Barack Obama has chosen Joe Biden as his running mate. It’s an interesting choice, given that Obama is running a change campaign and Biden has been a Washington fixture for decades. Also because the two ran against each other in the primary, during which Biden famously had to apologize for unfortunate comments about his rival.

The Obama campaign is likely to exploit Biden’s experience, particularly in the area of foreign affairs. The elder senator has already been an effective advocate for the Democratic nominee, and his plain-spoken (if gaffe-prone) style will surely be useful against John McCain.

Update: Obama’s campaign confirmed his pick early Saturday morning with an image of Biden and Obama on the campaign Web site’s splash page and a request for support and donations.


AP via Google:

Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware is Barack Obama’s pick as vice presidential running mate, The Associated Press has learned.

Biden, 65, is a veteran of more than three decades in the Senate, and one of his party’s leading experts on foreign policy, an area in which polls indicate Obama needs help in his race against Republican rival John McCain.

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