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By prospect   March 2009

Biden diplomacy

Vice-president Joe Biden is determined to follow in the footsteps of Al Gore and Dick Cheney, who have sharply raised the profile of the job. Biden says that Obama is on board. “The agreement he and I have is that I would be available for every single major decision that he makes,” he told ABC’s This Week. “I’m the last person in the room.” And as former chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, Biden sees himself as Team Obama’s foreign policy expert. His speech at the Wehrkunde security conference in Munich in February was the administration’s biggest…

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