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Mr. Biden had tough words for his Democratic rivals, saying if any of them think they can win without “unimpeachable credentials on national security and terror, they are making a tragic, tragic mistake.”

It was his seventh press club appearance, and as he read moving excerpts from his book, some in the audience wiped away tears. He also got warm applause for bringing along a virtual family tree — mom Jean, wife Jill, sister Valerie and sons Beau and Hunter, reports The Washington TimesChristina Bellantoni.

Mr. Biden at first couldn’t remember why he is the only major Democratic 2008 presidential contender who will skip the Yearly Kos convention.

Asked why he is not attending the liberal gathering to address thousands of active Democratic voters, Mr. Biden responded: “To tell you the truth, I thought I was.”

As the audience chuckled, he went on to say it must have been a schedule mix-up, and certainly not reluctance to attend. “They are a major part of the Democratic party. They are not the Democratic Party. … They warrant being listened to,” he said.

Then he remembered that he had planned a major book event in his home state, and exclaimed: “Love you, Kos, but you ain’t Delaware.”

CAIR vs. YAF

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is demanding that the Young America’s Foundation cancel a planned speech today by author Robert Spencer.

Mr. Spencer, author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam” and founder of JihadWatch.org, is scheduled to speak on the topic “The Truth About CAIR” at 4 p.m. today at YAF’s national student conference at George Washington University.

Calling Mr. Spencer “a well-known purveyor of hatred and bigotry against Muslims” with a “history of false and defamatory statements,” an attorney for CAIR yesterday wrote a letter to “demand that YAF cancel the subject session, or else take steps to ensure that false and defamatory statements are not disseminated at that session.”

“CAIR has consistently taken a principled position against terrorism and extremism,” Joseph E. Sandler, attorney for CAIR, wrote in his letter to YAF.

“Our clients have instructed us to pursue every available and appropriate legal steps to ensure that false and defamatory statements are not disseminated” during Mr. Spencer’s speech, wrote Mr. Sandler.

“We’re not going to be intimidated” by people “who are opposed to free expression,” YAF spokesman Jason Mattera told The Washington Times. “Not only are we going to have [Mr. Spencer] speak, but are opening the session up to more interns, and we will publicize the event further.”

More than 400 conservative college students from around the country are attending the weeklong YAF conference, which continues through Friday at GWU’s Marvin Center, 800 21st Street NW.

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