August 27th, 2008
01:49 PM ET
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Biden set for spotlight

Biden will hit McCain hard during his speech Wednesday night.

Biden will hit McCain hard during his speech Wednesday night.

(CNN) – Newly named VP candidate Joe Biden will heavily focus on his personal biography and Senate experience during his speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, the first opportunity most Americans will have to hear from the six-term senator.

In his highly anticipated prime-time address, the Delaware Democrat will also hit longtime Senate colleague John McCain hard on a wide range of issues and say the Arizona senator represents four more years of Bush administration policies, a Democratic source involved in crafting Biden's speech tells CNN's Dana Bash.

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Specifically, the source says, Biden will discuss his humble upbringing in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and the lessons he learned growing up in a working-class family.

Biden, first elected to the Senate in 1972, will also heavily focus on increasing economic hardships for middle- and working-class families, and say that many of those families are worse off than they were eight years ago.

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Biden is also expected to offer a personal perspective on Sen. Barack Obama, whom he first came to know when Obama gained a seat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Biden now serves as chairman of that committee.

Biden, whose foreign policy credentials are widely believed to have landed him on the Democratic presidential ticket, is also expected to outline why he believes McCain and Bush’s foreign policy worldview has ignored the most dangerous threats facing the United States.

soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Matt, Manchester, CT

    A real shame that Bobby Jindal won't be McCain's running mate, then Biden could have pulled out his wonderfully tactful comment about needing an indian accent to walk into a 7-Eleven.

    Can't wait to see the Senator from Delaware implode on the campaign trail.

    August 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Ed-Word

    Travis sounds very bitter... Yes, poor people have been voting for Democrats for years and they makes steps forward under Democratic leadership but that is all ruined when fiscally irresponsible and self serving administrations like the Bush's take a surplus a drive it directly into the ground. This election is about change but it takes people to believe for it to happen, take the chip off your shoulder and let's move forward. Be involved in that change so we can see it through.

    August 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. kathy in ohio

    well do you think he should get up there and now say obama is ready to be president ,everyone is down on hillary because she did not include in her speach last night. the fact is he is not ready and will never be ready all he can do is give a speach he should be a preacher instead of running for president.

    August 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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