Did Joe Biden Believe That Saddam Hussein Had Weapons of Mass Destruction?

In an interview on MSNBC’s The Last Word on Monday, former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that he did not believe Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction when he voted in favor of the Iraq war as a senator in 2002.

“The reason I voted the way I did was to try to prevent a war from happening, because, remember, the threat was to go to war,” said Biden.

“The argument was because Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. So [President George W. Bush] said that, ‘I need to be able to get the security council to agree to send in inspectors to put pressure on Saddam to find out whether or not he’s producing nuclear weapons.’

“And at the time, I said, ‘that’s your reason? All right, I get it.’

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