5 Things Revealed by Biden Pick

Obama ready for a tough campaign, aware of own policy weaknesses
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2008 8:26 PM CDT
Barack Obama walks with vice presidential candidate Joe Biden at a rally in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Presidential running mates rarely decide an election, but a candidate's VP choice can reveal his plans, Politico reports. Here's what Joe Biden shows about Barack Obama:

  1. Obama is ready for battle: “Biden is a brawler—and the Obama camp is eager to unleash him.”
  2. Surprise! Obama is more traditional than his image: “Two male career politicians from the Senate is hardly transformational.”

  1. Obama needs Biden’s foreign-policy experience.
  2. Obama worries about blue collar votes more than Southern states: Polls indicate that working class whites still distrust him, so he’s playing up Biden’s salt-of-the-earth roots.
  3. Obama would rather win than hold a grudge: During the primaries, Biden was an outspoken critic of Obama’s inexperience.