Obama & Biden to appear at rally
ILLINOIS - Barack Obama and Senator Joe Biden, Obama's running mate, are appearing together before a rally in Springfield, Illinois.
A crowd of well-wishers waved to Biden and applauded as he left his home near Wilmington, Delaware, for a flight to Illinois just before noon Eastern time.
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Democrats, meanwhile, are coalescing around Obama's selection of Biden as his vice-presidential pick.
New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton calls Biden "an exceptionally strong, experienced leader and devoted public servant."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Obama-Biden ticket will bring the change the country needs, including a filibuster-proof Senate majority.
One of the people to congratulate Joe Biden was Senate colleague and friend John McCain, although McCain's campaign is wasting no time seizing on Biden's past criticism of Barack Obama as being inexperienced.
The Obama-Biden rally is set to take place at the old state Capitol in Springfield where the Illinois senator kicked off his presidential campaign nearly 20 months ago. They will be be joined by Obama's wife, Michelle; Biden's wife, Jill; and the Bidens' three adult children.
The 65-year-old Biden is a veteran of more than three decades in the Senate, and one of his party's leading experts on foreign policy, an area in which polls indicate Obama needs help in his race against Republican rival John McCain.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)
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