Beau Biden Reaches Out to Veterans
For the past few months, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden has been campaigning on behalf of his father and President Obama as a leader of Veterans and Military Families for Obama. Biden’s outreach to veterans is garnering increasing national attention following appearances in Virginia, Iowa, and Nevada, with more visits to swing states planned over the months ahead. This week, a featured article in Politico discussed Biden’s role in the President’s reelection campaign, his record as Attorney General, and his plans for the future.
The article emphasized how Biden’s military service, Iraq war experience, and tough-on-crime reputation make him a natural advocate for the administration. VMFO director Rob Diamond said, “He’s somebody who has served in uniform, continues to serve, understands firsthand the challenges that military servicemembers and veterans face, and is one of the highest-ranking officials to wear the uniform...He’s just a natural and impressive leader for us.”
When speaking to veterans groups, Biden has stressed the contrast between the Obama administration, which has worked to increase funding for the Veterans Administration, and the Romney campaign:
"Just look at the Romney-Ryan budget. Doesn’t honor veterans”, [Biden] said. “If you just accept Paul Ryan’s math, which I do...that’s an $11 billion cut to the Veterans Administration. That doesn’t honor our commitment to veterans."
Beau Biden has also criticized Romney’s proposal to switch to a voucher system for veteran’s benefits, saying that it is absolutely “the role of government, not vouchers, to take care of veterans from the moment they get off that plane to the moment they take their last breath.”
Biden said that he plans to run for reelection as Attorney General in 2014, but has not yet made any plans beyond that. He says that right now he, like his father, is entirely focused on the coming presidential elections: “In my house we don’t talk about anything but 2012, per my dad’s instructions...My dad’s focused on one thing: November.”
Read the full article at Politico.