Biden Avoids Politics in Speech to Police

July 24, 2012

By Julie Percha,

In the wake of one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, Vice President Joe Biden praised the victims of last week’s movie theater massacre for inspiring the nation with their acts of courage and valor.

Speaking to a group of police officers in Manalapan, Fla., Biden somberly recalled the everyday heroes of the Aurora, Colo., shooting that left 12 dead and more than 50 injured — including the man who died while shielding his girlfriend from the attack, the Air Force reservist who dove to save his colleague’s life and the others who sprung into action to help wounded victims during the shooting.

“These are the people who define who we are as a nation. They are the hymns of our hope,” Biden said, at the National Association of Police Organizations’ annual convention at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach.

“People stepped up. They make us proud of our country, and maybe more importantly at this moment, they make us confident that this country is made of that sterner stuff,” he said.

Biden’s talk was originally scheduled as a campaign event to discuss collective bargaining and security policy, but in light of Friday’s shooting, he said, it “doesn’t seem appropriate” to talk politics.

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