Washington, Aug 23: US Presidential nominee and Democrat Barack Obama has picked Joe Biden as his Vice Presidential mate, says several close sources in the Democratic Party.
Biden, 65, is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a highly respected voice on international affairs. The longtime Democratic senator was long considered a likely choice for vice president, but the buzz surrounding him intensified after he returned earlier this week from a two-day trip to the Republic of Georgia after Russian troops invaded. The 65-year-old was first elected to the Senate in 1972. Shortly afterwards, his first wife and daughter were killed in a car accident. He considered resigning, but decided to continue with his political career. Biden is currently serving out his sixth term, making him Delaware's longest-serving senator.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and got a law degree from Syracuse. Biden will make his first big speech as the VP candidate on Wednesday, August 27- the third night of the Democratic convention.