Official: Obama chooses Sen. Joe Biden as VP (Update)

After all the nonsense coming out in the past two days about who might be Barack Obama’s pick for the vice presidency, some official word now from ABC News that the United States Secret Service has been dispatched to begin a protection detail on Senator Joe Biden of Delaware.

Story from Political Punch:

The United States Secret Service has dispatched a protective detail to assume the immediate protection of Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., a source tells ABC News, indicating in all likelihood that Biden has been officially notified that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has selected him to be his running mate.

Sources also tell ABC News that two others said to be finalists for the position of Obama’s running mate — Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and Virginia Gov Tim Kaine — have been told they have not been selected to be Obama’s running mate.

Kaine flew to Denver earlier today, is in Denver tonight and has no plans to leave in the next 24 hours. Bayh is at his Washington, DC, home with his family.

Biden was last seen minutes ago at his Wilmington estate where his extended brood is gathering.

The Obama campaign would not comment, but Obama mentioned Biden twice in speeches on the trail this week, both times heralding his legislative leadersip in East Asia.

This is the first concrete information I’ve heard concerning the choice. We will learn officially Saturday morning, perhaps around 10am eastern time via text message.

Will update Saturday morning when the official word comes out… developing…


It’s official as of Saturday morning, Obama has chosen Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his vice presidential pick. The official story from Breitbart:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Barack Obama named Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his vice presidential running mate early Saturday, balancing his ticket with a seasoned congressional veteran well-versed in foreign policy and defense issues.

Obama announced the pick on his Web site with a photo of the two men and an appeal for donations. A text message went out shortly afterward that said, “Barack has chosen Senator Joe Biden to be our VP nominee.”

Biden, 65, has twice sought the White House, and is a Catholic with blue-collar roots, a generally liberal voting record and a reputation as a long-winded orator.

Across more than 30 years in the Senate, he has served at various times not only as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee but also as head of the Judiciary Committee, with its jurisdiction over anti-crime legislation, Supreme Court nominees and Constitutional issues.

In selecting Biden, Obama passed over several other potential running mates, none more prominent than former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, his tenacious rival in dozens of primaries and caucuses.

Obama’s campaign arranged a debut for the newly minted ticket on Saturday outside the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

Obama’s decision leaked to the media several hours before his aides planned to send a text message announcing the running mate, negating a promise that people who turned over their phone numbers would be the first to know who Obama had chosen. The campaign scrambled to send the text message after the leak, sending phones buzzing at the inconvenient time of just after 3 a.m. on the East coast.

A video report from the Associated Press:

For Obama this brings much needed credibility in the area of foreign policy and someone who is seen as an elder statesman. Biden is not the most exciting pick but he probably is a safe one. Had Obama gone with a woman besides Hillary, it would have been a slap to her. Even so, I’m betting a good portion of Hillary supporters are not very pleased with this development as I heard all week from many of them that she would be the best choice.

The McCain campaign wasted no time in congratulating Biden and then immediately releasing the first web ad using Biden’s own words against Obama:

I remember posting months ago, probably last year about how the statements by Democrats would be eventually be used against Obama and that time has come.