Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is praising Barack Obama's choice of Senator Joseph Biden to be the Illinois Democrat's running mate.
In a statement, Clinton calls Biden "an exceptionally strong, experienced leader and devoted public servant."
Biden, who is 65, has spent more than 30 years in the Senate. He's served at various times not only as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee but also as head of the Judiciary Committee.
Obama's campaign has arranged a debut for the newly minted ticket this afternoon outside the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.
John McCain's campaign is reacting quickly to Obama's choice. A McCain spokesman says Biden has in the past "denounced Barack Obama's poor foreign policy judgment and has strongly argued in his own words what Americans are quickly realizing -- that Barack Obama is not ready to be president."