Biden kicks off final sprint at alma mater

October 31, 2008

NEWARK, Del., Oct 31 (Reuters) – Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden chose his alma mater, the University of Delaware, to kick off his final sprint before election day.

To shouts of “Joe, Joe, Joe,” the Delaware senator gave his stump speech in front of the imposing white columns of the university’s Memorial Hall, where he was standing when he heard the tragic news in 1963 of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

“I remember going to the parking lot where one of the day students had a car, and we listened to the tragic news,” he said.

If his running mate Barack Obama wins on Tuesday, he will be the country’s first black president and Biden will be the first vice president to come from Delaware, where he has served as U.S. senator since 1972 when he won the seat at the age of 29.

“I come today with greater confidence and passion about the ability of this country,” he said, recalling his campaign speeches in 1972 at the university. “I believe we are literally on the cusp of new leadership in the 21st century. I believe that with every fiber of my being.”

Biden’s wife Jill is also a graduate of the university and recalled the day when she was awarded her doctorate and her senator husband put up a sign in their driveway welcoming home “Dr. and Senator Biden.”

He then brought up a campaign slogan of Republican opponent Sarah Palin whose supporters shout “Drill, baby drill” at many of her rallies.

“When she (Jill Biden), campaigns ’round the country, you know what they yell when she gets up: ‘Jill baby Jill’. Well Jill baby, I love you kid,” Biden quipped.

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- Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Biden at a rally earlier this week in Florida)

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I absolutely love Joe Biden.

Posted by JN | Report as abusive

Cute last line, Senator Biden. I hope that if my wife and I make to your age, we’ll still have that same affection for each other that you two still have. …But I hope I won’t sound as corny as you do! LOL!

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