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August 23, 2008 3:31 PM

Son of working-class Catholics, Biden may bolster Obama's weak spots

With his long record, Joe Biden may help assure some voters nervous about Obama. One of the poorest members of the Senate, Biden could help reach out to working class voters. A Roman Catholic, he could speak to that swing voting bloc in key states. Biden's selection also might make Obama look careful and deliberate at the very time Republicans want to cast him as a dangerous, radical neophyte.

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