Saturday, August 23, 2008

Joe Biden as Obama’s VP Choice, Is it a Working Partnership?

Delaware’s long-serving senator, Joseph “Joe” Robinette Biden, Jr. was chosen by Barack Obama as his running mate. He made this most awaited official announcement at a campaign rally in the front steps of the Old State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois, just two days before the Democratic National Convention (DNC) opens on Monday at Denver.

This is seemingly a welcome choice as what recent poll has showed and it gets positive reviews by voters nationwide, especially among Democrats. Former Obama rival and New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has praised the choice and issued a public statement calling Biden "an exceptionally strong, experienced leader and devoted public servant … Senator Biden will be a purposeful and dynamic vice president who will help Senator Obama both win the presidency and govern this great country."

On Obama-Biden ticket, interest groups has expressed their thoughts and reacted positively. A top Republican senator praised the choice. Donors and funding have started pouring in prior to the DNC together with reception sponsors. One consultant said that Joe will be a good campaigner. Some says such decision will bolster Obama’s “limited background” if not “lack of experience” on foreign relations policy as well as national security.

Considered to be as one of the Congress' most knowledgeable and respected voices on national security, the 65 year old Biden has been a senator for 36 years who was first elected at the age of 29 in 1972 when Obama was just 11 years old.

Freshly arrived from Georgia visit last week – on which he supported its early admission to NATO, he holds the latest key position in the 110th Congress as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with globe-trotting credentials, and also served as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The recent Russo-Georgian conflict has highlighted his strengths and this might be the one of the reasons why Biden is chosen as Obama's VP running mate.

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