Biden begins retelling his story with the setting details: "It was my fourth trip to Iraq; we were leaving Baghdad. It was pitch black," Biden says before segueing into a description of a flag-draped coffin strapped in the middle of his C-130 cargo plane. "They turned that cargo plane into a cathedral," he says. "And all I could think of was the parents waiting at the other end. We must end this war in a way that won’t send their grandchildren back.” Knowing that Biden may be one of these parents on the receiving end of the C-130 cargo plane, it’s these lines that strike an emotional chord with television viewers.
Biden’s son, Beau, is the attorney general of Delaware and a captain in the U.S. National Guard. Beau Biden told a room full of veterans at the Presidential Extravaganza that his father is not happy about the possibility of his deployment, quoting his father, “I don't want him going. But I tell you what, I don't want my grandson or my granddaughters going back in 15 years, and so how we leave makes a big difference.”
Unlike his poll numbers in Iowa, where he’s been consistently polling at about 2 percent, Biden’s “Plan for Iraq” has been gaining traction with his congressional colleagues and foreign policy experts on both sides of the political aisle. Biden’s campaign crew hopes the ads will help him garner name recognition and traction in the polls.
Larry Rasky, communications director for the Biden campaign, said this to the Des Moines Register: "There's no question that Iraq is the major issue on the minds of the voters, and there's also no question that Joe Biden has been the leader in trying to push George Bush to get out of Iraq. It will certainly raise the senator's favorable name recognition, but as for the horse race question, I think it remains to be seen as to when people really begin focusing on making that choice, but it will happen over time."