Biden delivers mea culpa to home-state delegates

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) -- Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden has thanked Delaware delegates for standing by their home-state senator.

At the same time, he owned up to his own foibles and imperfections.

Biden told a small breakfast gathering in suburban Denver that he couldn't have weathered personal failures without their help. He acknowledged that his spot on the ticket will come with challenges, a comment that brought knowing laughter from the crowd.

Biden admitted that he "doesn't always comport" himself in the way that he wants to.

Aides say Biden was referring to his tendencies to shoot from the hip, and to set a sometimes condescending tone.

Following the breakfast, Biden joined Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, for a roundtable discussion about women and the economy.

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