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Biden's Web Video Debut as No. 2

By Ed O'Keefe
Sen. Joe Biden makes his Obama campaign video debut today in a message directed at the ticket's volunteers and donors. It arrived in the inboxes of supporters in the form of a fundraising e-mail. The campaign calls the video "short," but at just over three minutes, it's longer than many Web hits. Some highlights follow.

On his life and career:

"I come from a big Catholic family with a strong tradition of service. I'm a member of the United States Senate where I've been chairman of the foreign relations committee, and I've worked on every aspect of U.S. foreign policy. I've also worked very hard on the criminal justice system issues, mostly proudly, I wrote the Violence Against Women Act.

On his verbosity:

"I know I'm known for speaking my mind, hopefully clearly and strongly, but I do it on behalf of the middle class, and I plan to continue that approach in the months ahead."

On Barack Obama:

"One of the many things that impresses me about Barack is how strong and clear his voice is, both as a senator and as a presidential candidate. Along with you, he's breathed new life into our political process."

On his upcoming plans:

"My plan quite frankly is to roll up my sleeves and do exactly what you've been doing: make the phone calls, knock on the doors, talk to new voters and new supporters face to face."

Biden aired four television commercials over the course of his own presidential campaign, according to the washingtonpost.com Political Ads database. Some of his campaign's Web-only video efforts also earned praise for their straight-forward approach, similar to the senator's blunt speaking style.

By Paul Volpe  |  August 24, 2008; 4:02 PM ET
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He has been doing such a great job for the last.... in the Senate! Come on Boprama, get your game on at http://www.bop-o-rama.com. There is a rap/bop song in all of this.

Posted by: acarponzo | August 24, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Scott's glass house:

He doesn't know how not to double-post. Still learning how to use the intertubes? Perhaps you can take a n00bie class on computers along with your candidate. BTW--did you know your candidate WAS A POW?!? No wonder he has no idea how many houses he has! No wonder he dumped the wife who waited for him while he was in Viet Nam for a rich mistress! No wonder he thinks making $4 million a year is middle class! In fact, did you know that under his tax plan, his relative tax burden for he and others of his income (you know, the ordinary folks who make over $5 million a year) will decrease, while everyone else will stay flat or maybe even increase? No? You didn't know that? Gee, I wonder why.

Posted by: elroy1 | August 24, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Welcome aboard Biden. I look forward to your work. By all means, please help us lead this nation, beginning the near future, away from our current course.

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Obama2008 | August 24, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Todays WPost
Biden's Son, Brother Named in Two Suits


By Kimberly Kindy and Joe Stephens
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, August 24, 2008; Page A09

A son and a brother of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) are accused in two lawsuits of defrauding a former business partner and an investor of millions of dollars in a hedge fund deal that went sour, court records show.

The Democratic vice presidential candidate's son Hunter, 38, and brother James, 59, assert instead that their former partner defrauded them by misrepresenting his experience in the hedge fund industry and recommending that they hire a lawyer with felony convictions.

The legal actions have been playing out in New York State Supreme Court since 2007, and they focus on Hunter and James Biden's involvement in Paradigm Companies LLC, a hedge fund group. Hunter Biden, a Washington lobbyist, briefly served as president of the firm.

A lawsuit filed by their former partner Anthony Lotito Jr. asserts in court papers that the deal was crafted to get Hunter Biden out of lobbying because his father was concerned about the impact it would have on his bid for the White House. Biden was running for the Democratic nomination at the time the suit was filed.

Hunter Biden was made president with an annual salary of $1.2 million, despite his inexperience in the hedge fund industry, the lawsuit said. Before that, he had been part of the Washington law firm Oldaker, Biden & Belair, which earned $1.76 million in lobbying revenue in the first half of 2006, according to Congressional Quarterly's CQ MoneyLine. One of its biggest clients is the National Association of Shareholder and Consumer Attorneys, a District-based group representing law firms specializing in investment and corporate law.


Hunter Biden is one of many children and relatives of prominent members of Congress who have made their careers as lobbyists. He returned to lobbying after less than a year with Paradigm.

Lotito's lawsuit alleges that James Biden called him in January 2006 to arrange a job for Hunter Biden. It says James Biden told him that his brother (Sen. Biden) "was concerned with the impact that Hunter's lobbying activities might have on his expected campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination," and, "Biden told Lotito that, in light of these concerns, his brother had asked him to seek Lotito's assistance in finding employment for Hunter in a non-lobbying capacity."

Lotito does not provide any direct evidence of the senator's involvement and offers no witnesses to the assertion.

The campaign of Sens. Barack Obama and Biden declined to comment on the case, referring questions to Nicholas Gravante Jr., a lawyer representing Hunter and James Biden. Gravante said assertions that Joseph Biden told his brother he was concerned about his son's lobbying are "absolutely false."
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Great Choice...12/07 "Iran poses no nuclear threat to the United States"
J. Biden

Biden's 7 Glass Houses

1. Iran no nuclear threat
2. African Americans ruining DC Schools comment in Iowa
3. Indian 7 eleven cashier insult
4. Plagiarism in 88 campaign
5. Almost thrown out of Law School
6. Claimed to be top of his class and to have a masters degree
7. Declared he would be proud to serve with or against John McCain

Posted by: Scott | August 24, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Todays WPost
Biden's Son, Brother Named in Two Suits

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By Kimberly Kindy and Joe Stephens
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, August 24, 2008; Page A09

A son and a brother of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) are accused in two lawsuits of defrauding a former business partner and an investor of millions of dollars in a hedge fund deal that went sour, court records show.

The Democratic vice presidential candidate's son Hunter, 38, and brother James, 59, assert instead that their former partner defrauded them by misrepresenting his experience in the hedge fund industry and recommending that they hire a lawyer with felony convictions.

The legal actions have been playing out in New York State Supreme Court since 2007, and they focus on Hunter and James Biden's involvement in Paradigm Companies LLC, a hedge fund group. Hunter Biden, a Washington lobbyist, briefly served as president of the firm.

A lawsuit filed by their former partner Anthony Lotito Jr. asserts in court papers that the deal was crafted to get Hunter Biden out of lobbying because his father was concerned about the impact it would have on his bid for the White House. Biden was running for the Democratic nomination at the time the suit was filed.

Hunter Biden was made president with an annual salary of $1.2 million, despite his inexperience in the hedge fund industry, the lawsuit said. Before that, he had been part of the Washington law firm Oldaker, Biden & Belair, which earned $1.76 million in lobbying revenue in the first half of 2006, according to Congressional Quarterly's CQ MoneyLine. One of its biggest clients is the National Association of Shareholder and Consumer Attorneys, a District-based group representing law firms specializing in investment and corporate law.


Hunter Biden is one of many children and relatives of prominent members of Congress who have made their careers as lobbyists. He returned to lobbying after less than a year with Paradigm.

Lotito's lawsuit alleges that James Biden called him in January 2006 to arrange a job for Hunter Biden. It says James Biden told him that his brother (Sen. Biden) "was concerned with the impact that Hunter's lobbying activities might have on his expected campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination," and, "Biden told Lotito that, in light of these concerns, his brother had asked him to seek Lotito's assistance in finding employment for Hunter in a non-lobbying capacity."

Lotito does not provide any direct evidence of the senator's involvement and offers no witnesses to the assertion.

The campaign of Sens. Barack Obama and Biden declined to comment on the case, referring questions to Nicholas Gravante Jr., a lawyer representing Hunter and James Biden. Gravante said assertions that Joseph Biden told his brother he was concerned about his son's lobbying are "absolutely false."
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Great Choice...12/07 "Iran poses no nuclear threat to the United States"
J. Biden

Biden's 7 Glass Houses

1. Iran no nuclear threat
2. African Americans ruining DC Schools comment in Iowa
3. Indian 7 eleven cashier insult
4. Plagiarism in 88 campaign
5. Almost thrown out of Law School
6. Claimed to be top of his class and to have a masters degree
7. Declared he would be proud to serve with or against John McCain

Posted by: Scott | August 24, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I just got this in my in-box and was really excited! I could tell he "gets it" and I am really glad he could feel our warm welcome, if only through our e-mails and our cheers in Springfield at the rally. I'm so glad you reported on it here as well.

As for the length of the video, which you mention, it seemed just right -- and about the same as the others I've received from time to time, such as briefings to the volunteers from Barack and recently, David Plouffe. I hope nobody's holding a stopwatch on these guys, because unlike TV, the airtime is not strictly limited by the second. I'd rather have them relax and tell me what they want to say, which is exactly how this came across. Welcome, Joe.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | August 24, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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