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