Barack Obama's campaign had said it would announce Obama's choice for a running mate in a text message to supporters. But early Saturday morning, word leaked out to reporters that he'd chosen Sen. Joe Biden, a veteran lawmaker from Delaware.
Here are the texts of the text message and e-mail Obama's campaign sent to supporters shortly after 3 a.m., some three hours after his choice had become widely known.
Barack has chosen Senator Joe Biden to be our VP nominee. Watch the first Obama-Biden rally live at 3pm ET on www.BarackObama.com. Spread the word!
I have some important news that I want to make official.
I've chosen Joe Biden to be my running mate.
Joe and I will appear for the first time as running mates this afternoon in Springfield, Illinoisthe same place this campaign began more than 19 months ago.
I'm excited about hitting the campaign trail with Joe, but the two of us can't do this alone. We need your help to keep building this movement for change.
Please let Joe know that you're glad he's part of our team. Share your personal welcome note and we'll make sure he gets it: my.barackobama.com/welcomejoe
Thanks for your support,
P.S.Make sure to turn on your TV at 2:00 p.m. Central Time to join us or watch online at www.BarackObama.com.