Associated Press - August 23, 2008 12:53 PM ET
Senator Joe Biden, Barack Obama's pick to be his running mate, is on his way to Springfield, Illinois, where the two will appear before a rally.
A crowd of well-wishers waved to Biden and applauded as he left his home near Wilmington, Delaware, for a flight to Illinois just before noon Eastern time.
Democrats, meanwhile, are coalescing around Obama's selection of Biden as his vice-presidential pick.
New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton calls Biden "an exceptionally strong, experienced leader and devoted public servant."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Obama-Biden ticket will bring the change the country needs, including a filibuster-proof Senate majority.
The Obama-Biden rally is set to take place at the old state Capitol in Springfield where the Illinois senator kicked off his presidential campaign nearly 20 months ago. They will be be joined by Obama's wife, Michelle; Biden's wife, Jill; and the Bidens' three adult children.
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