Biden on Spy Swap: Thought They'd Take Limbaugh
But wasn't veep's idea to send Anna Chapman back
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 10, 2010 6:12 AM CDT
FILE - In this March 7, 2010 file photo, Jay Leno arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, Calif.    (Peter Kramer)
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(Newser) – Vice President Joe Biden had to convince a skeptical Jay Leno last night that the United States didn't get a raw deal from Russia in the biggest spy swap since the Cold War. Leno asked Biden during a taping of The Tonight Show why the US was sending 10 accused spies back to Russia while getting only four in return. "That doesn't seem fair," Leno said.

"We got back four really good ones," Biden reassured Leno. "And the ten, they've been here a long time, but they hadn't done much." Leno then showed a sultry photo of alleged Russian agent Anna Chapman and asked: "Do we have any spies that hot?" Biden's reply, in a mock-serious tone: "Let me be clear. It was not my idea to send her back." The vice president also said he had one more suggestion for the deal that was ignored. "I thought they'd take Rush Limbaugh," he said.