Native Sons—Almost

By: - August 26, 2008 12:00 am

What are the odds? Democratic Party officials often assign several state delegations to the same hotel. So Arkansas, Hawaii and Delaware were bunched together at a south Denver hotel long before Barack Obama chose Joe Biden to be his running mate.

The irony was not lost on Arkansas party official Karla Bradley, who noted that the hotel, a Marriott, could wind up hosting the home states of the former Democratic president, the next Democratic president and the next vice president.

Close. Though Clinton was born in Arkansas and Obama in Hawaii, Biden actually is a native of Scranton, Pa. But he has lived in Delaware most of his life.

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Stephen Fehr

Stephen Fehr is a senior officer with Pew’s government performance portfolio. He is a lead writer on many of the products generated by the portfolio, specializing in state and local fiscal health.