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Reactions to Obama's Vice Presidential Pick

By: Bianca Spinosa Email
By: Bianca Spinosa Email

August 24, 2008

The Democratic National Convention kicks off Monday in Denver --just a couple days after the party's presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama announced his choice to fill out the ticket.

Since Obama chose Delaware Senator Joe Biden, prominent Democratic leaders have been praising Biden's foreign policy credentials and his experience in the Senate.

But McCain's camp is trying to attract Clinton supporters, by saying she's been snubbed by Obama.

Sen. Barack Obama said of his running mate, "He's like us. He's middle class."

People around the country reacted to Obama's vice presidential pick today.

McCain uses Hillary Clinton's own words against the Democrats in this attack ad: "She won million of votes but isn't on his ticket."

But Clinton is expected to defend her support for Obama when she takes the stage at the DNC on Tuesday.

Meanwhile Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius defended Obama's commitment to women's issues on Face the Nation. She was also in the running for Vice-President..

Women across this country are going to be introduced to the second real champion for women on the democratic ticket," said Sebelius. "Barack has an incredibly strong record and an incredibly compelling life story. He was raised by a single mom...there's no way he is going to forget about women's issues."

Others say the DNC is a chance for Obama to rise to the call of history

Jesse Jackson Jr., U.S. Congressman in Illinois, "Barack Obama must not rise to the call at this convention of the critics, and he must not rise to reactions from McCain from outside of this convention."

McCain told Katie Couric that he and Joe Biden are good friends, though they disagree on foreign policy.

Obama's Republican rival John McCain said, "I've always respected Joe Biden but I've disagreed with him from the time he voted against the first Gulf War."

And there's no word yet as to who McCain's running mate will be.

"I learned a couple months ago to just say that we're in the process," remarked McCain.

McCain may not have made up his mind yet, but he still has time until the Republican National Convention starting September 1st.

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