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Burris slips up introducing Durbin on Biden tour
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Vice President Joe Biden. left, laughs as U.S. Sen. Roland Burris corrects his introduction of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin from senior citizen, to senior Senator while speaking at at Serious Materials Chicago.


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Published: 4/27/2009 10:32 AM | Updated: 4/27/2009 11:52 AM

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is younger than Sen. Roland Burris, but that didn't stop Burris from calling his fellow Democrat Illinois' "senior citizen."

The 71-year-old Burris introduced Durbin at an event Monday with Vice President Joe Biden. Instead of calling his 64-year-old colleague Illinois' senior senator, Burris called him "the senior citizen of the great state of Illinois."

The audience laughed, and Burris quickly corrected his error.

Apparently, it wasn't the first time Burris had made that slip. He told the crowd at a window factory on Chicago's North Side that he made the same faux pas at a committee hearing once.

Vice President Joe Biden also toured a window factory that was the site of a labor dispute last year.

Biden visited the former Republic Windows and Doors plant where workers camped out to protest the shuttering of the facility by the old owner.

The new owner, Serious Materials, makes energy efficient windows and is in the process of hiring back the old workers.

Biden stopped in to talk about stimulus money for green initiatives.

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Roland Burris, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley are all attending the event.

Biden also is scheduled to give a speech later in the day at an urban forum at the University of Illinois in Chicago.