We expected President Obama to call out Mitt Romney during Monday's debate for second-guessing him on various decisions.
We didn't expect him to talk about Vice President Biden as well.
the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 -- which involved sending
troops into another country, Pakistan -- Obama told Romney, "Those
decisions generally are not poll-tested. And even some in my own party,
including my current vice president, had the same critique as you did."
has talked about his opposition to the raid, citing uncertainty as to
whether bin Laden was really at the Pakistani compound that was
This year, Biden told a group of Democrats
that in a pre-raid staff meeting, "every single person in that room
hedged their bet except (then-CIA Director) Leon Panetta. Leon said go.
Everyone else said, 49, 51 (percent chance of success)."
said of Obama, "He got to me. He said, 'Joe, what do you think?' And I
said, 'You know, I didn't know we had so many economists around the
table.' I said, 'We owe the man a direct answer. Mr. President, my
suggestion is, don't go. We have to do two more things to see if he (bin
Laden) is there.'"
Biden praised Obama for making the call to authorize the raid.
"He knew what was at stake," Biden said this year, "not just the lives of those brave warriors, but literally the presidency."