Joe Biden is all of the things John McCain used to be before the Republican National Committee cut off his nuts to make him acceptable to the religious right.
Joe speaks for me -- Go Joe!:
Senator Obama introduced Senator Biden of Delaware today as a man "ready to step in and be president," and the newly minted running mate quickly converted his debut on the Democratic ticket into a slashing attack on Republicans seeking four more years in the White House.
Senator McCain will have to "figure out which of the seven kitchen tables to sit at" when considering his own economic future, said Mr. Biden, jabbing at the man he called his personal friend.
It was a reference to Mr. McCain's recent inartful admission -- in a time of economic uncertainty -- that he was not sure how many homes he owns.
Before a vast crowd spilling out from the front of the Old State Capitol, Mr. Obama said Mr. Biden was "what many others pretend to be -- a statesman with sound judgment who doesn't have to hide behind bluster to keep America strong."[...]
"I can tell you Joe Biden gets it," [Obama] said. "He's that unique public servant who is at home in a bar in Cedar Rapids and the corridors of the Capitol, in the VFW hall in Concord, and at the center of an international crisis," he said.
In contrast to the Obamas and the McCains, the Delaware senator isn't a multimillionaire. Mr. Biden and his wife, Jill, have $59,000 to $366,000 in assets and $140,000 to $365,000 in debts, including a $15,000 to $50,000 line of credit Mr. Biden co-signed with his son to cover college expenses, according to a June financial disclosure report, which describes assets and liabilities in ranges.
Mr. Obama recounted the personal tragedy that struck Mr. Biden more than 30 years ago, within days of his election to the Senate, when his first wife and their child were killed in an automobile accident.
He said Mr. Biden raised his surviving children as a single parent, commuting between the Capitol and Delaware daily on the Amtrak train.
"For decades, he has brought change to Washington, but Washington hasn't changed him," Mr. Obama said, attempting to blunt an emerging Republican line of attack that notes Mr. Biden's three decades in the polished corridors of the Capitol.
"He's an expert on foreign policy whose heart and values are rooted firmly in the middle class."
In a jab at McCain that foretold Biden's far sharper criticism, Mr. Obama said his political partner "will give us some real straight talk."
Mr. Biden offered parts praise for Mr. Obama and criticism of Mr. McCain.
"You can't change America and make things better for our senior citizens when you signed on to Bush's scheme of privatizing Social Security," he said.
"You can't change America and end this war in Iraq when you declare -- and again these are John's words -- 'No one has supported President Bush in Iraq more than I have,' end of quote. ladies and gentlemen, you can't change America, you can't change America when you know your first four years as president will look exactly like the last eight years of George Bush's presidency."
McBush and smarmy pals will have a harder time distracting voters from the real issues now -- an economy in danger of slipping from our current recession into a depression -- rising inflation driven by record prices and record profits for the oil companies -- a nation at war for six long years and a Republican foreign policy that foresees a hundred more years of war as necessary and important -- an energy policy forged by Dick Cheney and his pals in the oil industry -- an administration that corrupted the office of the Attorney General of the United States for the gain of the Republican party -- a Republican party dead-set on dragging our nation back into an arms race and cold war.
The best the Republicans could offer us 8 years ago was a governor from Texas who's administrative abilities failed this nation -- giving us Donald Rumsfeld and Alberto Gonzales and a bunch of stooges who are as dishonest as the day is long.
McCain acknowledges that Washington is broken but him offering us four more years of the same is not the answer. John McCain doesn't even know how many houses he owns - as Americans all across the nation are losing their homes thanks to the hands-off, let-it-fail Republican laissez-faire attitude to the housing crisis that threw a few hundred bucks at the problem while their leaders counted their millions but lost count of their homes.
Joe Biden is one of us, and Joe speaks for me.
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