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.”