"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."