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C., which he continued to do throughout his Senate career.In the aftermath of the accident, he had trouble focusing on work, and appeared to just go through the motions of being a senator. Congress to ratify the SALT II Treaty signed in 1979 by Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and President Jimmy Carter, he took the initiative to meet the Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, educated him about American concerns and interests, and secured several changes to address objections of the Foreign Relations Committee.In his memoirs, Biden notes that staffers were taking bets on how long he would last. In 1984, he was Democratic floor manager for the successful passage of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act; civil libertarians praised him for modifying some of the Act's provisions, and it was his most important legislative accomplishment at that point in time. When the Reagan administration wanted to interpret the 1972 SALT I Treaty loosely in order to allow the Strategic Defense Initiative to proceed, Biden argued for strict adherence to the treaty's terms.
When the campaign began, he was considered a potentially strong candidate because of his moderate image, his speaking ability on the stump, his appeal to Baby Boomers, his high-profile position as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the upcoming Robert Bork Supreme Court nomination hearings, and his fundraising appeal."Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university?[Then pointing to his wife in the audience] Why is Glenys the first woman in her family in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? " "I started thinking as I was coming over here, why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university?He was a long-time member and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. In the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama chose Biden to be his running mate in the race, which they won. In December 2016, he refused to rule out a potential bid for President in 2020, but announced on January 13, 2017, that he would not run, only to seemingly backtrack just four days later, again refusing to rule out a potential bid.As Vice President in the Obama administration, Biden oversaw the infrastructure spending aimed at counteracting the Great Recession, and U. On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction—the only time Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom with the additional honor of distinction.