Biden: ‘How Many of You Know Someone Who Served in Iraq or Iran?’ Harry Reid: I Do

By Matt Cover | October 18, 2012 | 4:27 PM EDT

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2012 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Asheville, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

( Vice President Joe Biden asked a crowd in Las Vegas how many knew someone who had served in “Iraq or Iran.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) immediately raised his hand, despite the fact that the U.S. isn’t at war with Iran.

“How many of you know someone who’s served in Iraq and Iran,” Biden asked Thursday. Reid, seated on the stage behind Biden, raised his left hand.

Biden then asked if anyone knew of a person wounded in “Iraq or Iran.” Reid again raised his hand.

Biden went on to say that “we owe” veterans of the wars in Iraq or Iran.

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“We owe, we owe these families more than we can ever pay them,” he said.