Barack Obama Chooses Joe Biden as Running Mate

There will be no dream ticket of Obama/Clinton. It’s official, Joe Biden has been selected as Barack Obama’s running mate for the 2008 Presidential election, though not the way that Senator Obama had hoped it would be announced.

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Obama and Biden Credit: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

From Associated Press:

Barack Obama selected Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware late Friday night to be his vice presidential running mate, according to a Democratic official, balancing his ticket with a seasoned congressional veteran well-versed in foreign policy and defense issues.

Biden, 65, has twice sought the White House, and is a Catholic with blue-collar roots, a generally liberal voting record and a reputation as a long-winded orator.

Across more than 30 years in the Senate, he has served at various times not only as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee but also as head of the Judiciary Committee, with its jurisdiction over anti-crime legislation, Supreme Court nominees and Constitutional issues.

In selecting Biden, Obama passed over several other potential running mates, none more prominent than former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, his tenacious rival in dozens of primaries and caucuses.

The official who spoke did so on condition of anonymity, preferring not to pre-empt a text-message announcement the Obama campaign promised for Saturday morning.

Obama’s decision leaked to the media several hours before his aides planned to send a text message announcing the running mate, negating a promise that people who turned over their phone numbers would be the first to know who Obama had chosen.

John McCain’s campaign wasted no time in attacking Biden by using the Delaware politician’s own words against him.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Republicans have been gathering ammunition against Sen. Biden for weeks now and didn’t have to look very far. Early in the lengthy presidential primary season, while he was still a candidate himself, Sen. Biden criticized Sen. Obama’s inexperience on several occasions, as well as his foreign policy naiveté.

The idea of nominating someone without “unimpeachable credentials on national security and foreign policy,” Sen. Biden said during a radio interview in August 2007, would be “a tragic mistake.”

“There has been no harsher critic of Barack Obama’s lack of experience than Joe Biden,” said McCain spokesman Ben Porritt. “Biden has denounced Barack Obama’s poor foreign policy judgment and has strongly argued in his own words what Americans are quickly realizing — that Barack Obama is not ready to be President.”

Sen. Biden is a key component of the Republicans’ counter-programming for the Democratic National Convention next week in Denver. He’s featured in three videos on a new Web site, to be launched Sunday, of Democrats criticizing Sen. Obama.

All I can say is “Let the games begin”. It should be an interesting 10 weeks until election day! Thoughts?

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