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Biden emerges as pitbull - tears into McCain

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Jake Turcotte

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Wonder where Joe Biden went? Like a marathon runner, he was just pacing himself. While all the attention was on new GOP superstar Sarah Palin, Joe Biden became the invisible man.

While extra reporters who wanted to cover Palin had to fly commercial because her plane was overloaded, Biden-duty was like being on the night shift at the morgue. Only a skeleton crew of reporters accompanied the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

No gaffes today (so far)

Could this change? Perhaps. Biden re-inserted himself into the presidential campaign today. And unlike last week where he made news by unwittingly asking a wheelchair-bound supporter to "stand up," today he made news by following the new Obama playbook: stay away from Palin, focus on McCain, and accuse the other team of dirty tricks.

"My dad used to have an expression: "Don't tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value," Biden said. "By that measure, John McCain doesn't stand with the middle class. He stands with George Bush firmly in the corner of the wealthy and well-connected. He stands with the CEO of Exxon-Mobil, who, while testifying before my Senate judiciary committee swore to me under oath that Exxon-Mobil didn't need the tax breaks they'd been given to explore for oil."

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