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Obama Chooses Sen. Joe Biden as VP Candidate

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Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. with Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, FILE)

It's official(ish). Delaware Senator Joe Biden is Senator Barack Obama's vice presidential pick, according to a CNN text message alert.

The Obama campaign said nothing is official until a text message is sent out per their plan, but after the Associated Press found out that Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana both said they had been ruled out, Biden became the "likely choice." CNN then quickly confirmed Biden as the winner of the veepstakes. He will make a speech on Wednesday, during the third night of the Democratic National Convention.

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Update: LAist Contributor Jeremy Oberstein writes why Biden is the smartest pick for 5 reasons.