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"Thanks to President Obama, bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive," Vice President Joseph R. Biden said in a speech, keeping with the campaign ad theme. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden in New Hampshire criticized Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans for opposing the so-called "Buffett rule," a minimum tax rate of 30 percent for people who make more than $1 million a year. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden aggressively entered the 2012 campaign Thursday with a speech at a United Auto Workers hall in Toledo, Ohio. Mr. Biden called out Republican presidential hopefuls for not supporting the auto bailout. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden is on the "road" again, this time to Rhode Island, after a misspelling on his itinerary was corrected. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks Monday at Florida State University in Tallahassee in support of the Obama administration's proposal to cap college tuition. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks Jan. 19, 2012, at Galena High School in Reno, Nev. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden could be a valuable asset to President Obama's re-election bid as the campaign targets battleground states Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. The three states carry 67 electoral votes. (Associated Press)

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There was speculation that Vice President Joseph R. Biden used Botox to smooth his brow before debating Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign. "The problem with Botox is that it makes you less expressive," says Paul Ekman, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of California Medical School. (Associated Press)

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The new director of the CIA, David Petraeus (right), talks with Vice President Joseph R. Biden (back to camera) and John Brennan, President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, after Mr. Petraeus was sworn in at the White House on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden greets survivors of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami at a temporary-housing complex in Natori, Japan, on Tuesday, two days after making controversial remarks in Chengdu, China. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Obama (seated, second from left), Vice President Joseph R. Biden (far left), Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (seated, second from right), Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (seated, far right) and others follow the unfolding mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other members of the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the White House Situation Room on May 1.

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Bloomberg Vice President Joseph R. Biden (second from right) speaks Thursday during debt-reduction talks with Hill leaders. Also taking part were Rep. James E. Clyburn (fourth from right), South Carolina Democrat; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (third from right), Virginia Republican; Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (right), Hawaii Democrat; and Office of Management and Budget chief Jacob Lew (foreground).

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS In this image released by the White House and digitally altered to obscure the material in front of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (right), she, President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden (left), along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House on Sunday.

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden (center) personally fought for stimulus funding to renovate the Amtrak station in Wilmington, Del. He used the station regularly as a senator, and Amtrak is renaming the station in his honor. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden, the man Mr. Obama tapped to lead negotiations several weeks ago, has returned from his own European trip — apparently to the surprise of some House Republicans. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (second left), during their meeting in Moscow on Thursday. The talks in Moscow are expected to focus on missile defense cooperation and Russia's efforts to join the World Trade Organization. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** The United Nations building is reflected on the window of the U.S. mission to the U.N. as portraits of President Obama (left), Vice President Joseph R. Biden, and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hang in the lobby on Sept. 18, 2010, in New York. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden (second from left) meets in Baghdad on Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, with (from left) Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the outgoing U.S. commander in Iraq; U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey; Marine Gen. James Mattis, head of U.S. Central Command; and Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin, the incoming commander of U.S. forces in Iraq. The change of command ceremony was held Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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** FILE ** U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act at the Ronald Reagan Building, July 21, 2010, in Washington, D.C. Also pictured (L-R) are Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). (UPI/Win McNamee/Pool)