August 16th, 2008
03:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden heads to Georgia

 Biden is a powerful Senate ally of Barack Obama.

Biden is a powerful Senate ally of Barack Obama.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and thought to be on Barack Obama’s short list for vice president, is headed to Georgia Saturday night.

His spokesman, Elizabeth Alexander said, “At the request of Georgian president (Mikhail) Saakashvilli, Chairman Biden is heading to Georgia this weekend. He is leaving this evening and will be there Sunday.”

No other Senators are traveling with him.

In a statement, his office said he will meet President Saakashvili, Georgian Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze, and U.S. Ambassador to Georgia John Tefft. He also will meet with residents who fled the fighting.

Biden said in the statement, “I am going to Georgia this weekend to get the facts first-hand and to show my support for Georgia’s people and its democratically-elected government. I look forward to reporting to my colleagues in the Senate and on the Foreign Relations Committee, as well as the Administration, about what I learn.”

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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. REA


    August 16, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. GG

    Biden is VP.

    August 16, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Tyler

    No wonder why I am not voting............both Dems and Repubs want to continue their love relationship with a murdering dictator in Saakashvili..........whose forces bombed a city indiscriminately in the middle of the night. I support Russia 100% in their military action against Georgia.

    August 16, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. ruth

    Good for you Sen Biden, and i hope you are the VP, for Sen Obama

    August 16, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. sandy

    Well, it looks like somebody who actually knows something is going to Georgia. I think this man would be a perfect VP for Obama. At least when he comes back, we will know the truth.

    August 16, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. women for obama

    Good Job Biden,

    Since our candiate or Mc-InSane are the president, it is best to be invited to the gun fight as an objective observer. Verses the two henchmen who Mc-InSane sent over to cover up all the tranferring of money for power he does not hold. Next time if there is one Georgia;s president will think longer and hard before pulling on the Bears tail again, especially if he is looking for help from the west. Some one should he told him we have already over spent all our blood and treausrer.

    August 16, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  7. Minnesota against John McWar

    Anthony Salisbury, MD August 16th, 2008 5:29 pm ET

    Too late now to attempt your "foreign affairs experience tour" Biden.

    How moronic is that? Biden needs a foreign experience tour?

    August 16, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. jerry, San Francisco, CA

    Great news! When you return, please explain to W why it all went so wrong. Setting up the "new Europe" as friends of freedom has opened the door to new war threats, like Georgia and now Poland. All the oil in the Caucasus ain't worth another Iraq. Obama / Biden '08.

    August 16, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. Rapid Eddie

    Senator Biden goes to Georgia in his capacity as Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    Meanwhile, Senator McCain sends over two of his lackeys – excuse me – advisors. Didn't it occur to anyone at CNN to ask if this was appropriate?

    Senator Obama so much as displays self-confidence and makes a speech and CNN asks "Is he too presumptuous?" McCain sends over faux secretaries of state into a highly volatile situation, supplanting and upstaging the efforts of the official government representatives.

    And yet nobody at CNN thinks to question whether convening a cabinet-in-waiting and sending them into a politically highly-charged situation isn't presumptuousness incarnate. Not to mention potentially dangerous.

    Wake me up when your journalistic balance and a sense of perspective kicks in.

    August 16, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. mac

    this guy will be great VP his a fighter for our country

    August 16, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. Pete Turner

    Excuse me Anthony, but Biden has well established and deep foreign affairs experience. He has nothing to prove. He is just applying his experience appropriately and would be a great addition to the democratic ticket, if that is what Obama decides.

    August 16, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. MikeNJ

    Why hasn't he gone to Iraq or Afganistan??? What has he done as head of the Foreign Relations Committee??? anyone? Bueller? Bueller? What a blessing if he is the pick for VP......
    McCain will steamroll.........

    August 16, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  13. A True Diplomat

    Biden probably knows as much as anyone Russia's invasion was a strong warning and was as much about control of oil flowing thru that region as anything else.

    Democrats wake up...we better explore NOW for FUTURE drilling within our own shores. So it may take years to get it to market...if we don't START we never will get it. What happens if the Middle East completely curtails oil shipments to us. Irag is reinstating their original deal with China before we gave them freedom...what does that tell you?

    Oil will control events leading to or averting another World War.

    August 16, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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