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Biden: Unlike Richardson, “I Don’t Just Pull It Out”

My IowaVotes’ colleague, Jarrett Schneider, sat in on this Friday a.m. in Des Moines. (btw, thanks to him for blogging here while I was surrounding myself with pineapples on my Hawaii honeymoon).

October 19, 2007 — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden called out fellow Democratic presidential contender Gov. Bill Richardson several times by name during a coffeehouse visit with Democrats in Des Moines Friday morning.

Responding to an audience member’s question about soldiers of the Iowa National Guard’s 1st, 133rd being denied education benefits under the G.I. Bill, Sen. Biden — in a single statement — leveled criticism towards both the Bush administration and Gov. Richardson.

“It’s a look into the window of how this administration has mistreated our soldiers – mistreated our veterans,” Biden said. “I don’t say that lightly. I’m no Bill Richardson. I don’t just pull it out – I always kid Bill about that.”

Later in the same question-and-answer session, a woman asked the Delaware Senator why he doesn’t differentiate himself more from the other Democratic candidates. Biden started his response by saying he was not comfortable doing so, but then said he didn’t have a problem pointing out differences with Richardson, who, “we’ve seen flip on a number of issues”. Biden went on to say Richardson originally was in favor of Biden’s Iraq plan, but then changed his position.

But Biden ended his response where it started, “I’m just not comfortable with it.”

By Jarrett Schneider

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