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Sen. Obama And His Fully Vetted Running Mate, Joe Biden



Over the course of two months, as the dynamics of the presidential campaign and world events shifted quickly, Biden's stock rose through one of the most rigorous vice-presidential vetting processes that Democrats could recall. It was a process in which Obama applied intense secrecy, careful pragmatism and political input from a team of internal and external advisers that have guided his campaign from the start.


As the vetting team sorted through Biden's financial statements, political statements and medical records, Obama's top political aides — Axelrod chief among them — reached out to friends in Obama's orbit to get a sense of what sort of politician Biden was.