Republicans immediately seized on Biden's "we were the problem" remarks and contended that the vice president was criticizing the country, not the previous president. The Weekly Standard put out a video clip of that section of the speech, dubbing it "Biden Blames America." The Republican National Committee distributed the same clip by mass email. A Romney spokesman, Ryan Williams, tweeted a link to the video.
Andrea Saul, a Romney spokeswoman, tweeted a message from the presumptive Republican nominee's policy director, Lanhee Chen, accusing Biden of "blaming America for progress of Iran's nuclear weapons program" and calling it a "new low."
The vice president had previously drawn fire from Republicans for suggesting that Romney would not have ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Biden acknowledged that he himself had argued against the operation.
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