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Joe Biden's harrowing helicopter ride

By Jimmy Orr / September 23, 2008

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It all started yesterday when Joe Biden was addressing attendees of a National Guard conference in Baltimore.  The Democratic nominee for vice president recounted a harrowing experience when he was  "forced down" over the mountains of Afghanistan.

“If you want to know where Al Qaeda lives, you want to know where Bin Laden is, come back to Afghanistan with me,” Biden said. “Come back to the area where my helicopter was forced down, with a three-star general and three senators at 10,500 feet in the middle of those mountains. I can tell you where they are.”

Old news

Biden has referenced the helicopter incident before.  In fact, The Vote blog referenced it two weeks ago.  Biden was talking at a fundraiser in Chicago and gave the group a preview of what he was going to discuss in his upcoming debate with Sarah Palin.

We wrote, referencing a Chicago Sun Times article, that Biden was going to question Palin about "the superhighway of terror between Pakistan and Afghanistan where my helicopter was forced down…John McCain wants to know where Bin Laden and the gates of Hell are? I can tell him where. That’s where Al Qaeda is. That’s where Bin Laden is. It’s not in the country of Iraq."

But we were lazy.


Jake Tapper, over at ABC News, hadn't heard about the helicopter incident and smartly Googled it.  This is what he found out:

In February 2008, Biden -- along with Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. -- was on a chopper that made an emergency landing in the mountains of Afghanistan.
A snowstorm had forced them down.

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