the man (Biden) is a very one -dimensional attack dog. Sit, Boy.

    August 4, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. Mike

    So was this BEFORE or AFTER you decided to cut 12 billion in long term commitments to the VA??? I heard this "warm" reception. Warm? DEAD QUIET was more like it. The vets are DONE with this admin.

    August 4, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We've heard the bumper sticker before, and I like it. I wonder what Romney has said on the subject of what his administration would do for disabled vets? Does anyone know?

    August 4, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  17. Keeping it Real

    "Let me be crystal, absolutely crystal clear: we're going to keep our commitment to American veterans, no matter what happens,"

    But Obama will be damned if any allowances are made to ensure our servicemen get a chance to vote!

    August 4, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  18. chuck weidemann

    Obama is Commander in Chief and our military is proud !!!!

    August 4, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  19. mk1

    As a vet myself with a son on active duty, any vet or current military who votes for the Republicans is voting against their best interests. They should never forget, especially those vets at this convention from Iraq and Afghanistan, that it was the Republicans who sent them to war without the proper equipment and grossly underestimated the wars themselves. Beware of Romney, who avoided service along with his sons, and his hawkish talk. I bet he is itching to attack Iran just to show he is a man to the right.

    August 5, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  20. judie2

    The picture of Joe Biden at the top of this story doesn't even look like him – did he have plastic surgery?

    And in terms of Veteran's Benefits – Joe, you didn't build them!

    August 5, 2012 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  21. Zechariah14 third mishkan

    Mr vice-president Biden you are intouch with American vets they appreciate your
    very Frank and open from the heart keep your head up Mr vice-president Biden

    August 5, 2012 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  22. Jerry

    Biden, blah, blah, blah (lie, lie, lie)...where he cast himself as a top defender of veterans’ needs.

    I am guessing, just like Mr. Obama!!!

    Just one little question... Since WHEN?!

    August 5, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  23. Kaye

    What people don't realize is if you don't have a Congress on board, it is hard for the president to get anything done. That is what the other side is doing. They don't care whether you have a job, surely not health care, etc. But ask Congress to give up their salary and their health care and see what type of response you get. President Obama has closed a lot of loopholes and Wall Street does not like it. It takes time for things to change when it has been done wrong for so long. People want instant gratification to change and it doesn't work that way. We need to just hang in there and work hard. Don't go back to the old things that caused this mess in the first place. Greed will ruin and destroy you.

    August 5, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |