Tender words
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There's a lot of love in the air at the Democratic convention. At least between Joe and Jill Biden.

The vice president's wife was full of tender praise as she introduced her husband, telling the crowd she loved him from the start even though "I didn't agree to marry him until the fifth time he asked me."

When the vice president took the stage, things got a little mushy. He opened his remarks with a shout-out to "Jilly." If she hadn't said yes to that fifth marriage proposal, he said, he just didn't know what he would have done with himself.

The tender words didn't last long, though. Biden quickly launched into his prepared speech, a full-throated defense of President Barack Obama and a sharp critique of Republican rival Mitt Romney.