Biden Tears Up In Front of Home State Delegates

From CBS News' Ryan Corsaro:

Barack Obama's choice for vice president got a little choked up with emotion as he addressed his home state delegation at the Democratic National Convention today.

"This is a great honor being nominated vice president of the United States and it is an honor," Joe Biden said to a crowded room of Delaware delegates gathered in a Denver Four Seasons ballroom. "And I am proud of it, I don't mean in anyway to diminish it but it pales in comparison to honor that I have had representing you."

It was at that point that Biden stepped back and held his breath, looking down at the podium and shuffling papers, seeming momentarily at a loss for words.

"I apologize for getting a little emotional, but I tell you what. I look at every stage of my life, you know, my private life has been lived under -- not because anybody, everybody has been good to me but my private life -- has been lived in a public arena because you got be started so young."

Biden, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972 at the age of 29, has been known as a politician who tends to veer off message and speak bluntly in front of the press, and he showed that side of his personality today.

"The thing I have got to say to you all is its a corny sounding thing and the national press is here now and I suspect, I don't care what they think."

As the crowd laughed and applauded, Biden told them "Stop, stop. I don't know what (the press) are going to think. I wish we could have done this in private because, um, because you know, I don't know if I would have made it through a lot of tough times in my life without you guys."

It's not the first emotional side of a politician we have seen during this campaign season. Hillary Clinton became teary-eyed and her voice began to crack just before New Hampshire's primary in January when speaking to a roundtable of women.

Biden made reference to the supporters and friends in the audience who had known him in times of great tragedy in his life. One of those significant times was just before he was sworn into the Senate in 1972, when his wife and daughter were killed by a drunken driver while driving the family Christmas tree home in their car. His two sons, Beau and Hunter, were injured in the accident as well. Biden was sworn in at their hospital bedside.