Vice President Joe Biden on Friday dramatically misstated the number of U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan while hitting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s comment about “the 47 percent.”
“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 during a campaign stop in Concord, N.H. “I don’t call that dependency. I call that ingratitude to not recognize they are a part of that 47 percent.”
There are approximately 68,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, after the last of the 33,000 American surge troops left the country this week.
After the event, a Biden aide told reporters the vice president meant to say there are 68,000, not 650,000, U.S. troops left, Fox News reported.
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