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Biden’s awkward question: What if Obama had been assassinated?


Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. on Friday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Ex-vice president and current presidential candidate Joe Biden posed an awkward what-if Friday about a man he’s called a friend.

“Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee? What would have happened in America?”

Biden — Obama’s vice president for two terms, and a senator from Delaware for 36 years — raised the question to an audience in Hanover, N.H. during a campaign stop.

He spoke in the context of recalling two of his political heroes, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, both of whom were assassinated in 1968.

Biden’s gaffes are coming under scrutiny again during his third presidential campaign — he previously ran in 1988 and 2008.

During the same campaign swing on Friday, Biden said that if he didn’t support teachers, “I’d be sleeping alone.” His wife, Jill, has worked as a community college teacher.

Also Friday, Biden talked about the idea of taking tax breaks from wealthy people.

“I find most rich people are as patriotic as poor people," he said.

With News Wire Services