Biden Rejects Palin Complaint She Was Victim of 'Political Blood Sport'
Vice President Joe Biden today rejected Gov. Sarah Palin's complaint that she has been the victim of political blood sport.
"No, I respect her decision, I don't," Biden told me when I asked him if he agreed with the Alaska governor's complaint that she had been the victim of "superficial, wasteful political blood sport."
Palin announced during a surprise news conference Friday that she is stepping down at the end of the month from her job as Alaska governor and won't run again in 2010.
During my exclusive behind-the-scenes interview with Biden in Iraq airing Sunday on "This Week," the vice president -- -- the last person to run against Sarah Palin in the 2008 election -- told me he takes Palin at her word that her decision to step down was personal.
"Those who've been deeply involved in politics know at the end of the day that it is really and truly a personal deal," Biden said, "and personal family decisions have a real impact on people's decisions."
Biden told me he often speculates about people who have rejected seeking higher office that their decision may have had more with "what the state of their life was and the state of their family."
"I don't know what prompted her decision to not only not run again and also to step down as a consequence of the decision not to run in 2010," Biden said, "and I take her at her word that it had a personal ingredient in it and you have to respect that."
Biden added, "I'm not going to second guess her."