In charging his Republican opponent with putting "two wars on a credit card" in the October 11 vice-presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden misrepresented his own voting record on the wars in a misstatement of fact that went unchallenged by both the debate moderator and the Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
While debating which party and administration has been responsible for the sluggish state of the economy, Biden brought up Ryan's votes in Congress to authorize the Afghan and Iraq wars.
And, by the way, they talk about this Great Recession as if it fell out of the sky, like, "Oh, my goodness, where did it come from?" It came from this man voting to put two wars on a credit card, to at the same time put a prescription drug benefit on the credit card, a trillion-dollar tax cut for the very wealthy. I was there. I voted against them. I said, no, we can't afford that.
And now, all of a sudden, these guys are so seized with the concern about the debt that they created.
The moderator, ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz, then turned to Ryan for a response.
"Let's not forget that they came in with one-party control," said Ryan, who went on to talk about how the $831-billion Obama economic stimulus plan, passed by the Democratic majority in Congress in 2009, failed to stem the rise in unemployment. In the rapid-fire exchange between the candidates on a multitude of issues, Biden's claim about his votes was somehow overlooked.
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