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Biden Overstates U.S. Forces in Afghanistan–By 582,000; Calls Combat Troops Part of Romney’s 47% Dependent on Gov’t

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Speaking in front of the New Hampshire State House in Concord on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden overstated the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by 582,000 and said that those troops are part of the 47 percent whom Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said would vote for Obama “no matter what” because they are dependent on government and pay no income taxes.

“By the way, those dependent people he refers to, those 47 percent, they include the 650,000 troops still left in Afghanistan who, because they are in combat, being shot at, injured, they do not have to pay any federal income tax on their salary,” Biden said. “I don’t call that dependency. I call that ingratitude to not recognize they are a part of that 47 percent.

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