Presidential candidate and former dog-eater Barack Obama announced Delaware Senator Joe Biden as his VP running mate this past weekend, a move likely supported by most Democrats as the fella seems pretty popular within the party and is generally a hoot on The Daily Show. Because his name will likely come up at watercoolers after the more interesting conversations such as the weather and the unfortunate demise of the Audrina-Lo friendship subside, here are some details about J-Bizzle (courtesy of Wikipedia) that you can throw out in an attempt to sound at least slightly well-read.
>> Biden is a long-time member and current chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He generally supports troop surges and had previously argued for increased military action in Iraq. Drafted the “Biden-Brownback Resolution” in 2007 for planned troop deployment in Iraq.
>> He once said about Rudy Giuliani, “There’s only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, and a verb and 9/11.” Burn.
>> Voted for heavier punishments for hate crimes, and drafted the Violence Against Women Act.
>> Supports abstinence education, claims the No Child Left Behind Act is underfunding schools, has claimed his top priority is the energy crisis.
>> The NRA gave Biden an “F” rating.
>> 100% approval rating from unions, 32% approval rating from US Chamber of Commerce.
>> Supports Roe v. Wade, supports the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, opposes federal funding of abortions.
>> “Biden favors an American deployment of troops to Sudan. In support of this, Biden said senior U.S. military officials in Europe told him that 2,500 U.S. troops could “radically change the situation on the ground now.”” Sweet.
>> “Biden is opposed to American financing of abstinence only programs to combat HIV-AIDS in Africa. In 2007, he cosponsored the HIV Prevention Act which would end President Bush’s mandate that one third of all funds be earmarked to abstinence only programs.” Also sweet.
B’s take: though he’s prone to make gaffes of the politically incorrect quotes variety, he’s got a solid track record from most organizations and has shown the ability to cross party lines to get things done. Consider him the Democratic version of John McCain. I’m a fan.