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Obama notes that Biden opposed bin Laden raid

1:35 PM, Oct 23, 2012   |    comments
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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.

Discussing 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."

Ouch.

Biden has talked about his opposition to the raid, citing uncertainty as to whether bin Laden was really at the Pakistani compound that was targeted.

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)."

Biden 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."

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