Mitchell Reports | September 06, 2012
>> vice president joe biden is going to have a starring role introducing the president, placing biden 's name in the nomination will be his son, beau. the attorney general of delaware and beau biden joins me now. welcome.
>> great to be with you, andrea.
>> great to be with you. tell me about the excitement for the biden family, joe biden 's big speech tonight, the move. his anticipation.
>> i'm excited to see my mom introduce my dad. i'm going to nominate him. shortly thereafter my mom will introduce my father. we're all ready for a big night , most importantly to make sure what the president articulates the message, why this president deserves re-election, why he's been an exceptional commander in chief.
>> why was it left to bill clinton to explain the obama record better than the president or his surrogates have?
>> well, look, the president is an incredible spokesperson for this administration and can articulate the message as a former president in the way you saw last night. look, everyone in this administration has done a great job articulating the message of this. you saw the president last night in 45 minutes explain the stark contrast we face as a nation as well as anybody has in the last 3 1/2 years. that's what you're going to see from all of us over the next 60 days.
>> was there any frustration in the biden household about joe biden coming on tonight instead of last night?
>> oh, not at all. look, no. this has been great. this has been a phenomenal convention. hillary on the first night, bill clinton on the second night, my dad and barack on the third night.
>> you mean michelle --
>> michelle . michelle . my gosh. the first ladies i'm mixing up. michelle did an incredible job. the president last night. and my dad and most importantly the president are going to really knock it out of the park tonight.
>> how does your father feel when he gets criticism? you know, there's a pew poll which showed that there's a lot of positives about him. but there's also some negatives. the words that come to mind. you know, they talk about, well, whatever.
>> yeah. well, look, you covered him since philadelphia days. for a while. my dad's traveled to 37 countries. over 500,000 miles on air force two. he's respected interfacialinternationall y by every international leader and has the respect of his nation. you know, the attacks he gets are from the far right. they wouldn't be attacking him if he wasn't landing punches. we're used to the punches he's getting back. he's landing punches. he's the most effective spokesperson for the middle class in this administration. that's why he's getting so attacked. you'll see him talk about it tonight. and speak directly to the middle class about why we need to re-elect barack obama .
>> now, you, yourself, had a zinger against paul ryan . paul ryan bragged and exaggerated his record as a marathoner. this is what you had to say about that.
>> romney/ryan budget means what it says. i believe his math as it relates to his budget. i'm not sure if i believe his math as it relates to his marathon times. he said it was under three. now up to around four. close getting near to where my mom who ran a marathon, about 4 1/2 hours. so i guess he can compete with my mom. maybe not. i think my mom could take him. well, you know, paul ryan , you know, what offends me about what paul ryan 's done is his budget. he cuts $11 billion to the veterans administration in year one. $11 billion as we come home from two long wars. one of them being our longest war in afghanistan.
>> you served in iraq.
>> i served in iraq. we have 50,000 people return with ptsd, amputees, traumatic brain injuries. we have soldiers returning home, fallen angels . making sure that .75% of the population get a tax break -- the $1 trillion tax break , doubled down in the bush tax cut . versus giving the veterans what they deserve, the .75% of our population, that have served this nation. so at a time when we're returning from war, it's the .75% that's put on the uniform over the last ten years that we should be focused on, not making sure we continue to bust our budgets and get people who don't need it a tax cut .
>> now, tonight also kicks off the unofficial primary race for 2016 . we've seen a lot of potential candidates and wannabes going to the iowa, new hampshire breakfasts here and there's a lot of talk about hillary clinton . obviously with bill clinton yesterday. what about joe biden in 2016 ?
>> joe biden november 6th . my mom, my entire family, making sure we re-elect the president. look, we have a team we're running against. mitt romney , he said his foreign policy expense -- give me a break. you've been following international relations for a long time. you have mitt romney who in 24 hours visiting our closest ally offends not only the prime minister but all brits. so, i mean, we have important issues about foreign policy , both domestically to discuss in 60 days. you're going to see the vice president and president do that.
>> beau biden , good luck to your dad today.