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Bridget Johnson


March 19, 2012 - 7:43 pm

Vice President Joe Biden at a fundraiser tonight called President Obama’s plan to kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan the most “audacious” military venture in the past five centuries.

Biden spoke for more than 20 minutes at the private home in Morris Township, N.J., where he helped haul in $400,000 in campaign funds for Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).

While comparing his Irish background with Menendez’s Cuban ancestry, and praising the senator for supporting administration endeavors such as the Recovery Act, Biden spent a healthy amount of his speech promoting his boss and pitching for four more years.

Saying he spends 4 to 6 hours a day with Obama, Biden recounted the day they got bin Laden, according to the pool report.

“You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan,” Biden said. “Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48% probability that he was there.”

“Do any one of you have a doubt that if that raid failed that this guy would be a one-term president?” he added. “This guy is willing to do the right thing and risk losing.”

Biden called Obama “smart as hell” and said he makes a decision with “no whining.”

“I give you my word as a Biden I’m more optimistic about the United States chances in the world today than when I got elected 40 years ago as a 29-year-old kid,” he said. “Not only is (Menendez) going to win. Not only are the president and I going to win. I believe we’re going to win back the House of Representatives.”

The vice president also took potshots at the Republican presidential field.

“We should sponsor another 20 debates. Think of the things they say. Think of the things they say about women,” Biden said.

“I mean, it’s just absolutely staggering the things they say,” he continued. “Between Gingrich and Romney and Santorum, I think if I told you — if I just listed the things, the outrageous things — well, from my perspective, outrageous things — they’ve said, I think you would have thought I’m making it up.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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