Vice President Biden’s oldest son is in Iowa for a two-day visit. Beau Biden is a major in the Delaware National Guard and his first stop in Iowa was the Veterans Home in Marshalltown, but the younger Biden dismisses the idea he is a chief veterans outreach officer for the Obama/Biden campaign.
“I’m just one veteran among this grassroots organization here in Iowa and Virginia and North Carolina,” Beau Biden told Radio Iowa, “helping out on spreading the word why the president deserves to be reelected.”
Biden made the case that President Obama has shown he knows “when, where, why and how to deploy soldiers around the world” and Biden said Obama has shown he knows how to take care of soldiers when they come home.
“That’s why this president, President Obama, has increased military spending for veterans more than any president of the United States has in 30 percent,” Biden said. “His budget for the upcoming year increases veterans benefits by 10 percent.”
But a few hours before Biden arrived in Iowa, two retired military officers held a news conference at the Iowa Republican Party’s headquarters to blast Obama’s military policies. Retired Army Colonel Gene Nosco of Waukee accused Biden of being “disloyal” to members of the Iowa Air Guard who may lose their jobs under an Obama Administration proposal.
“You don’t see him talking about what he is going to do to save those jobs and you don’t see him thanking the people that literally saved his life when he was in a combat theater of operations, so that’s my beef,” Nosco told Radio Iowa. “…I think he probably is disloyal, in my personal opinion.”
During a telephone interview this afternoon with Radio Iowa, Biden responded.
“President Obama is the first president of the United States to put the head of the National Guard — a four-star general — at the table with the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” Biden said. “…This president has done more for the National Guard, I argue, than any president of the United States has.”
Beau Biden, a Judge Advocate General in the Delaware National Guard, was deployed to Iraq in 2008 and returned to the U.S. in September of 2009. During his conversation with Radio Iowa this afternoon, Beau Biden insisted he has no idea whether his father will run for president in 2016.
“We only talk about 2012,” Beau Biden said. “The focus of my father, my mother and my family is to make sure the president of the United States gets reelected as does my father, the vice president of the United States.”
Beau Biden was elected Delaware’s attorney general in 2006. Earlier this week he announced a settlement between the State of Delaware and a firm that registers mortgages to ensure consumers can quickly find out what company holds their mortgage. The company also agreed to reforms that will improve the accuracy of its mortgage records.