WASHINGTON (AP) - The Web site has been updated and the text
messages have gone out. Delaware Senator Joe biden is Barack
Obama's choice as running mate.
The selection of the 65-year-old Biden is seen striking a
balance on the ticket by picking a a seasoned congressional veteran
well-versed in foreign policy and defense issues.
Obama announced the pick on his Web site with a photo of the two
men and an appeal for donations. A text message went out shortly
afterward that said, "Barack has chosen Senator Joe Biden to be
our VP nominee."
Biden's three decades in the Senate give him more than ten years
seniority over Republican candidate John McCain. Biden chairs the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Biden has a generally liberal voting record and a reputation as
a long-winded orator who speaks his mind.
Obama and Biden plan their debut today outside the Old State
Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.
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