Biden Defends False War Story: ’I Wasn't Trying to Mislead Anybody'
Former Vice President digs deeper hole for himself
2020 frontrunner Joe Biden has claimed he wasn't trying to mislead voters by telling them a war story which turned out to be false.
Reporters asked the former vice president in Iowa whether details matter after he conflated his contacts with several different military service members.
“They matter in terms of whether or not you're trying to mislead people," Biden began.
"And I wasn't trying to mislead anybody,” Biden added.
“The valor and honor of these warriors are as significant as any warriors we've ever had in the history of the United States of America. That was my point,” he added.
Biden's trouble began when the 36-year Delaware senator, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair, said that during a 2008 trip to Afghanistan's Kunar province, an older Navy captain had begged him not to present him with the Silver Star.
He said the captain had propelled himself down a cliff to recover the body of a fellow dead service member.
But his tale seemed to be based off a 2011 awards ceremony in Afghanistan's Wardak province, where he pinned the Bronze Star on younger Army Staff Sgt. Chad Workman, after r Workman tried to save a friend from a burning vehicle.
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According to The Washington Examiner: Since then Biden's campaign has tried to shame the press into bypassing the story.
On Friday, the former vice president's campaign peddled a news report by CBS on voters dismissing the mistakes he makes on the trail.
"ICYMI — CBS News: 'So what?': South Carolina Democrats not bothered by Joe Biden's gaffes," read the subject line of a Biden campaign email sent to reporters Friday with the article attached.
On Monday, as Biden approached assembled reporters, he joked to onlookers that they should join the group.
“If anyone wants to watch me make some mistakes, come on over,” he said.