Barack Obama has chosen Delaware Sen. Joe Biden to be his vice presidential running mate.
The announcement came early Saturday morning as the Obama campaign posted the pick on their website and followed up with a text message to his supporters, saying "Barack has chosen Senator Joe Biden to be our VP nominee."
Biden, 65, has fallen short twice in attempts at running for President, dropping out this year in January after a disappointing showing in the early primaries. He also failed in a 1988 presidential bid.
Biden, who has been a senator for more than 30 years, is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and will bring to the ticket much-needed foreign policy experience, an area in which Obama is seen lacking credentials
The two will make their first joint appearance Saturday afternoon in Springfield, Ill.
The selection of Biden means that Obama passed over Hillary Clinton, who did far better in the primaries than the Delaware senator, and it remains to be seen how her supporters will react to her being passed over.