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August 26, 2008 | DEBORAH LEAVY
THERE were things I didn't like about Sen. Joe Biden when I worked with him and his staff on the Senate Judiciary Committee when Biden was the chairman. I thought he compromised too easily and was too deferential to the committee's Republicans. But the qualities I didn't much appreciate then may be just what is necessary now if Barack Obama is to reach out and win over the voters he needs to prevail in this election. The choice of Biden for the second slot on the Democratic ticket has been greeted with much praise, including from several GOP senators.
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September 21, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Sen. Joseph Biden, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, misrepresented his university record in a videotaped campaign appearance, Newsweek said in an article published yesterday. The magazine cited a videotape (shown on April 12 on the C-SPAN cable network) of an informal session in New Hampshire in which the Delaware senator talks about his performance at Syracuse Law School. Newsweek said the videotape shows Biden telling the group he attended law school on a full academic scholarship and graduated in the top half of his class.
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September 18, 1987 | By REGINALD STUART, Daily News Staff Writer
Calling the actions "dumb mistakes," presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., yesterday admitted past use of material written by others without crediting them for it. Colleagues and other political observers said they did not think the admissions damaged Biden's credibility and expressed confidence in him. At a news conference called to answer press charges, Biden admitted that during his first semester of law school at Syracuse University...
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September 8, 1988 | By Gerald B. Jordan, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. flashed a bright smile as he walked briskly through Union Station to Capitol Hill yesterday for his first day back on the job in seven months. And, as colleagues greeted him warmly, the Delaware senator frankly acknowledged that the early failure of his presidential bid probably saved his life. Biden, 45, had spent the last year fighting plagiarism charges that forced him out of the presidential race, two near-fatal aneurysms in the brain and a blood clot.
NEWS
September 27, 1987 | By Doreen Carvajal, Inquirer Washington Bureau
For those who knew him as good old Joe, he was a man of compassion, a man of few frailties. He didn't smoke and didn't drink - but Joe surely did talk. Some considered it his only vice. So it was that when Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. talked his way out of the 1988 presidential race with a series of damaging gaffes, there was sympathy in his home state of Delaware, where the young Democratic senator's strengths were treasured and his weaknesses tolerated as part of the personality of good old Joe. "He's always been known in Delaware to have expanded his speeches and to speak too long," observed Samuel Shipley, a Biden supporter and chairman of the state Democratic Party.
NEWS
May 15, 1987 | By JOANNE SILLS, Daily News Staff Writer
There were the curious who came to the sweltering room on the University of Pennsylvania campus, and then there were those who looked at it as history: the chance to hear a presidential candidate in the early going, maybe to say years later, "I was there. " Sen. Joseph R. Biden, a third-term Democrat from Delaware who officially enters the Democratic presidential primary on June 9 in Wilmington, last night got attention as a serious candidate. With Gary Hart out of the race, Biden is positioned, along with Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri, Gov. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts and former Gov. Bruce Babbitt of Arizona, as one of the leading candidates for the nomination.
NEWS
May 7, 1988 | By Gerald B. Jordan, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware has been moved out of intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and his condition is satisfactory, a hospital spokesman said yesterday. Biden had surgery Monday to correct an aneurysm on his brain. According to a statement read by hospital spokesman Peter Esker, physicians "are satisfied with the senator's progress and have transferred him out of intensive care and into a regular room. He has been out of bed for brief periods and is on a regular diet.
NEWS
July 25, 1986 | By Jack Germond and Jules Witcover
Ever since Walter Mondale's landslide defeat in 1984, Democrats have been performing autopsies on his campaign. And while no one ailment has been isolated as the cause of that political disaster, many establishment Democrats have fingered Mondale's inability to "handle" the Rev. Jesse Jackson as a major contributor to the presidential nominee's public image of weakness. In the last two years, many Democrats have suggested that the proper course the next time around will be to treat Jackson just as if he were any other influential Democrat - with respect for his strength but without kowtowing or sparing him of criticism when it is warranted.
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September 20, 1987 | By Robert S. Boyd, Inquirer Washington Bureau
There are important differences, as well as similarities, in the recent troubles of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. and former Sen. Gary Hart, two ambitious politicians whose White House dreams have been shadowed by questions about their personal integrity. The most obvious distinction is that Hart's problems with the 'A' word - adultery - quickly knocked him out of the race for the Democratic nomination. Biden's difficulty with the 'P' word - plagiarism - has wounded but not destroyed him. For Hart, it was sudden death; for Biden, slow bleeding - though many political professionals say his candidacy is now odds-on to end in the snows of Iowa and New Hampshire next winter.
NEWS
September 23, 1987
At a time when educational excellence is becoming a national obsession, it would be nice if the next president could back inevitable exhortations to tomorrow's leaders with some proof of excellence in his or her own past. Americans are an easy-going people and don't demand that their presidents rise from the ranks of A students; they just hope that, like the children of mythical Lake Wobegon, they at least be "above average. " Delaware's Sen. Joseph Biden must have understood that yearning when he told an audience in Claremont, N.H., last spring that, after a poor start at law school, he pulled himself together and went on to finish in the top half of his class.
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April 23, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden came to Philadelphia on a PECO power play yesterday, touring the utility's local offices in Center City and making a plea for a major, expensive overhaul of America's energy infrastructure. Little more than a stone's throw from the East Coast's largest oil refinery - which in 2012 was saved, along with about 850 union jobs, by a flood of fracked oil from North Dakota - Biden talked up the potential for even more hiring. "These are middle-class jobs, jobs that used to exist at the turn of the 20th century in the steel industry, in the automobile industry," the vice president told about 150 people at PECO Energy headquarters.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Obama administration announced a broad plan to modernize the nation's energy infrastructure Tuesday in Philadelphia, where an aging system of pipes, wires, rails, and waterways is struggling to adapt to a dramatically shifting energy environment. A delegation headed by Vice President Biden visited the city to unveil the initial installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review, which focuses on how to transform the nation's energy transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure.
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March 27, 2015 | BY DOYLE McMANUS
  JOE BIDEN still wants to run for president. At least, his friends tell me, a big part of him does. He talks about the prospect readily, whenever reporters or voters ask. He doesn't sound as if the ambition that fired him to run when he was 44 or 64 has diminished at 72. "What would drive me to do it would be if I thought that I could do it better than anybody else," he said in December. "I think this thing is wide open on both sides," he said in January. "That's a family, personal decision that I'm going to make sometime at the end of the summer," he told reporters in Iowa last month.
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February 2, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
C'MON YOU GUYS, let's turn those frowns upside down! OK, so maybe Vice President Joe Biden didn't bust out preschool encouragements like that one yesterday while addressing the House Democratic caucus at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel. But he did urge the crowd of congressmen and women to stop lamenting their losses in the November midterm election, and focus instead on telling voters a happy story about a little place called America. Biden said the country was on the brink of entering another Great Depression when he and President Obama took office in 2009: Nearly a million people had lost their jobs, and banks and the automotive industry were about to topple.
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February 2, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Vice President Biden, speaking in Philadelphia on Friday morning, urged fellow Democrats to be proud of the work they did to dig out of the financial crisis, saying they should use the burgeoning recovery as proof that their policies worked - and Republicans' didn't. "The Republican Party is going to try to claim this resurgence," Biden told House Democrats, meeting at the Society Hill Sheraton. "It's a bunch of malarkey. " But, he said, "if we don't speak up and reassert the case we made, it may stick politically.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama and Vice President Biden are expected in Philadelphia next week, where they are scheduled to speak at the House Democrats' policy retreat in Society Hill. The two-day gathering will bring the entire caucus to the city for two days of huddling about their strategy for the next two years. Obama will speak next Thursday and Biden the following day, the White House said. Politico first reported their plans. Local congressmen hope the event will also give them a chance to show off the city as Philadelphia pushes to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
WHERE DOES a vice president choose to toast his granddaughter's 21st birthday? Philly, of course. Veep Joe Biden stopped by Dandelion (124 S. 18th St.) before the new year to celebrate what my spies tell me was his granddaughter's big day. I figure my source was referring to Naomi Biden , who is a student at the University of Pennsylvania. Biden is a regular at the city's restaurants, but his favorite joint is Bella Vista's Saloon (750 S. 7th St.), where he regularly orders the angel-hair pasta with spicy tomato sauce.
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October 18, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vice President Biden toured a dredging barge at Penn's Landing on Thursday to show support for the project to deepen the Delaware River shipping channel. Biden, the latest high-profile politician to visit the region in recent days, was flanked by a phalanx of Pennsylvania Democrats - U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., and U.S. Reps. Robert A. Brady and Chaka Fattah. Before delivering remarks on the ongoing deepening of the Delaware, Biden and the delegation were taken on a tour of the large barge by Brian Puckett, project manager for Great Lakes Dredging & Dock Co. The vessel's main feature, a dredging bucket that can haul as much as two dump trucks, immediately caught Biden's eye. "That's a hell of a bucket," the vice president said after walking a gangplank onto the ship.
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July 11, 2014 | By Casey Fabris, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vice President Biden made a visit Wednesday night to what he calls his "second city. " Biden made his second visit to Philadelphia in less than a week to talk to the several hundred members of the Greek Orthodox Church whom the city has hosted since Sunday. He addressed more than 1,500 Wednesday at the Grand Banquet for the 42d Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The banquet capped the group's conference, held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.
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