NY Times Breaking News Alert: Obama Chooses Biden as Running Mate

This just in from the NY Times via my email: News Alert: Obama Chooses Biden as Running Mate

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Saturday, August 23, 2008 — 1:03 AM ET
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Obama Chooses Biden as Running Mate

Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware will become Senator
Barack Obama’s running mate, The New York Times has learned.
Mr. Biden made an early bid for the Democratic presidential
nomination. Read More (updated): Obama Chooses Biden as Running Mate

I’ll update (updated above and below) with the full story link when the NY Times makes it available. Looks like the Obama camp wasn’t able to keep it under wraps after all and let their supporters be the first to know. It’s all good though… Joe Biden is great choice.

UPDATE (1:15 am et): Marc Ambinder also reports: Obama Picks Sen. Joe Biden:

This is a formidable ticket, and a risky ticket, and not a comfort zone choice for Obama.Put aside the obvious: Biden has foreign policy meat on his bones…He’s a great debater… he has a working-class Scranton-bred Irish-Catholic heritage…he knows Washington very well…he has known tragedy in his life…

He was elected to the Senate as a change agent at the age of 29. He is comfortable but not wealthy — he has not used the prerogatives of office to enrich his personal wealth, although his family has benefited from his stature.

UPDATE 2 (1:20 am et): From the NY Times:  

Senator Barack Obama has chosen Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware to be his running-mate, turning to a leading authority on foreign policy and a longtime Washington hand to fill out the Democratic ticket, people told of the decision said. […]

Word of Mr. Obama’s decision leaked out hours before his campaign was scheduled to inform supporters via text and e-mail messages…

It was a great idea the Obama camp had to send out an email and text message blast ahead of letting the media know, but leaks happen. When Kerry decided not to run again in ’08, word was leaked and the Boston Globe reported it. In this digitial age, word spreads like rapid fire.

Again I can only reiterate, I think Senator Joe Biden is good choice. As chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, he’s got the foreign policy credentials to make up where some might feel Obama lacks. He’s also a “Roman Catholic, giving him appeal to that important voting bloc.”

He was born in a working class family in Scranton, Pa., a swing state where he remains well-known. Mr. Biden is up for re-election to the Senate this year and he would presumably run simultaneously for both seats. […]

He was also the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee during two of the most contentious Supreme Court nomination battles of the past 50 years: the confirmation proceedings for Robert H. Bork, who was defeated, and Clarence Thomas, who was confirmed after an explosive hearing in which Anita Hill accused Mr. Thomas of sexual harassment. Mr. Biden led the opposition to both nominations, though he came under criticism from some feminists for not immediately disclosing what were at first Ms. Hill’s closed-door accusations against Mr. Thomas. […]

He is also something of a fixture in Washington, and would bring to the campaign – and the White House – a familiarity with the way the city and Congress works that Mr. Obama can not match after his relatively short stint in Washington.

At 65 years old, he adds a few years and gray hair to a ticket that otherwise might seem a bit young (Mr. Obama is 47). He is, as Mr. Obama’s advisers were quick to argue, someone who appears by every measure prepared to take over as president, setting a standard that appears intended to at least somewhat hamstring Mr. McCain should he be tempted to go for a more adventurous choice for No. 2.

Well… There it is folks: Obama Biden ’08.

UPDATE 3 (2:31 am et): I’ve just finished listening to Patrick Healy of the NY Times on the Times Back Story. It’s worth a listen: “Back Story with The Times’s Patrick Healy (mp3).”

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8 Responses to NY Times Breaking News Alert: Obama Chooses Biden as Running Mate

  1. Ted says:

    Biden — the perfect foil for Palin!

  2. I could not be more delighted that Senator Obama made this VP choice.   I am 64 years old and am a native Delawarian.  Joe was the perfect choice because he has charisma, good oratory skills, is well versed in foreign affairs, and is a straight talker.  Senator Biden has never hid from a fight and thus will prove an excellent GOP attack dog.  Above all else he is genuine.  His word is his bond.  For those who don’t know, his adult son, Beau Biden,  was recently elected our  state attorney-general.  However, he is still active in tbe National Guard and his guard troop will be deploying to Iraq in October.  I am sure this will prove to be campaign fodder.As we in Deaware have come to know, Senator Biden has frequently made oratorical gaffs. (open mouth insert foot)  However, his positives far outweigh any negatives.  Obama’s VP choice of our “average Joe” will likely assure his election to the presidencyGrining with Pride,  Buzz

  3. mamameow says:

    well i am 66 and very disappointed that biden is the choice. for one thing he is too old!! he will be 74 in 8 years and then we will loose the w.h. because of biden’s age. no one would vote for a candidate who will be 82 when he leaves office. the other thing is the bankrupcy bill. biden has pushed this for years and years. why? because it would be good for the people? no because his donors, the credit card companies, are domiciled in his state. i am through with this election. obamalites bashed hillary without hesitation, some of the lowest sexist remarks/actions in my lifetime. sick of all of it. obama will be fighting for his political life and with biden and his age, they have washed the age advantage against mc cain. no wonder we loose elections!!! disgusting!!!

  4. Alrudder says:

    I just wonder what John Kerry is thinking right now.  I hope he gets the State Department, although he’ll be in a real turf war with his friend Joe Biden in the West Wing.

  5. mamameow

    “he will be 74 in 8 years and then we will loose the w.h. because of biden’s age.”

    Aren’t you jumping ahead just a bit too far — no one said Biden would run after Obama serves 2 terms and there will no doubt be plenty of great Dems in 8 years that could indeed hold on to the White House for us.

  6. mamameow says:

    the pattern goes, v.p. for 8years, no major f-ups, you then run for prez. biden will be 82 and the repubics will use this to their advantage. obama/biden will be a 2 term tag team, period. if the bankrupcy bill is not straightened out i will continue not to vote for biden. too many people are hurting with no where to go. suicide for the insurance has happened and will continue. corporations can file and no debt counseling for them. no biden stuck it to the little guy, for political reasons only, big time. it is going to come back and bite obama/biden. what would the vetters of biden, namely caroline the wise woman, know about debt and no money

  7. mamameow

    You assume that Biden will run in 8 years. There is no guarantee that he will — so you can piss and moan all you like, but for now, Obama made a smart choice of a Senator with a wealth of experience where needed.

    And where you get Biden will be 82 in 8 years is beyond me.

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