Beau Biden has some strong words for Paul Ryan: Lay off my dad, hypocrite.
On Sunday, the Delaware attorney general and son of the vice president dug his claws into his father’s opponent at last Thursday’s debate. Appearing on Sunday’s This Week, the younger Biden dismissed as “outrageous” the Republican claim that the Obama administration doesn’t take seriously the security of diplomats around the world.
It’s “especially outrageous coming from the congressman, who in his budget proposed to cut diplomat security by $200 to $300 million,” he said.
The subject of diplomat security has become a hot-button issue on the campaign trail since the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, was killed in an attack in Benghazi last month.
Beau Biden, a 41-year-old Iraq War vet, blasted Romney’s foreign policy record, pointing out that the former Massachusetts governor once disclosed a meeting with a secretive branch of British intelligence, in addition to casting doubt over London’s readiness to host the Olympics.
Team Romney “seems to be more interested in kind of pounding their chest to make the neoconservatives who advise them proud than they are about being serious about foreign policy and protecting our national interests around the world,” said Biden.
Biden also rebutted GOP criticism of his father’s laughter and repeated interjections during last week’s debate.
“I’m happy to defend my dad,” he said. ”…Any time the other side—Karl Rove or folks on the far right—are going after my father for smiling too much, you know that’s a victory.”
Biden continued, saying the issue was not “how much my father smiled or how many gallons of water that the congressman drank nervously on that stage. It’s about talking directly to the American people about very important facts, and what you saw from my father was him articulating the vision that the president and he have to continue to build this middle class, you know, out and take this country forward.”