CNN’s John King is reporting that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) has selected Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) as his running mate. King said the Obama campaign will officially reveal the selection in a text message to over three million people soon. Obama is scheduled to appear with Biden at a rally this afternoon in Springfield, IL.
Biden, who ran as a presidential candidate in 1987 and 2007, has served in the Senate since 1972 and is currently the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Last week, New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks urged the selection of Biden, writing that he “provides what Obama needs.” Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter wrote, “The main task now for Obama is reassurance that he could handle the job, especially commander in chief. Biden provides it.”
John McCain remains wedded to the Bush Administration’s myopic view of a world defined by terrorism. … He would continue to allow a tiny minority to set the agenda for the overwhelming majority. It is time for a total change in Washington’s world view.
In an interview with ThinkProgress in May, Biden criticized McCain’s “overwhelming lack of sophistication when it comes to foreign policy.”
Biden has called the Bush administration “the worst administration in American foreign policy in modern history, maybe ever. … Every single thing they’ve touched has been a near disaster.” And in an interview last year, he suggested that “we should be acquiring and accumulating” information “for possibly bringing criminal charges against members of this administration at a later date.”
UPDATE: The AP is also reporting it.
UPDATE II: CNN’s King attributed his confirmation to two Democratic officials “who told us things they’re not supposed to tell us tonight”:
UPDATE III: The New York Times notes that Biden was the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee “during two of the most contentious Supreme Court nomination battles of the past 50 years: the confirmation proceedings for Robert H. Bork, who was defeated, and Clarence Thomas, who was confirmed after an explosive hearing in which Anita Hill accused Mr. Thomas of sexual harassment.”
UPDATE IV: Biden’s son — Capt. Beau Biden — is preparing for deployment to Iraq next year. “I don’t want him going,” Biden said. “But I tell you what, I don’t want my grandson or my granddaughters going back in 15 years and so how we leave makes a big difference.”
UPDATE V: In an Oct. 2007 Democratic presidential debate, Biden famously quipped there’s only three things Rudy Giuliani mentions in a sentence — “a noun, a verb, and 9/11.” Watch it:
UPDATE VI: The Drum Major Institute takes a look at Biden’s record voting on issues “that matter to the pocketbooks of middle-class Americans.”