UPDATED: Reaction To Obama's Choice Of Biden As Running Mate

Here's some initial reaction to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's selection of Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his running mate.

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"Joe Biden is just what the country needs. He's a straight shooter, smart and a hard worker. We've worked together on numerous criminal justice issues and talked in depth about education. He is an expert in foreign affairs. I consider Joe to be a good friend to me, law enforcement and to North Carolina. This campaign just got real interesting and a whole lot more fun."--NC Gov. Mike Easley.
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"In naming my colleague and friend Sen. Joe Biden to be the vice presidential nominee, Sen. Obama has continued in the best traditions for the vice presidency by selecting an exceptionally strong, experienced leader and devoted public servant. Sen. Biden will be a purposeful and dynamic vice president who will help Sen. Obama both win the presidency and govern this great country." - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

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"There has been no harsher critic of Barack Obama's lack of experience than Joe Biden. Biden has denounced Barack Obama's poor foreign policy judgment and has strongly argued in his own words what Americans are quickly realizing - that Barack Obama is not ready to be president." - Ben Porritt, spokesman for the John McCain campaign.

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"Today is a great day for Democrats. We now have the ticket that's going to bring the change we've all been hoping for. I join all of the members of the Senate Democratic caucus in congratulating Joe Biden - a great friend, a great Democrat, and now our party's nominee for vice president. This campaign is going to make history." - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

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"Sen. Biden will be a tremendous partner for Sen. Obama and for Michigan. Our state has been battered by the policies of the Bush administration, so it matters to us that Sen. Biden has a long-standing reputation of bringing real results that matter to Americans. It also matters that his track record on foreign policy will be invaluable to the new administration in helping to secure our nation's place in the world." - Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Lt. Gov. John Cherry of Michigan.

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"In choosing Joe Biden to join him on the ticket, Barack has struck Olympic gold. I competed against Biden in the '84 campaign. He is a bona fide expert on the judiciary and foreign policy. He is always extremely well prepared, is very smart, a top level debater, gutsy, strong and has great personal integrity." - the Rev. Jesse Jackson.


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  • by Alexis Location: N.C. on Aug 26, 2008 at 09:48 AM
    It's time for a history lesson here Lavon. Take the time to go back and see how and why this country was started, then you will see why our founding fathers came up with the constitution we have today.
  • by ME Location: NC on Aug 26, 2008 at 09:46 AM
    Oh do we still have a constitution, I thought the way people try to fill your hear with all kinds of crap to get you to vote their way, that we no longer had a constitution. "Lavon" you don't need to explain your comment to no one....much less to someone called red state lol.
  • by XXX Location: Greenville on Aug 26, 2008 at 09:29 AM
    Lavon, are you refering to the slavery issue by chance? If you are, just remember, black Africans were the ones who put the other black Africans into bondage and slavery in the first place, but you never hear that little piece of history mentioned. If you're not refering to that issue, please explain how you came to such a conclusion that our constitution, our democracy, our freedoms, etc.... are the problems of this country.
  • by Red State Location: Washington Co. on Aug 26, 2008 at 08:37 AM
    <<>> Lavon, I'd love to hear you explain that comment. Really, I'm interested in how you came to the conclusion that the founding fathers were wrong in the design of this country and the constitution.
  • by lavon Location: Kinston on Aug 26, 2008 at 08:24 AM
    Were already in shame over in Iraq, what are you talking about. You can't even give me one good reason why were even there. Don't give me this crap excuse and "Oh it's because were going after terrorist" Thats so lame it's not even funny anymore.Or maybe even better. Tell me why bush is spending billions of dollars a month of our tax money but yet you want to complain about Obama raising taxes??
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 26, 2008 at 07:36 AM
    Red State, Condi would be a good choice, however, her connection with Bush would be, so I told you, McCain and Condi, four more years of Bush. Regardless of her charm and wit and intelligence, this is how it would be regarded. Powell being intelligent, probably would not run since he once said he didn't want to put his family through that. Knowing the libs would attach him any way they could to discredit him. I do think Colin would have us out of Iraq with dignity. Obama would have us leave in shame.
  • by Lavon Location: Kinston on Aug 26, 2008 at 06:58 AM
    Your founding fathers would be dissapointed? Your founding fathers is whats wrong with america now
  • by You're kidding Location: Washington on Aug 26, 2008 at 06:25 AM
    HA HA HA This is crazy!
  • by Red State Location: Washington Co. on Aug 26, 2008 at 06:08 AM
    I can't see why McCain would pick Powell. He's strong on foreign policy, but McCain doesn't need that and he has been pretty outspoken about how much he regrets his role in the leadup to the war. I'd personally love for him to pick Condi Rice. She's as ready as anyone to be President, but brings a lot of Bush baggage. Choosing her takes race and gender off the table. The pick of Biden by Obama takes the argument of age and Washington "insider vs. outsider" off the table. That is why I don't think Biden was a great pick for Obama. He can't use McCain's negatives against him because his ticket now holds the same thing. Strange pick given his choices. For McCain, I think Huckabee has a lot of executive experience but he's too divisive. Romney adds economic strengths that McCain really needs and he is very professional, quick witted, strong debater, I dare say Presidential. Gov. Pawlenty is okay, safe but boring. Or he could always go with a total outsider like Meg Whitman. ???
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 26, 2008 at 05:28 AM
    The thing that gets me about the convention is people will vote Obama no mater what, regardless of any issues he believes in. People, political agenda is important. Young kids didn't know how he felt on any issues but they are going to vote for him because he is cool? You vote for a canidate for his moral principals, belief, goals and political insight. Our founding fathers would be dissappointed in this. Be responsible.
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