Barack Obama and his newly named VP Joe Biden attended their first campaign event together on Saturday afternoon in Illinois. They both spoke and here are the full kickoff speeches delivered by each.
Starting with Obama who introduces Biden, here is the entire video:
Story from Yahoo News:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Barack Obama introduced Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware on Saturday as “a leader ready to step in and be president,” and the newly named running mate quickly converted his debut on the Democratic ticket into a slashing attack on Republican John McCain.
The GOP presidential contender will have to “figure out which of the seven kitchen tables to sit at” when considering his own economic future, said Biden, jabbing at the man he nevertheless called his personal friend.
It was a reference to McCain’s recent inartful admission â€” in a time of economic uncertainty â€” that he was not sure how many homes he owns.
Before a vast crowd spilling out from the front of the Old State Capitol, Obama said Biden was “what many others pretend to be â€” a statesman with sound judgment who doesn’t have to hide behind bluster to keep America strong.”
Democrats coalesced quickly around the 47-year-old Obama’s selection of a seasoned veteran of three decades in the Senate â€” a choice meant to provide foreign policy heft to the party’s ticket for the fall campaign against McCain and the Republicans.
Polls show Obama rates relatively poorly against McCain on foreign policy issues, and Biden is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with extensive experience in that area.
McCain called Biden a “wise selection.” But McCain indicated that he believed there was still plenty to criticize the Obama-Biden ticket on foreign policy.
The two will now be making their separate ways to the Democratic Convention in Denver.