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The Joe Biden Moment

By Ruben Navarrette, USA Today - September 21, 2015

Former Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff admits he gets emotional when giving speeches.

“I only cry when I talk about my family, my country, or my God,” says Shurtleff, who is now a lawyer in private practice, told a gathering of immigration reform advocates a few years ago.

I was in the room at the time, and those words have stuck with me ever since. Family. Country. God. What do these things have in common? Answer: they all make us feel small.

Joe Biden has shed his share of tears — and then some. The vice president is currently mourning the tragic death of his son, Beau, from brain cancer. And even though Beau reportedly asked his father to run for president, the elder Biden isn’t sure what to do, as he revealed recently during an emotional appearance on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

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