C., which he continued to do throughout his Senate career.
In 20, Biden enlisted major American technology companies in diagnosing the problems of the Austin, Texas-based National Domestic Violence Hotline, and to donate equipment and expertise to it in a successful effort to improve its services.
Biden was critical of the actions of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr during the 1990s Whitewater controversy and Lewinsky scandal investigations, and said "it's going to be a cold day in hell" before another Independent Counsel is granted the same powers.
He was a long-time member and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. In the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama chose Biden to be his running mate in the race, which they won. In December 2016, he refused to rule out a potential bid for President in 2020, but announced on January 13, 2017, that he would not run, only to seemingly backtrack just four days later, again refusing to rule out a potential bid.
As Vice President in the Obama Administration, Biden oversaw the infrastructure spending aimed at counteracting the Great Recession, and U. On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction—the only time Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom with the additional honor of distinction.
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"Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university?
[Then pointing to his wife in the audience] Why is Glenys the first woman in her family in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? " "I started thinking as I was coming over here, why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university?
For several years, the family had to live with Biden's maternal grandparents, the Finnegans. It was managed by his sister Valerie Biden Owens (who would go on to manage his future campaigns) and staffed by other family members, and relied upon handed-out newsprint position papers and meeting voters face-to-face; His campaign issues focused on withdrawal from Vietnam, the environment, civil rights, mass transit, more equitable taxation, health care, the public's dissatisfaction with politics-as-usual, and "change".
During his first year there, he was accused of having plagiarized 5 of 15 pages of a law review article. Senate election in Delaware presented a unique circumstance. Biden's sons Beau and Hunter survived the accident and were taken to the hospital in fair condition, Beau with a broken leg and other wounds, and Hunter with a minor skull fracture and other head injuries.
He was first elected to the Senate in 1972, and became the sixth-youngest senator in American history. He voted in favor of the resolution authorizing the Iraq War in 2002, but opposed the surge of U. He chaired the Judiciary Committee during the contentious U. Supreme Court nominations of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas. His ability to negotiate with congressional Republicans helped bring about legislation such as the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 that resolved a taxation deadlock, the Budget Control Act of 2011 that resolved that year's debt ceiling crisis, and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 that addressed the impending "fiscal cliff".