- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is taking to Twitter.

The White House says the vice president is sending his first-ever tweet Monday, a Fourth of July message from himself and wife Jill Biden asking Americans to take time to think of the troops in battle.

The famously verbose and gaffe-prone Biden might seem an unlikely candidate to say it in 140 characters or less. But fear not _ like most politicians’ Twitter accounts, Biden’s will be staff-written.

It’s part of the White House’s growing focus on social media. The White House regularly communicates to supporters via Twitter, as does President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

On Wednesday the White House will even hold a Twitter town hall. Obama will take questions via Twitter, though he’ll respond verbally.

Biden’s Twitter username is (at)VP.

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