CNN confirms Senator Barack Obama has chosen the 65 year old Delaware Senator Joe Biden to be his vice-presidential running mate. Senator Biden had been denying he was the choice, but the media quickly picked up on the movement of secret service agents to his residence while various other contenders made public announcements that they had been informed they were not chosen.
An official announcement is supposed to be made shortly via text messages and e-mails to Obama supporters. Senator Obama is scheduled to attend a rally in Springfield, Illinois for a joint appearance with his running mate prior to the opening of the Democratic Convention next week.
Joe Biden is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His home State of Delaware is famous for seafood and lax business incorporation laws. Biden is a Roman Catholic, and has made two attempts to win the Democratic nomination. He is known for being a long-winded talker, even sometimes a loose cannon with his verbal barbs.
Last weekend after consulting with Obama, Biden made a two-day trip to Georgia himself to assess the situation and voice support for the Georgian regime. The McCain camp was quick to release a statement saying that no one has been more critical of Obama’s experience than Biden.
On the other hand, Biden was quoted as saying, “John McCain remains wedded to the Bush Administration’s myopic view of a world defined by terrorism. … He would continue to allow a tiny minority to set the agenda for the overwhelming majority. It is time for a total change in Washington’s world view.”
Biden also commented on the Bush administration as “the worst administration in American foreign policy in modern history, maybe ever. … Every single thing they’ve touched has been a near disaster.”
Born on November 20, 1942, Senator Biden lists the following information on his website biography:
Senator Biden grew up in New Castle County, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1965, and from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1968. Prior to his election to the Senate, Biden practiced law in Wilmington, Delaware and served on the New Castle County Council from 1970 to 1972. Since 1991, Biden has been an adjunct professor at the Widener University School of Law, where he teaches a seminar on constitutional law. He is a proud graduate of Archmere Academy, class of 1961.
Senator Biden lives in Wilmington, Delaware and commutes to Washington, DC when the Senate is in session. He is married to Dr. Jill Biden, the former Jill Jacobs, an educator in Delaware's schools for over twenty years. She currently is a professor teaching at Delaware Technical Community College. Senator Biden is the father of three children: Beau, Hunter and Ashley. Beau serves as Delaware's Attorney General, Ashley is a social worker and Hunter is a lawyer. The Bidens also have five grandchildren: Naomi, Finnegan, Roberta Mabel, Natalie, and Robert Hunter.