DOVER, DEL. — A day after the vice presidential debate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware took a break from the campaign Friday to bid farewell to a son leaving for military duty in Iraq.
Delaware Atty. Gen. Beau Biden, 39, is a captain in the Army National Guard's 261st Signal Brigade, which leaves Sunday for a yearlong tour.
The Democrats' vice presidential nominee, known for being talkative, said at the deployment ceremony that his son gave him sage advice: "Keep it short, Dad. We're in formation."
"Never before has a Delaware guard unit been deployed that is better qualified," Sen. Biden said. "You are the best demonstration of both our nation's greatness and . . . our people's goodness."