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Biden Brings up Rep. Ryan's Deceased Father While Questioning the Congressman's Values

"And I'm glad to see that Congressman Ryan likes his dad, too, and quotes his dad. I mean that sincerely. But my dad [had] a lot of wisdom."

Vice President Joe Biden on Monday brought up Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) deceased father while questioning the Wisconsin congressman’s values:

"My dad used to have another saying, for real," Biden said to a crowd in Durham, North Carolina. "And, by the way, I've been saying this for 30 years. And I'm glad to see that Congressman Ryan likes his dad, too, and quotes his dad. I mean that sincerely. But my dad [had] a lot of wisdom.”

“Every time someone tells you, say, 'Look, let me tell you what's important to me, what I value.' My dad would go, 'No, no. Don't tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I will tell you what you value,'" he added.

Rep. Ryan's father passed away when he was only 16-years-old.

Watch Biden address Rep. Ryan's record at the 28:30 mark [via WRAL]:

Final Thought: Reaction to this video has been generally of the furious variety, and one can certainly see how the vice president's comments do come off as inappropriate. However, they're vague enough that no insult may have been intended.

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(H/T: WZ & Weekly Standard), front page photo source: The Associated Press

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