VP Biden To GOP Senators: 'Don't Tell Me About Christmas' : It's All Politics Vice President Biden said the New START pact was too important for U.S. national security for the GOP senators opposed to the treaty to stand in the way. He dismissed the Christmas concerns of Senators Kyl and DeMint as a red herring.
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VP Biden To GOP Senators: 'Don't Tell Me About Christmas'

As most people know, Vice President Biden spent much of his adult life in the U.S. Senate representing Delaware.

So he knows how that body operates and its personalities as well as anyone in Washington.

And he pretty much told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that Republican Senators Jon Kyl and Jim DeMint's criticism of Sen. Harry Reid for bringing up the New START nuclear arms treaty with Russia for consideration has less to do with Christmas and more to do with their opposition to the pact.

BIDEN: -- Senator Kyl is opposed to the treaty.  He is flat opposed to the treaty.  So is Senator DeMint opposed to the treaty.  Do not let -- do not stand in the way of the nation's best interests.  Let the Senate vote.  Overwhelming(ly), the American people support the START Treaty.

Overwhelmingly, the United States Senate supports the START Treaty. It's clearly in our national interests.  Every former national security adviser, secretary of Defense, the secretary of State on the Republican Party from George Shultz to Colin Powell thinks it's essential we pass this treaty.

Get out of the way.  There's too much at stake for America's national security.

And don't tell me about Christmas.  I understand Christmas.  I have been a senator for a long time.  I've been there many years where we go right up to Christmas.

There's 10 days between now and Christmas.  I hope I don't get in the way of your Christmas shopping, but this is the nation's business.  This is the national security that's at stake.  Act.  Act.

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