Reaction to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's selection of Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his running mate.

"In naming my colleague and friend Sen. Joe Biden to be the vice presidential nominee, Sen. Obama has continued in the best traditions for the vice presidency by selecting an exceptionally strong, experienced leader and devoted public servant. Sen. Biden will be a purposeful and dynamic vice president who will help Sen. Obama both win the presidency and govern this great country."

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.

"There has been no harsher critic of Barack Obama's lack of experience than Joe Biden. Biden has 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."

Ben Porritt, spokesman for the John McCain campaign

"Senator Biden brings a depth of experience to the job at a time when our country faces complicated issues like energy independence, record-setting deficits and a struggling economy. Senator Biden knows the dangers facing us around the world and will put that knowledge to work to keep America safe."

Rep. Jim Matheson,


"We now have the ticket that's going to bring the change we've all been hoping for. I join all of the members of the Senate Democratic caucus in congratulating Joe Biden — a great friend, a great Democrat, and now our party's nominee for vice president."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

"Obama has spent millions on his change message in Indiana. Biden has held onto a seat in the Senate since 1972. How does that represent change?"

Indiana GOP Chairman Murray Clark