For several years, the family had to live with Biden's maternal grandparents, the Finnegans. It was managed by his sister Valerie Biden Owens (who would go on to manage his future campaigns) and staffed by other family members, and relied upon handed-out newsprint position papers and meeting voters face-to-face; His campaign issues focused on withdrawal from Vietnam, the environment, civil rights, mass transit, more equitable taxation, health care, the public's dissatisfaction with politics-as-usual, and "change".
" Moreover, while political speeches often appropriate ideas and language from each other, Biden's use came under more scrutiny because he fabricated aspects of his own family's background in order to match Kinnock's.
"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?
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.