Biden says Obama is a friend of Israel
DEERFIELD BEACH, Florida – Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden stood up for running mate Barack Obama on Tuesday, insisting that he is a friend of Israel.
Speaking at a largely Jewish senior citizen community center, Biden, known as a strong supporter of the Jewish state during his 35 years in the Senate, said Obama shares his longtime support of Israel as an important ally in the often volatile Middle East.
Biden said he would not have agreed to give up his job as chairman of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to become Obama’s vice presidential nominee “if I didn’t in my gut and in my heart and in my head know that Barack Obama is exactly where I am on Israel.”
Biden said he offered his defense of Obama because there is “some scurrilous stuff going on on Internet, particularly in Florida,” which is considered a swing state in the Nov. 4 election.
Some blogs and emails have disseminated talk that Obama is secretly a Muslim — he is in fact Christian — as well as anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian.
“I promise you the stuff you are getting on the Internet is simply not true,” said Biden, a Delaware Democrat.
Biden added Israel has become less secure during the eight years of outgoing Republican President George W. Bush’s reign.
“I promise you, we will make it more secure,” Biden said, drawing applause from a crowd of several hundred people.