In the United States, the Democratic party have revealed their dream-team to make the final assault on the summit of American power. Leading the expedition to conquer the White House, Barack Obama has named the veteran senator Joseph Biden as the vice-presidential candidate. The identity of Obama’s running-mate had been kept secret, hoping to squeeze maximum political impact from a grand unveiling at Springfield in Illinois.
Their Republican opponents pounced on the news, claiming the choice of a senior and widely respected foreign policy expert shows Barack Obama is not ready to be president.
His lack of experience on the world stage has been a subject of scorn for his critics. But he is hoping those gaps will be filled by Biden – a man who was first elected to the senate when Obama was just 11 years old.
The Democratic convention opens in Denver on Monday, and on Thursday Obama will be the first black American formally to accept the party’s nomination as presidential candidate.