Readers, you are going to have to bear with me, but I am going to be updating the blog a lot this weekend. It has been a very busy week for me to say the least.
As most of us knew last night before Obama’s text message even went out, Senator Joe Biden of Delaware was selected as his VP running mate. What many probably don’t know, unless they are big political junkies, is that Biden’s campaign manager when he was in the race for president was a Latino named Luis Navarro.
Biden also voted for The DREAM Act, which would have given undocumented youth a chance to gain legal status. He also has voted in favor of comprehensive immigration reform and does not support making English the official language of the United States, appropriately citing that the New Mexico state constitution requires that many documents be provided in both Spanish and English and that the states should determine which languages will be used to inform their constituents.
As for the border fence, Biden voted in favor of it, but he received a low rating from the U.S. Border Control, an anti-immigration lobby. Biden’s score from the U.S. Border Control indicates that he has an open-border stance according to their scale. However, recently Biden has voted against amendments to increase border security funding, leading me to believe that he does not want to militarize the border and may want to utilize various technologies to help control the flow of people migrating or give the states more input in determining how the “fence” will operate.
Biden also has made some insensitive comments about various minorities, so I’m sure that the media will be looking for the next inappropriate comment. When Biden entered the race, he described Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” In New Hampshire, he also said, “you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.” I am hopeful that Biden will not make any more of these remarks. We all have our own preconceived notions and prejudices, but now, he’s working with the clean, nice-looking guy. And he has worked with Latinos in his campaign before, so I’m hoping that he will have a more successful working relationship with Patti Solis Doyle than did Senator Clinton.
One more thing, Biden is a Catholic, so this may resonate with Catholic Latinos, and this should help Obama with working class Catholics on the East Coast.
McCain is expected to name his VP running mate soon, so it will be interesting to see how Biden faces off with whomever is chosen on the Republican side.
Photo Credit: from Senator Biden’s website