Emotional Biden Describes Meeting with Father of Deceased Soldier

By Nitya

Oct 22, 2008 8:19am

ABC News’ Matt Jaffe Reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., Tuesday addressed volunteers at the Campaign for Change field office in Parker, Colo.., just outside of Denver, describing an emotional rope line meeting earlier in the day when a supporter urged him to end the Iraq war.

"He said, ‘I want you to bring all these boys and girls home’," recalled Biden, whose son Beau is training in Fort Bliss, Tex., prior to heading to Iraq. "And he said, ‘I want to present you with something’."

The senator then took a gold pin off his lapel, next to the rectangular one he wears in support of Beau.

"And before I knew it, before I could say no, he pinned this on my lapel," Biden said as his eyes welled with tears.

"It’s a gold star," the senator continued, holding it up for the crowd. "The only way you get a gold star is if you lose a child in battle."

"We’re going to end this war," an emotional Biden then assured the audience, some of whom were wiping away tears.

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