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On the Merits of Joe Biden

From the comment block at ObamaBiden08.org:

Yes Joe Biden has foreign policy experience, more simply by years of
service on the Foreign relations Committee and his long stint as
Chairman then almost any other living Democrat. And his plan to get us
out of Iraq is probably our last best chance of bringing our troops
home safe without leaving chaos behind. Is that enough for Obama to
choose him as his VP? Maybe, maybe not. So what are his other
accomplishments, experiences and talents that make him a great choice
for Obama? First, as he proved during the Democratic primaries he is a
master debater and would wipe the floor (as he did with many of his
democratic opponents) with anyone John McCain is even remotely
considering. remember, the only time the VP Nominee ever really takes
center stage in a general election is when his/ her name is announced,
next at the convention for their speech and finally in the one or two
VP debates. Second he is known as the third Senator from PA. He was
born and raised in Scranton and
Delaware’s media market is Philadelphia. More people in southeastern
PA know who Joe Biden is then most of their own elected officials. At
least that’s what Gov. Ed Rendell is saying to anyone who will listen.
Third, he is Irish Catholic and has gray hair. In other words he
appeals to that illusive white working/ middle class voter. These are
his roots and he speaks the language. Fourth, before Joe Biden took
over as Chairman of the Foreign relations Committee he was the longest
serving Chairman of the Senate Judiciary in the history of the Senate.
At a time when Dick Cheney has been dismantling our civil liberties it
would be nice to have a VP that actually knows what the Constitution
says (he has taught Constitutional law for almos 20 years). It is from
that experience that he broke with most of his Democratic colleagues
and voted against John Roberts who is now proving to be the most
conservative Justice on the bench. In fact he was a co-sponsor and
helped write the first
FISA Law in 1978 that President Bush has been hell bent on dismantling
over the past six years. Finally, he is a true family man. As much as
he seems a fixture in Washington, Joe Biden has never actually lived in
Washington. He has taken the train home to his family in Wilmington
every night for over 35 years . He knows how Washington works but has
not been infected by it’s inner workings. Obviously I think he is a
great pick warts and all. Oh, as for women: Joe Biden is the author of
the seminal Violence Against Women Act and is viewed as one of the
greatest champions of women’s issues in the country (ask Ellie Smeal).

originally posted at obamabiden08.org on 6/7/08 by Rob

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Biden to Abandon Presidential Bid

from the Associated Press

By BETH FOUHY – Jan 3, 2008
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Delaware Sen. Joe Biden abandoned his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday after a poor showing in the state’s caucuses.

“There is nothing sad about tonight. We are so incredibly proud of you all,” Biden told his supporters. “So many of you have sacrificed for me and I am so indebted to you. I feel no regret. I ain’t goin’ away.

“I want to thank the people of Delaware and I’ll be going back to the Senate as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,” he said.

The veteran lawmaker received less than 1 percent of the vote despite a spirited campaign in which he emphasized his international policy credentials and long career in public service.

Thursday night was a case of deja vu for Biden, who sought the Democratic presidential nomination 20 years ago — in 1988 — but left the race before the Iowa caucuses that year amid accusations that he had plagiarized from speeches by a British Labor Party leader.

This time, Biden campaigned extensively in Iowa, focusing on his plan for ending the Iraq war and the broad foreign policy experience he gained from more than 30 years in the Senate. Biden also noted the many time his rivals acknowledged agreeing with him.

His advisers had hoped for a fourth-place finish and thought even third place was possible.

Biden, 65, went to the Senate in 1973 after winning a race few expected him to. He was only 29, but turned 30 — the minimum age for service in the Senate — shortly thereafter.

In the years since, he has overcome personal tragedy and near death experiences.

Five weeks after his election, a station wagon driven by his wife, Neilia, was broadsided by a tractor-trailer in Delaware as she drove home with a family Christmas tree. She and the couple’s 18-month-old daughter, Naomi, were killed. Their two young sons, Beau and Hunter, were seriously injured.

Biden said at first that he no longer wanted the job he had just won, but Senate leaders persuaded him to assume his seat. He was sworn in from the hospital bedside of one his sons. It remains his habit not to work on Dec. 18.

In 1977, Biden married Jill Tracy Jacobs. They have a daughter, Ashley. Both of his sons are lawyers, and the elder son, Beau, was elected state attorney general of Delaware in November.

Biden himself had a close brush with death in February 1988, when he was hospitalized for two brain aneurysms. It was seven months before he could return to the Senate.

Biden voted to authorize the war in Iraq, but since has become one of Congress’ most vocal critics of the Bush administration’s handling of the war. He was the only Democrat in the presidential race who advocated partitioning Iraq as a means of ending the war and U.S. military involvement there.

He was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1987 to 1995, and presided over two of the most contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearings, for Robert Bork in 1987 and for Clarence Thomas in 1991.

During his tenure on the Judiciary Committee, Biden wrote several anti-drug laws and the landmark Violence against Women Act of 2000, which contains a broad array of measures to combat domestic violence and gender-based crimes. Part of the law was later struck down as unconstitutional.

Biden is known for a tell-it-like-it-is speaking style that resonates with ordinary Americans, with a quick wit and colorful phrasings that have made him a sought-after guest for television and radio interviews. But he’s also developed a reputation as a long-winded publicity hound.

In one Democratic debate last year, Biden drew laughs when, commenting on Republican candidate Rudy Giuliani’s foreign policy experience, he said the former New York mayor’s message amounted to “a noun, a verb and 9/11.”

That Biden is regarded as a loquacious orator underscores how far he’s come from his roots in New Castle, Del., where he was teased by his classmates because he stuttered.

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