October 11th, 2012
07:26 PM ET
10 years ago

Beau Biden: His dad lands punches

Washington (CNN) – The eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden told CNN one reason Republicans are so eager to go after his father is because he is such an effective advocate.

"They reason they would go after him is because he lands punches. He's the single best communicator of the middle class out there. And he is because that's what this campaign is about. How do we, how we do we make sure the middle class continues to have all that it should and move this country forward. The president and my dad want to build this country from the middle class out. Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney want to do it like George W. Bush did. This trickle down, top down mentality," he told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

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Biden sat down with CNN Thursday morning – just hours before he and his family joined the vice president on Air Force Two for the flight to Kentucky for the debate.

Because his home is under renovation, Beau Biden and his family have been staying at his father's Delaware home so he has seen him do some of his studying up close.

After he campaigned in Wisconsin on Wednesday for his father's campaign, he returned to have dinner with his parents.

"We had a nice dinner last night, together as a family," he told Borger. "We had a nice lasagna dinner, and you know, my dad is working hard. But, he's also a dad and a grandfather."

In fact the vice president and his wife, Jill, have babysat Beau Biden's children several recent weekends. And Joe Biden also found time to do some household chores.

"He got up in the morning. We all went to mass. We got the kids off to Sunday school and in between all that I saw him coming out of the laundry room with a pile of laundry. And I'm confident he got that laundry taken care of and then went and cracked his briefing books. He's working really hard," he said.

Beau Biden, who attended some of his father's prep sessions, describes his preparation as "methodical" reading various research books and even looking at a book titled "Young Guns," which Paul Ryan co-authored.

He would not specifically say whether the vice president would go on the offensive, using such attacks as Mitt Romney's comments about the 47% of the country that doesn't pay income taxes but left little doubt.

"You're gonna see Joe Biden. You're gonna see the Joe Biden you've seen on the campaign trail," the younger Biden said. The vice president has been very critical of Romney's comments in campaign stops since the remarks to a closed fund-raiser were leaked to the press weeks ago.

Asked about whether there is a fine line between drawing sharp contrasts and misfiring he said:
"The debate with (Sarah) Palin was instructive on that. There's a lot of talk about the process going into that debate. How do you debate Governor Palin. The dynamic between a man and woman debating," he said.

He then previewed what his father's mission in debates: "He is himself and as respectful to his opponent as he has been in every election for the past 40 years. Be prepared to understand exactly what your opponent is about, who they are. Most importantly, talk directly to the American people who are sitting in their family room."

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. MTATL67

    Thats one of the reasons VP Biden is one of if not the most beloved of the Vice-Presidents

    October 11, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Gimmeabreak!

    Hey, Beau - your dad is just an" old white guy" that the liberal hacks usually BURY. So how come your dad "Joe the Schmo" is suddenly different? Who knows? Who understands? What a crock! Glad you love your dad - Iove mine, too. But if "Joe the Schmo" was so special, why hasn't 't he been elected president on his own yet? (Because he's nice but an idiot who shoots his mouth off before he thinks - yeah, we REALLY need that in this world!!)

    October 11, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. T'sah From Virginia

    I saw Biden two weeks ago here in VA and he is one of the most "down to earth" persons you would ever want to meet. My managed to work herself to the front of the line and got a picture with him. He actually instructed her to give her cell phone to one of the secret service to let him take the picture; my daughter was trying to take the picture herself. He is warm – REAL – and he will wipe the grin off of Paul Lyan's face with FACTS!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    October 11, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. Borderless

    Racist Joe is one of the most despised vice presidents. Not just because he is a gaffe prone closet racist, but because he's also just a horrible human being. People like him on both sides of the aisle need to be weeded out of politics.

    October 11, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. beevee

    Is Beaue (or whatever his name is) stupid or delusional. Does this Romney family ever know anything about middle class or the poor and the troubles they go through just to have a comfrotable life? I don't think so. Of course he will support his father. Has any one looked at the dress or the belt Ann romney was wearing when she showed off how bad a cook she is. The belt itself would cost a week or two wages the middle class or the poor earn. These rich guys have no idea but they know how to pander just to dupe the poor folks of this country. people wake up and do not listen the lies of these guys.

    October 11, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. drguajar

    The vice-president is head and shoulders above not only Ryan, but also Mitt Romney. Oh and by the way, Beau Biden has actually served in the military. That is so different from Romney-all those sons and NOT ONE has served in the military! What's up with that? Romney also rallied in support of the Vietnam war, but went off to Paris to "serve" his country that way. What a guy!

    October 11, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    So much HATE from the right.

    You guys elect an old geezer for prez in 1980, he ran up the debt, lied to Congress, made illegal arms deals and traded illegally with Iran, and probably gave Saddam the chemical weapons that Saddam used on his own people.

    Now many of you want his image on Mt. Rushmore.

    Joe Biden is a Genius and a Saint compared to !

    And a true Statesman compared to any sitting member of Congress!

    October 11, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. rosie

    Thanks for defening your dad love that in you

    October 11, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  9. Borderless

    Not a good start when the moderator comes out visibly nervous. She's dealing with two very strong personalities, she better toughen up fast.

    October 11, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. Sleepless in Cali

    @drguajar who said, " Oh and by the way, Beau Biden has actually served in the military."

    REALLY? He served six months as an ATTORNEY in an office over there - NEVER at the front of conflict! Geeze, that REALLY is "serving in the military," isn't it?

    October 11, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |