Tales from the Trail

Be careful when talking age with old Joe about young Barack

August 28, 2008

biden3.jpg DENVER — Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, 65, admits he’s getting a little touchy about the fact that he’s so much older than running mate Barack Obama , 47.

“If I hear one more time he was 11 years old when I went to the Senate, I’m going to smack somebody,” Biden joked, drawing laughter and applause at a breakfast meeting with convention delegates from Biden’s native state of Pennsylvania.

A smiling Biden, first elected to the Senate 35 years ago, noted there are just four senators in the 100-member chamber with more senority than him.

“But there are still 44 older than me,” Biden said, prompting more laughter.

On a serious note, Biden said he and Obama must capture Pennsylvania on Election Day to take the White House in their battle against Republican John McCain.

“We cannot win without winning Pennsylvania and it is that simple,” said Biden, who was born and raised in Scranton, Penn., and later moved to Delaware where he was elected to the Senate in 1972.

Promising to spend plenty of time campaigning in the state, Biden, affectionately known as “Pennsylvania’s third senator” for the work he has done for it in Congress, Biden said to sustained cheers and applause, “I’m coming home.”

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