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Biden's Link To Credit-Card Firm Questioned

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Biden's Link To Credit-Card Firm Questioned

Election 2008

Biden's Link To Credit-Card Firm Questioned

Biden's Link To Credit-Card Firm Questioned

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Sen. Joe Biden was one of the few Democrats who sided with credit-card companies that were trying to make it harder for people to declare bankruptcy.

At the time, his son was a consultant to Delaware-based credit-card company MBNA. MBNA employees also contributed heavily to the senator's election campaigns.

Jeffrey Birnbaum, managing editor of digital news for the Washington Times, says the issue raises questions about whether Biden is as much of an outsider to Washington's ways as the Obama campaign portrays him to be.

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