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Biden's speech recalls 'Grapes of Wrath'

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., ending his presidential bid amid charges of plagiarism, recalled even in his withdrawal address the themes of another writer -- John Steinbeck.

In his statement delivered Wednesday to a Capitol Hill news conference, Biden said:

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'There will be other presidential campaigns.

And I'll be there out front. I'll be there. There'll be other opportunities. There'll be other battles, other places, other times, and I'll be there. And I'll be there ...'

In Steinbeck's Depression-era classic, 'The Grapes of Wrath,' character Tom Joad said in a speech of defeat:

'Then it don't matter. Then I'll be all around in the dark. I'll be everywhere, wherever you look. Wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beating up a guy, I'll be there.'

Actor Henry Fonda made the speech famous in the movie version of the novel.

Biden was driven from the presidential race amid charges he lifted passages of his speeches from those of politicians British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock, Robert Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey, and exaggerated his academic record.

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