Biden speaks about his son Hunter’s battle with drug addiction during debate

During the first 2020 presidential debate on Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden mentions his son Hunter working to overcome an addiction to drugs saying, “I’m proud of him. I’m proud of my son.”

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JOE BIDEN: Speaking of my son, the way you talk about the military, the way you talk about them being losers and being-- and-- and-- and-- and-- and just being suckers. My son was in Iraq. He spent a year there. He got the-- he got the Bronze Star. He got the Conspicuous Service Medal. He was not a loser. He was a patriot. And the people left behind there--

DONALD TRUMP: Oh, really?

JOE BIDEN: --were heroes.


JOE BIDEN: And I resent--

DONALD TRUMP: Are you talking about Hunter? Are you talking about Hunter?

JOE BIDEN: I'm talking of my son Beau Biden. You're talking about--

DONALD TRUMP: I don't know-- I don't know Beau. I know Hunter.

JOE BIDEN: Yeah, you know Beau--

DONALD TRUMP: Hunter got thrown-- Hunter got thrown out of the military. He was thrown out, dishonorably discharged--

JOE BIDEN: That's not true--

DONALD TRUMP: --for cocaine use. And he didn't have a job until you became vice president. And once you became vice president--

JOE BIDEN: None of that is true.

DONALD TRUMP: --he made a fortune in Ukraine, in China, in Moscow, and various other places.

JOE BIDEN: That is simply not true.

DONALD TRUMP: He made a fortune--

JOE BIDEN: My son-- my son--

CHRIS WALLACE: Gentlemen--

DONALD TRUMP: --and he didn't have a job.

JOE BIDEN: My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem. He's overtaken it. He's-- he's-- he's fixed it. He's worked on it. And I'm proud of him. I'm proud of my son.

DONALD TRUMP: But why was he given tens of--