Obama taps Biden to be running mate

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.