Transcript for Joe Biden Recalls the Day Bin Laden Was Captured
We begin with the race for 2016. As the pressure mounts and vice president Joseph Biden to decide whether he'll run a new headline. Many now asking did he change his story. By now appearing to revise his story about the takedown of Osama bin Laden what he now says he told the president. We all remember that image the president's inner circle watching as the Navy SEALs moved in Biden who long said he told the president not to send those teams in. Tonight saying something else that he told the president in private that he should go forth. ABC's chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl leading us all. President Obama is called the day of the bin Laden raid the most important of his presidency. This vice president clearly concurs. Yeah. Biden is described Obama's decision is especially courageous because in that key meeting when it came time to decide. Most of the president's advisors including Biden himself. Were not in favor of the raid. I see real demanded direct answer. Mr. President my suggestion is don't ago we have to do two more things to see if he's there. Today Biden offered an entirely different account of what happened on that fateful day saying he didn't give his opinion until after the meeting. When he was a loan would President Obama and then he said go for it. So as we walked out of room and walked upstairs. I said did I told my opinion and I thought he should go but followed was own instincts. But it would have been a mistake to magnify it said in front of every one. Don't go or go and his decision was a different decision. But Intel today Biden has said he told Obama and his team that night to hold off on the raid ladies gentlemen I see. Wait another seven days following information. I wanted to take one more day to do one more test to see it means there Hillary Clinton wrote of the fateful decision in her memoir. Vice President Biden remain skeptical she recalled. But I concluded the chance to get bin Laden was worth it inflation eluded to in the democratic debate. Later talking about the this the tough decision that. President Obama had to make about Osama bin Laden rise one of his few advisors. The White House today refused to say whether Biden's new account was correct C can't tell me whether or not the vice president today was telling the truth when he said he advised to go forward with the bin Laden right. I'm telling you that I don't have any insight to share with you about the private conversations between president. Jon Karl with a tough questions are the White House today John with us live now and those new poll numbers tonight their eye opening a honest government at home job at ABC news poll showing Hillary Clinton. Shooting up twelve points in the polls since September those are new numbers after last week's debate. So John what are you learning from the Biden camp about tightening on his decision now and are they looking at these new numbers are they factor. By his team says that decision could come at. Any time David as for the polls they say the polls really are not a factor for the vice president but I've got to tell you I have spoken to several. Long time Biden friends and advisors who believe the vice president simply waited too long and it is time has passed. Jon Karl leading us off tonight from the White House John thank you.
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