ABC News' Mary Bruce Reports: Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., targeted a Republican rival this morning, accusing Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani of knowing "virtually nothing about foreign policy."
"I love these guys on the Republican side. They don't -- they know virtually -- except for John McCain -- virtually nothing about foreign policy," Biden told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in a This Week interview.
While Giuliani has promised that, if elected, Iran would never develop nuclear weapons, Biden said he could not make the same guarantee. "I can't make the promise, but I am
much more likely to achieve the result than Giuliani," Biden, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asserted.
He also warned that an invasion of Iran may make it a more dangerous adversary. "If anybody thinks you're going to be able to stop Iran because you're going to invade them or you're going to -- you instigate an air war with them, they're crazy. All that would do was solidify every single Iranian -- and they're divided right now with their leadership -- to be united in their opposition to us and to the West. It will get every single solitary Islamic state in the world further enraged about our activity. It will generate more danger and loss for American lives in Iraq," he said.
Biden, who was first elected to the Senate at age 29, went on to attack Giuliani's record. "He's been the mayor of a city, a great city. How does that qualify him...what has he demonstrated he knows about even national security?"
"His claim to fame was he settled [New York] city, in terms of its violence. He did that with a Clinton-Biden crime bill. He got another 3,000 cops. They wipe out the crime bill, what do you hear from Giuliani? Not a word. What do you hear from Giuliani about the fact that we have a situation where the 9/11 Commission has recommended $41 million --billion worth of changes in our national security, the president has blown it off? What's Giuliani -- do you hear him talking about that at all? Do you hear him talking about cargo containers, about his ports, about anything?"
According to the latest ABC News-Washington Post poll, Giuliani is poised as the Republican front-runner while Biden, whose campaign has failed to gain traction, is fourth in the Democratic field behind Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., former Sen. John Edwards D-N.C., and Governor Bill Richardson, D-N.M.