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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. chats with House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio on Capitol Hill on Tuesday before the start of President Obama's State of the Union address. (Associated Press)

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Chinese President Hu Jintao shares a toast with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a luncheon in Mr. Hu's honor at the State Department on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

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Chinese President Hu Jintao and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. walk the red carpet upon Mr. Hu's arrival Tuesday at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., for the start of a state visit. China's trade with Iran will be one of many thorny issues President Obama will likely raise with Mr. Hu. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (left) meets with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Baghdad on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011. Mr. Biden arrived in Iraq earlier in the day for talks with the new government's leaders about the future of American troops in the country as they prepare to leave at year's end. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., left, at a joint press conference with Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani at the prime minister's residence in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. arrives by helicopter at Forward Operating Base Airborne in Afghanistan's Wardak province on Tuesday. He noted coalition successes against the Taliban but said the gains are "fragile and reversible." (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., center, alights from a helicopter as he arrives at a forward operating base Airborne, in Maidan Shar, in Afghanistan's Wardak province, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (right) speaks with Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, during a press event in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Mr. Biden is in Afghanistan on a surprise visit to assess progress in handing over security from foreign to Afghan forces. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. administers a ceremonial Senate oath during a mock swearing-in ceremony for Sen. Rand Paul (left), Kentucky Republican, accompanied by family members, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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BLOOMBERG "This compromise was to help people who were drowning," said Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., defending the compromise President Obama made with congressional Republicans to extend Bush-era tax cuts. The bill also included an extension of unemployment benefits to millions of Americans.

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Associated Press President Obama discusses the Afghanistan-Pakistan annual review Thursday as (from left) Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marine Gen. James Cartwright look on.

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** FILE ** President Obama (center), accompanied by (from left) Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marine Gen. James Cartwright, speaks about the Afghanistan-Pakistan annual review on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (right) greets Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (center) before a meeting of the U.N. Security Council at the world body's headquarters in New York on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. At left is Hamid al-Bayati, Iraq's U.N. ambassador. (AP Photo)

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**FILE** Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leave a Democratic Caucus meeting Wednesday. Mr. Biden has made personal pleas to both the Senate and House Democratic caucuses. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leave a Democratic Caucus meeting Wednesday. Mr. Biden has made personal pleas to both the Senate and House Democratic caucuses. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** President Obama talks with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as they walk to the Blair House from the White House in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, for a meeting with newly elected governors. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

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President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. tour Chrysler's Indiana Transmission Plant II in Kokomo, Ind., on Tuesday. Mr. Obama is embarking on a mission to change the public's mood. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (right) shakes hands with Sen.-elect Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat, after a mock swearing in ceremony Monday, as Mr. Coons' sons, Jack and Mike, along with wife Annie, look on.

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BACK AGAIN: As Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (right) looks on, President Obama addresses a Sunday rally at Cleveland State University. Mr. Obama has been to the swing state of Ohio on behalf of the Democratic nominees for governor and Senate a dozen times. (Associated Press)