Mark Curtis with the "Inside Scoop" on What GOP is Doing in Denver

(Denver, Colorado)

It may be the Democrats week in Denver with the National Convention going on, but some prominent Republicans are in the Mile High City too! Mark takes us behind the scenes to explain why!

Biden Accepts VP Nomination

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(Denver, Colorado)

I have really enjoyed this week in Denver, covering the Democratic National Convention. I love my job, because it often offers me a front row seat to history. This year has been full of those unforgettable moments.

I was struck watching Sen. Joe Biden and his family last night, and was again amazed by the personal story of one of our politicians. The accident that killed Biden’s first wife and daughter, and severely injured his two sons, is gut wrenching. It happened just days after he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972. Biden nearly decided to not accept his seat in Congress. As his son Beau recalled last night, Biden mused “Delaware can get another Senator. My kids can’t get another father.”

But other Senators prevailed and Biden took the oath of office at his son’s hospital beside. Fast forward 36 years, Biden is remarried and his boys are grown, with kids of their own. Beau is Delaware Attorney General and will soon deploy to Iraq as a member of the National Guard.

As with John McCain’s gut wrenching POW story and Barack Obama’s broken family upbringing, voters are often moved by the deeply personal stories of their candidates. Almost every family has to deal with hardship and tragedy from time to time, and it humbles us. When it happens to our political leaders, it makes them more human to us and can give us a sense of shared empathy. The Senator quoted his mom, who was in the audience last night. After the accident she told him, “Joey, God sends no cross you cannot bear.”

Of course Biden’s rise to national prominence is much more than the journey following personal despair. He now has 36 years in the U.S. Senate and has served as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees. He is an elder statesman of his party; and provides good balance for the young and still “green” Obama.

On the latest international crisis, Biden said, “We will hold Russia accountable for its actions, and we will help the people of Georgia rebuild.” Biden can say that because of his depth of experience. A similar line coming from Obama might not engender nearly the same level of confidence. Thus, Biden is the Vice-presidential nominee. The audience seemed pleased.

“Well I think he did a terrific job,” said Gloria Canegata, a delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands, “I expect to see him as the next Vice-president of the United States.”

And when Barack Obama surprised everyone by joining Biden on stage, supporters were thrilled. “That’s a nice looking ticket, isn’t it?” said Gail Northcutt, a precinct organizer from Detroit. “I’m just so excited about this ticket. I can’t wait to get back home and get to work,” she added.
Biden was quick to note that he and John McCain are close, personal friends and he deeply respects McCain’s military service and bravery. But, Biden noted, they differ widely on many issues of the day, and he tried to link the Republican nominee’s policies to those of President Bush.

“That’s not change,” Biden said of McCain’s issue stances, “That’s more of the same.”

Keep tuning in for more blogs and videos throughout the day, as we gear up for the Obama acceptance speech tonight from Mile High Stadium. Tell your friends about

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