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Obama with wife Michelle as they arrived
in Springfield Saturday on their way to Veep
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Obama Adds Foreign Expertise to Ticket (NYT)
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By ADAM NAGOURNEY and JEFF ZELENY
Photo: Senator Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, on Saturday in Greenville, Del.
Haraz N. Ghanbari/Associated Press

Published: August 23, 2008

WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama introduced Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. as his running mate on Saturday, a choice that strengthens the Democratic ticket’s credentials on foreign policy heading into the general election against Senator John McCain.

Mr. Obama passed over other candidates, including Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana and Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who might have brought him a state or reinforced the message of change that has been central to his candidacy. He also bypassed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, his main challenger in the primaries.

It was perhaps the most critical decision Mr. Obama has made as his party’s presumptive nominee. It suggested a concern by Mr. Obama’s advisers that his overseas trip this summer may not have done enough to deal with persistent voter concerns about his level of experience, especially on national security. Read More.

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Updated Saturday, August 23rd 2008

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama selected Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware late Friday night to be his vice presidential running mate, according to a Democratic official, balancing his ticket with an older congressional veteran well-versed in foreign and defense issues.

Biden, who has twice sought the White House, is a Catholic with a generally liberal voting record and a reputation as a long-winded orator.

Across more than 30 years in the Senate, he has served at various times not only as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, but also as head of the Judiciary Committee, with its jurisdiction over anti-crime legislation and Constitutional issues. Read More.


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