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Biden Tells Home State Delegation He's Not Perfect

(DENVER) Addressing Delaware delegates to the Democratic convention this morning, vice presidential nominee-to-be Joe Biden acknowledged that he hasn't always shined in his political career, the AP reports. But he told his home-state delegates that he couldn't have gotten through his personal and professional failings without their help.

"It's all out there, in the clear public view," Biden said about his past foibles. "I didn't always comport myself in the way that I wanted to. … My private life has been lived in the public arena because y'all got me started so young," he said. I hadn't been out of
law school but a year when I got involved in the Democratic Party."

Biden has displayed a tendency for gaffes that he managed to keep under control through his presidential campaign last year with a couple of glaring exceptions. On the eve of his presidential announcement, he referred to Barack Obama as an "articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." And, he was caught on tape talking to voters and saying, "you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent."