FLASHBACK: Biden Opposed Evacuating Vietnamese After Saigon’s Fall

Critics on Wednesday were quick to recall that a young Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) opposed evacuating Vietnamese civilians placed during the 1975 fall of Saigon, just two years after he was first elected to the Senate.

“I will vote for any amount for getting the Americans out,” Biden said during an April 14th, 1975 Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting. “I don’t want it mixed with getting the Vietnamese out.”

He said in remarks on April 23rd, “I do not believe the United States has an obligation, moral or otherwise, to evacuate foreign nationals. … The United States has no obligation to evacuate one, or 100,001, South Vietnamese.” When Senate Democrats finally relented
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