Biden travels to boyhood home in battleground state

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- Senator Joe Biden has revisited his boyhood town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, with his 91-year-old mother.

Pennsylvania is one of the battleground states this fall. Scranton itself has many Democrats, but they're socially conservative and largely spurned Biden's running mate, Barack Obama, during the primaries.

Biden's brother, Jimmy, joined him and their mother at the three-story home where they lived until 1953, when the family moved to Delaware. He was 10 when they left Scranton and says it's where his family values and his Catholic faith melded.

Biden attended Scranton's Italian festival with Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, where he urged support for hurricane victims and promised a return trip. Earlier, Biden canceled plans to march in a Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh because of Hurricane Gustav.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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