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Joe Biden says the U.S. needs to send a message to “let’s go shock ’em all”

Joe Biden says the U.S. needs to send a message to "let's go shock 'em all"

Biden urges US World Cup team to `let’s go shock ’em all’

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden tells the Washington Post, ‘We need to give them a sign that says, let’s go shock ’em all,’ when asked if he will send “a message about not getting fooled by the world cup” by the U.S. team. (Reuters)

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, whose efforts to promote a united Germany in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks resulted in NATO troops stationed in Germany for nearly two years, says the United States needs to send a “message” to “let’s go shock ’em all.”

President Barack Obama has already made clear to the U.S. team in South Africa that nothing will change during upcoming World Cup qualifying. He also instructed the Pentagon to train its troops in the region ahead of the tournament.

“If we want to send a message to the guys out there, it has to be something that says, ‘Hey, it’s time for a real shock and it’s time for a real change,’ ” Biden, who has been to South Africa a number of times, told the Washington Post Sunday.

Biden said he believes the U.S. would benefit from a real shock, one aimed at both U.S. and international fans of the game, and was willing to play a role in inspiring one.

“What we have to do is give them a sign that says, let’s go shock ’em all.”

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He said, “We can’t be sitting here thinking about ourselves while people are out there in South Africa being scared and feeling alone. If we want to send a message to the guys out there, it has to be in some way it says, ‘hey, it’s time for a real shock and it’s time for a real change,’ ” he said

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