Obama shows Biden some love after debate mention

October 24, 2012

President Barack Obama broke from his standard campaign speech on Tuesday to show his running mate Joe Biden some love, heaping praise onto the vice president less than 24 hours after he put Biden under a harsh spotlight during the final presidential debate.

When explaining his decision to kill Osama bin Laden, Obama said in the debate to his Republican opponent Mitt Romney that “even some in my own party, including my current vice president, had the same critique as you did.”

“But what the American people understand is, is that I look at what we need to get done to keep the American people safe and to move our interests forward, and I make those decisions,” he continued.

During his first run for president in 2007, Romney had said it was not “worth moving heaven and Earth and spending billions of dollars,” to kill bin Laden, the backer of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

At a rare joint campaign appearance with Biden in the battleground state of Ohio on Tuesday, Obama seemed intent to smooth any ripples of discontent, telling the crowd nobody “knows better about foreign policy than my vice president.”

“There’s nobody who you’d rather have in a foxhole with you than my vice president. There’s nobody who cares more about the middle class and fights harder for America than my vice president,” Obama continued. “I could not do what I do without him having my back every single day. ”

He then chanted “Joe” with the crowd for 12 seconds before returning to his standard stump speech.

Biden did not seem to harbor ill will toward Obama, who was his opponent from the 2008 Democratic primary elections. In his introductory remarks Biden lauded Obama’s handling of foreign policy, saying he is “a man with a steady hand and a clear vision, a man who leads not only by the example of our power but by the power of America’s example.”

He also commended Obama’s performance during the debate, saying the contest “wasn’t even close.”

Biden has previously said Obama’s decision to pursue Bin Laden shows the President has a “backbone like a ramrod.”

Perhaps, though, Biden bears no grudges because he wins on the issue where Romney and Obama tried to outdo each other the most on Monday: teachers. The two men’s competition prompted moderator Bob Schieffer to cut in with the quip, “I think we all love teachers.”

On Tuesday, Obama noted, “Joe Biden is a man who is literally in love with a teacher. He doesn’t just say, ‘I love teachers.’ He’s married to a teacher.”

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden acknowledge supporters during a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio on October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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