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For Biden, it's the résumé over the rallying cry

Democratic candidate Joe Biden volunteered at a benefit at a Des Moines restaurant on Thanksgiving. The candidate of passion in 1988, Biden is now emphasizing expertise. Democratic candidate Joe Biden volunteered at a benefit at a Des Moines restaurant on Thanksgiving. The candidate of passion in 1988, Biden is now emphasizing expertise. (ERIC THAYER/GETTY IMAGES)
By Sasha Issenberg
Globe Staff / December 12, 2007

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MASON CITY, Iowa - As Joe Biden lingered after his speech at Northern Iowa Area Community College, a man leaned in and asked for Biden's ultimate sales pitch - the one thing he could say on caucus night to lure friends from better-funded, more famous candidates to support the senator from Delaware. (Full article: 1401 words)

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