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October 12th, 2012
07:53 PM ET

Beau Biden on Republicans questioning the administration's stance on national security

In the aftermath of Thursday's vice presidential debate, tonight Piers Morgan invites Attorney General of Delaware Beau Biden to the program to share his inside perspective, and candid commentary, on a bevy of political topics that could prove crucial with the rapid approach of the general election.

The eldest son of current Vice President Joe Biden, the 43-year-old Democrat is a Major in the Delaware Army National Guard and a veteran of the Iraq War. As this evening's interview touches upon foreign policy and national security, specifically September's U.S. Consulate attack in Libya, Biden takes issue with any suggestion that the administration didn't support it's nationals abroad:

"The reality here, Piers, is that this is a tragedy," he tells the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "The idea that the congressman you had on your show this evening [Rep. Mike Rogers] is somehow questioning whether or not the president of the United States is serious about making sure - serious about their security, is absolutely, absolutely irresponsible."

Amidst Republican claims suggesting a disconnect between Washington and the State Department, the man with more than a decade of personal military experience calls upon a handed-down Biden adage:

"The old expression in my family is 'Don't tell me what your priorities are. Show me your budget, and I'll tell you what your priorities are,'" shares Biden. "Obviously Paul Ryan didn't make it a priority to make sure – and his budget reflects this – making sure that embassies around this world - around the world - have the resources they need to defend themselves."

As inquiries into the tragedy in Benghazi continue, Biden cautions against using the death of four Americans as leverage in the race for the White House:

"This is not a time to politicize it, this is a time to investigate what happened," he insists. "You heard my father speak directly about that last night."

Tune in this evening at 9 as the father of two reveals what it felt like to watch his own father participate in what many are describing as a near draw in this election's only vice presidential debate.
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  1. Edina Kovacs

    Re: Mr. Biden,and criticisms of his smiling, interruptions, etc. That's an interesting subject. Mr. Obama was too passive, and now Mr. Biden is too aggressive. In actual fact, in a discussion, sometimes there has to be an interruption, before the speaker gets away by quoting wrong facts. That is how discussions go. As for "expressions", VP Biden smiled, sometimes incredulously, etc. No one was looking at Paul Ryan? He was smirking: that look on his face is not a smile, but a smirk. It's like his rally presence with Romney: a lot of acting, posturing, clapping of shoulders, then running to clutch hands with Mitt, and flashing his profile, or showing his eyes. The man is posing, acting, all the time: and by the way, in a way that would be more appropriate to a presidential candidate. He is narrow and limited, and neither he, nor Mr. Romeny have worked anything out. It is ridiculously ironic that they refer to working out the details of their medicare and tax plans "with congress"; so now they have trust in congress, the congress that only played at obstructionism?

    October 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tim Bauman

      "incredulously" is the operative word in this argument. When your opposition is clearly determined to not answer direct questions and throws lie and after lie into the course of the debates, what should their opponents do, be polite and act meek. Perhaps, President Obama and VP Biden just have too much class to call these two congenital liars on the crap they are trying to sell to the American public in a more confrontational way. I think VP Biden was being extraordinarily polite when he encouraged Doogie Howser to be more "candid" which in my book was code for seeking the truth.

      October 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Sandra Shahwan true. Joe was smockin hot! Loved it.

        October 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • PAUL

        Opie...will be Opie...that whole response to Biden on the 47% was scripted....and the Republicans in the Hall were the only ones the were!!

        October 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Griff.

    "There must be a Bias, here? Biden looked like an Old Drunk, last night. Biden won nothing Last night, except 'Queen Of Clowns"

    October 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sandra Shahwan

      This is still our VP buddy, so watch your damn language.

      October 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Linda Carol Wickham-Young

      Target insults are so unbecoming of Republicans who think their style is superior. I love it best when republican's only relate with a beer mentality of slurps. Biden showed his Irish culture of Irish wit and Irish Catholic passion for the Middle Class, Seniors, Veterans, 47% of victims and 30% takers. Terror groups have been crippled under the Obama administration, let us not forget the intelligence reports that lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and how it caused a disgrace to Colin Powel. European allies lost trust in us as a nation of truth. The GOP is a joke.

      October 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ron

      Griff..... I am in a position of leadership and have a daily opportunity to listen to the views, from both sides of the political aisle. Your last statement, regarding the Vice-Presidential debate, sums up the way those people feel and they almost never agree on any given issue.

      October 14, 2012 at 5:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. tim

    Piers, are you going to ask the GOP reps about why they agreed to AND voted to cut the budget for the U.S. State dept. security budget $339 MILLION for fiscal 2012?

    October 12, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Griff.

    Cheshire Cats belong in Cheshire, and not in control of a Super Power!!

    October 12, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Griff.

    Was this guy ever serving his country overseas???"

    October 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Griff.

    "Joe Biden speaks for Joe Biden, and then laughs when you try explain your own feelings. I guess you had to tell him?? No doubt you bend just as far as you need?? "

    October 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Sandra Shahwan

    The last few weeks, Piers, you have become so bias against President Obama that I have stopped watching your show. And, btw, I have been one of your staunchest defenders.......but no more. What the hell has happened to your fair and balanced approach? I hope you can woo me back with fairer journalism as you did at the beginning of your stint when you took over for Larry.

    October 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Liz

    Most definitely, the steamed up Piers Morgan is very biased. So, Morgan is certain that VP Biden won the debate? Morgan is wet behind the ears.

    October 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sandra Shahwan

      No, Liz, on this he was right......Biden on, hands down and well he should have! Let's hope Obama does the same next time!

      October 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Sandra Shahwan

        Damn auto correct........should have written "won".

        October 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Griff.

    "Joe Biden Lost!!!! You should listen to Fox News!!!

    October 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sandra Shahwan

      Griff, that is your are listening to a fake news station. They thought Joe was out of control, ha! What about O'Reilly, Hannity, Baer and the rest of those bafoons at about impolite.

      October 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wake up

      Morons watch Fox New .... What are doing on a CNN blog?
      Biden was articulate unlike Ryan who sounded more like a used car sales man. He who will sell you a car with out brakes because you were not looking.

      October 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark Olson

      Seriously Griff. You should get out more. Would you expect anything less from Fox? Do you really believe all the ridiculous things they say on their opinionated broadcasts. Sean Hannity is an idiot. I give Bill O'Reilly a little more credit. But If you want news – whatever you do don't watch Fox News. By the way both candidates held their ground. But Ryan has a tendency to – let's say – stretch the truth. Glad Biden stepped in to call him on his BS.

      October 13, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. vicky

    Biden won, especially in women issues.
    We need more decent caring people such as Chris Van Hollen leading our Country.

    October 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. jrt1098

    Why can't they just turn off the mikes .. Biden's behavior was boorish and may in fact have just cost Pres. Obama the election. What Joe Biden put front and center was how convinced the Liberal Left is in that they will be unchallenged by ANYONE in the main stream media. They are covering up in Libya and we get clowns like Piers Morgan who literally advocate for the Democrats openly ... and then pretend to be "journalistic" .... very plastic ... quite embarrassing !

    October 12, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark Olson

      What are you talking about? Biden did exactly what he needed to do. He stopped the bleeding. Spoke from the heart. And didn't let his misguided opponent get away with Lying his way through the debate. On Libya, yes a tragedy, but set politics aside and take actions to prevent it from happening again. Maybe congress could start the progress by restoring the funding they stripped from the State Dept. security budget. Let"s not get into cover up policies – it brings up too many nightmares created by the previous Republican Administration.

      October 13, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jeff Ohio

    Griff you are right on,Piers must of been watching the mach debate he sure wasn't watching what the rest of America was!!!!

    October 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jeff Ohio

    Oh I forgot one more thing, Piers go back to England!! Please.

    October 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wake up

      What are you doing watching CNN with the adults ? You need to be watching Fox and News Max with a pack of morons and lets not forget Griff.

      October 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. roberto

    Biden had to be aggressive..because of romney's & ryan's lies..Joe is Joe..69 yrsllhe will not change now..I would feel more confident @ him running our country IF Lord Forbid, somethin should happen to our Pres....Romney owns many "sweat shops" in China..difficult conditions for young women..he just wants to mke tons of money,,sad,,& WHY haven't his 5 sons ever volunteered in the military..nor him nor his Dad...

    October 12, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. nancy

    When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man. The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.
    And so we saw the true Biden-Piers I can never watch you again.

    October 13, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Susan


    When Biden talked about Republicans slashing the budget in House he was partially correct. In the United States, the expenditure bills originate in the House, but most go the SENATE to be passed. The DEMOCRATIC senate only gave them back 88 million of the bill. Why didn't they put all of the monies back? Maureen Dowd has an excellent article over the lack of getting a budget, and the bi-partisan committee, which had a few more Democrats than Reupblicans, had to come up with a spending bill since the House and Senate could not co-operate. An AP (Advanced Placement) Government book at any local book store can show you how the expense bills have to come from the House, go the Senate, and then the PRESIDENT for approval. Obama knew the cuts. And if you are watching Saddam Hussein be captured, with photos of Sec of State Clinton there, I think they knew more than what was going on. My family has had people in the military since The French Indian War. We have had someone from the French Indian War, The Revolutionary War all the way up to Vietnam. My father was in the Unexploded bomb squad, and had to sweep around Washington for bombs and firearms if there was a parade or a visitor like the Pope in town. I think there is a lot this administration is not telling us. And I voted for Regan and Clinton, so I am the Independent/Swing voter people look for. I vote for who I think the best person for the job is.

    October 13, 2012 at 3:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. worldcares

    I remember when Joe Biden was running for Presidental candidate in 1988, I was behind him 100%.
    He WAS the man.
    We have to go foward.
    I believe in Obama and Biden for the next four years.

    October 13, 2012 at 5:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. SHW

    Ryan is just not ready for being our president. When I see the two together side by side I do not trust this guy being a
    beat away to be president. Biden laughed at Ryan's untruthful comments and Ryan lifted the glass and drank nervously.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Fascinating how the GOP say Obama is meddling with the security of this country...terror groups have been crippled under his watch. The GOP is a party that has placed all things business above everything else that's important in this country. They cry about reducing the budget but can't explain who would pay for the rich people tax cuts...The middle class is hurting right now because they got greedy in the first place..taking tax payer money to reward their friends at the end of GW presidency...and now they want the middle class to pay for the wealthy people's taxes. How is that possible? The GOP is becoming a joke and I am sick of it.

    October 13, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. toddcourt1

    Energy in the US is an industry. Industry is business. It’s big business. Governor Romney has a proven track record of fiscal responsibility and success in big business. President Obama has a track record of loose business policies and fiscal irresponsibility, especially when it comes to energy. He favors his contributors in the green energy sector to the tune of 90 billion dollars to failed companies like Solyndra. Over 100 investigations are still pending against Obama’s loose policies and practices in the Inspector General’s office. I used to be a Democratic Senatorial District Delegate and this trickle up poverty isn’t what I signed on for, either. Obama is no Clinton. What Bill Clinton had Barack Obama couldn’t even borrow to get. Clinton had true bi-partisanship. We don’t need another 4 years of this. We don’t need a do-over president; we need a do-er. Obama couldn’t make a profit in a lemonade stand. I want a real businessman to turn our suffering economy into a surplus economy. I want someone who has proven success, and can demonstrate it in his own life. I want the same opportunities for my kids that my folks had for me, I want my kid to be able to find work when he graduates in four years. That’s not going to happen under Obama. Just look at his record. Are college graduates able to find work? No. Obama’s gotta go.
    Elect Mitt Romney!

    October 14, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Griff.

    "Well, Pierse! Not only are the Muslims in control of the Whitehouse in the USA, it also appears as thought they're in control of Google Canada. I just just lost my privacy on Youtube??? My User name as jut been stolen??
    Where is the privacy going on the internet, Pierse??"

    October 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kathy

      Griff, please check your self into a mental clinic and stop watching Fox TV.
      It's a global world. Wake up.

      October 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Griff.

    "Well Pierse, I hear now that Obama is going after Romney about what happened in Bain?? I can't see why, as he didn't kill anyone, or put their lives ind danger. Barack Obama did in Libya, and killed all four employed there through his complacency!"

    October 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike

      Griff, a number of responders have recognized your need for broader input/ Faux News is not news. It is propaganda from the right wing fringe. Even CNN leaves a lot to be desired. Where I fault President Obama is for not standing up to the manipulations and obstructions of the rich and powerful who are destroying the middle class. Think about it. Fifty years ago, unions were strong. Corporations allowed it because America's middle class was the largest market, by far. With today's global market, they don't need us. Look at all the attempts to destroy unions. Admittedly, unions have not always been wise. They have been corrupt at times. They have tried to get all they could, sometimes at the expense of the rest of us. BUT, they were dealing with corporations who used rules of the jungle. (Try reading "Jungle" by Sinclair Lewis). Do you really think that we have been better off under Shrub, Rove, Cheney, and would be better off with the Mitt and Pauly show? Wake up, for the sake of your children, if not for yourself.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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