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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-23-08 03:46 AM
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HEADLINE: Obama's VP pick has deep ties to Northeastern PENNSYLVANIA
21 electoral votes....Oh, Senator Obama, you are proving to be a smart cookie!

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With the announcement that hes Illinois Sen. Barack Obamas choice as Democratic vice presidential nominee, Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden is the first northeast Pennsylvania native to become part of a major party presidential ticket.

He was born in Scranton, lived in the citys Green Ridge section, hopped across garage roofs with his buddies, played Little League in the Electric City, moved away with his family to Delaware when he was 10 years old, but has returned frequently since.

Though he has spent the bulk of his 65 years in Delaware, Scranton is close to his heart.

The city of his youth is part of the first paragraph in his book, Promises to Keep, released last summer by Random House.

The first principle of politics, the foundational principle, I learned in the 1950s in my grandpops kitchen when I was about 12 or 13 years old, Biden wrote in the books opening line. My parents had recently moved us to Delaware, but most Friday nights mom and dad would load me, my sister Val, my brother Jimmy and the baby, Frankie, into our car and drive up to Scranton, Pa., to spend the weekend at grandpop Finnegans house.

The books prologue and first chapter outline, in great detail, his upbringing in Scrantons Green Ridge section until the time the Bidens moved to Delaware.

Bidens local roots are deep...

http://www.citizensvoice.com/articles/2008/08/23/news/d...
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-23-08 03:55 AM
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1. Biden should do great with the working class voters
You know those "hard working white" voters that some said only Hillary could capture.

PA Scranton roots, Irish Catholic, kid going to Iraq.

BTW, heard Begala point out that if McCain picks Romney gonna look bad for the Mittser that his 5 sons did their service driving a Winnebago in Iowa for daddie's campaign.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-23-08 03:56 AM
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2. '5 sons did their service driving a Winnebago in Iowa for daddie's campaign.' - Oh YES!
Excellent point, Mr. Begala!
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-23-08 04:12 AM
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5. For the record here's Mittens response on his son's "service"
Edited on Sat Aug-23-08 04:18 AM by RamboLiberal
A woman at an Ask Mitt Anything forum earlier today in Iowa raised the question again, asking whether any of Mr. Romneys five sons are serving in the military, adding pointedly, If none of them are, how do they plan to support this war on terrorism by enlisting in our U.S. military?

But he wound up his response with this: Its remarkable how we can show our support for our nation, and one of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping to get me elected, because they think Id be a great president. My son, Josh, bought the family Winnebago and has visited 99 counties, most of them with his three kids and his wife. And I respect that and respect all of those in the way they serve this great country.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/08/08/questions...
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TTUBatfan2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-23-08 03:57 AM
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3. If somehow we can get Ohio, McNopoly is FUCKED...
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spinbaby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-23-08 03:58 AM
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4. He had PA anyway
We're solidly blue here in spite of the red "T."
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-23-08 04:14 AM
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6. I wouldn't say we're quite that blue
Edited on Sat Aug-23-08 04:31 AM by RamboLiberal
At least over here in Western PA there's quite a number of Democrats who would have a hard time voting for the black guy. Hopefully Biden, Casey and Rendell will help them look past that and to their own self-interest instead of their prejudices. I also hope we see a lot of Hillary campaigning.

Remember this state sent Santorum to the Senate for a couple of terms till some of the idiot voters here finally wised up in '06!

On edit FiveThirtyEight analysis is what I feel in my gut about how Biden will help Obama in PA.

It's a good choice. The media will love Joe Biden. He passes the ready-on-day-one-test. Older voters like him, which means that Pennsylvania probably isn't a swing state anymore, but that Florida might be.

However, Biden's case is probably stronger than I indicated, because he tends to be most popular among voting groups with a lot of undecided voters, which means a lot of persuadables. In particular, Biden's strength with senior citizens could be a real asset. How so? Because seniors are far more likely to be undecided in this election than their younger counterparts.

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/
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