Biden compares Obama attacks to past presidents

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden is comparing the criticism of his running mate to the attacks directed at past Presidents Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Kennedy.

Biden said new leaders are almost always confronted with new negative attacks. He compared what Barack Obama has faced to challenges to Thomas Jefferson's Christianity, Abraham Lincoln's commitment to individual rights, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's change and whether it was safe to pick John F. Kennedy.

The Delaware senator repeatedly asked the crowd at East Carolina University whether those attacks sounded familiar.

Biden returned to campaign in North Carolina just four days after appearing here on a three-city bus tour.

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

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