Biden Blasts Bush During Reno Fundraiser

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US Senator Joe Biden used a Presidents Day forum in Reno to blast the incumbent and to say why he should succeed George Bush.

The Delaware Democrat told an audience of more than 100 at the
Grand Sierra Resort that Bush's plan to escalate the number of troops in Iraq is what he calls "a tragic, tragic mistake."

Biden, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Bush has criticized those who oppose his plans to escalate American involvement in the war for emboldening the enemy.

Biden says it's the failed policies of the Bush administration that are emboldening the enemy.

Biden is in Northern Nevada for tomorrow's Democratic presidential forum in Carson City.

The event also will feature US Senators Hillary Clinton and Chris Dodd, former vice presidential candidate John Edwards; former US Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska; Congressman Dennis Kucinich, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack.

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