Joe Biden defended his pro-Israel record and vouched for his running mateâ€™s at a conference of Jewish Democrats.
Speaking Tuesday at the National Jewish Democratic Councilâ€™s Washington Conference, Biden noted his first meeting with former Israeli prime ministers Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin and the various pro-Israel pieces of legislation he has backed.
â€œIâ€™ve spent 35 years of my career dealing with issues relating to Israel,â€ he said. â€œMy support for Israel begins in my stomach, goes to my heart and ends up in my head.
â€œI guarantee you, I would not have joined Barack Obama as his vice president if I had any doubt, even the slightest doubt, that he shares the same commitment to Israel I share,â€ Biden said to a standing ovation.
The Delaware senator briefly mentioned â€œthe smear campaignâ€ against him — specifically citing the Republican Jewish Coalitionâ€™s charge that he once attempted to cut off aid to Israel — and said, â€œWe have to ignore all the malarkey, distractions and e-mails and get behind Barack Obama.â€
After his opening remarks on Israel, Biden stuck mostly to the economy and other domestic policies in his half-hour speech, which sounded similar to the vice-presidential nomineeâ€™s standard stump speech.
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