Your late-morning cuppa Joe (Biden)

Here’s presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, speaking as a presidential candidate in May 2007 to the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco:

The moderator is Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a senior research scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University; adjunct senior fellow for alliance relations at the Council on Foreign Relations; founding senior adviser to the Stanford-Harvard Preventive Defense Project; and a 2004 Carnegie Scholar. She was deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia during the first Clinton administration (1994–96), and earlier yet was Biden’s chief foreign affairs and defense policy adviser.

I left her a few voice-mail and e-mail messages this week hoping to ask her a few quick questions about her former boss being tapped as Barack Obama‘s running mate; somebody at Stanford just called to tell me she’s in Washington and Denver this week and so won’t talk to me. No phones or e-mail in D.C. or Denver? Or is it because she was more a fan of Hillary Clinton than of her former boss?

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.