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Joe Biden Rallies in West Virginia October 24, 2008
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President Barack Obama on Wednesday will tap Vice President Joe Biden to spearhead White House efforts to mold new gun and mental health policies following the Newtown shootings, a choice that could prove crucial to getting changes through Congress.

Aides said that Mr. Obama will make the announcement in the White House briefing room. The aides said the president isn’t expected to announce major policy decisions, but will lay out how the administration will move forward on the issue.

Mr. Biden will be at the briefing Wednesday and could be essential to getting any changes through Congress, as he has decades of experience as a senator and is often Mr. Obama’s go-to person when the president seeks to build support on Capitol Hill.

Source: Jared A. Favole for The Wall Street Journal

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