August 18th, 2008
12:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama VP buzz squarely on Biden

Speculation is building Biden will be named Obama's running mate.
Speculation is building Biden will be named Obama's running mate.

(CNN) – When Joe Biden returns to Capitol Hill Monday from his two-day trip to embattled Georgia, vice presidential speculation will rest squarely on him.

The longtime Delaware senator and former presidential candidate has long been considered to be on the shortlist for Barack Obama's running mate, but his quickly-planned trip to Georgia Saturday night at the behest of that country's president left Washington buzzing he is the most likely choice.

Watch: Will it be Biden?

After all, the Georgia crisis appears to have put national security issues again at the forefront of the presidential campaign, and it's an issue where John McCain has long held the advantage over Obama. The Illinois senator, so the Beltway chatter goes, needs a running-mate with foreign policy experience now more than ever.

If Biden does aspire to be on the Democratic presidential ticket, the trip couldn't have come at a better time - reinforcing his lengthy resume on matters of foreign policy and reminding voters, and Obama, he is well respected by foreign leaders half a world away.

The trip also comes days before Obama is expected to reveal his VP choice - with only days remaining until the Democratic convention, the choice is expected to come this week.

CNN Political Market: Biden's stock on the rise

But of course Biden suggested before he left Saturday he isn't making the trip for political reasons.
"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," he said in a statement. "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."

He may have one or two conversations with his colleague from Illinois too.

Related: Countdown is on for Obama's VP announcement


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden
soundoff (374 Responses)
  1. Lee, New York City

    Biden is a big blow hard....anytime you see him on TV or C-Span, he's rambling on and on, enjoying hearing himself talk. He is in love with himself and brings NOTHING to the table for Obama (except some experience which Obama lacks).

    Obama is not doing so well now in the polls because people are seeing him having to handle questions and he doesn't have a script in front of him.

    HE IS TOO INEXPERIENCED TO BE PRESIDENT. He will lose in November and Hitlery will run in 2012 (and bring Bill along for the ride).

    August 18, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. John

    Biden is a very wise choice to manage the White House under the leadership of Obama. Biden is certainly the "anti-Cheney" who holds the title of the most creepy VP in modern times. The republicans don't have a pool of VP choices that Americans feel they can trust. It's time to have an open, and friendly White House that doesn't believe "honesty is the definition of weakness" as Bush and Cheney have shown. January 2009 can't come soon enough for me, because we need to show the international community that we can be trusted, and respected. Bush has caused our friendly allies to despise America, not to mention our political adversaries.

    August 18, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. ron

    I can't wait for him to make this pick, so that my instinct about him will be proven correct. That America's flawed election process picked the wrong nominee, and that he is not the best candidate. The only way he is getting hillary's voters is to have her as his running mate, since it doesn't appear he is going to do that, then he won't get my vote or the vote of many other hillary supporters. Good Luck cheater

    August 18, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Linda K.

    I am so sick of the negative comments made by Hillary supporters. Do you know you're the main reason so many of us have trouble warming up to Hillary? I feel the hate in your words.

    Stop degrading Obama supporters. Many of us are highly educated. I have a graduate degree, and I have been voting since 1976 so I know a thing or two, also, about American democracy. All of us are committed to making sure our country doesn't continue down the wrong path, as it has for the last eight years.

    Put away your misguided feminism and vote for the good of your country.

    August 18, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. RealityKing

    What!!?? This is sure going to put a damper on all my grandpa McCain jokes...

    August 18, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Jerry

    Oh well! Another bleeding heart Democratic hypocrite that Senator Nobama has managed to play for a sucker.

    Stay tuned!

    August 18, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. jr california

    "NEVER have I seen a more repugnant and despicable UNdemocratic group of supporters- of either party- as the Cult of nasty worshippers that Obama has inspired to support him and secure his nomination"

    hey phantom of the oprah (what a clever name), sorry we finally have somebody running for office that doesn't make us want to puke. "cult of nasty worshippers", what a joke... at least we haven't made an entire coalition of anti-hillary websites like you clowns did with obama. by the way, did i mention how clever your name is??

    August 18, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. KISS

    Biden has his strengths from Obama's perspective.

    Biden's run for President twice ... there likely is ZERO baggage lurking with him.

    A democrat would most likely succeed Biden in the Senate seat from Delaware.

    Biden won't take no bull ____ t from the GOP. He'll make a good "bad" cop. That would play well in Appalachia.

    Biden shores up the foriegn affairs element of the team.

    Barack trusts that Biden's intentions are honorable.

    That trust means that Barack can work with Biden as his final consigliere.

    A good team ....

    Tie in General Powell as an advisor of some sort and this is a winner from a competency perspective.

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    Joe Biden doesn't deliver any particular electoral state or region but should play well in Pennsylvania, Virginia and parts of Ohio.

    August 18, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. SC voter

    No one wanted Biden when he ran for President... and he dropped out.

    Why would they want him now as VP?

    August 18, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Jackson

    Biden would be a great candidate for the Republicans.

    He's corrupt and dishonest, and will seal the deal for McCain.

    August 18, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. MMN Milwaukee WI

    No one has the b@lls to say but its clear the Clintons have prevented Obama from taking ownership of the DEM party up to this point and as far as I am concerned they are slowly killing the future of America with their selfishness and Obama is lacking is taking tough leadership decisions at the DEM Party level.
    Does McCain know the difference between COURAGE and WISDOM?

    August 18, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Nick

    Wake up people. He's isn't going to pick Biden. Biden would be a bad choice. He will udoubtably put his foot in his mouth. CNN artificially generates this "speculation". Its going to be Evan Bayh. Bet on it.

    August 18, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Biden would be an excellent choice.

    August 18, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Independents for McCain

    To accuse Sen McCain of cheating in the Saddelback forum by violating the cone of silence just goes to show the depths the Obamabots will sink to protect The Messiah!

    If you will not take Sen McCain at his word that he did NOT violoate the "cone of silence", if you are going to call Sen. McCain a liar and cheat, the why should we take Sen. Obama at his word that he was never Muslim, that he did nothing wrong with Tony Rezko, that he never heard those inflammatory rhetoric fr Rev Wright and on and on?

    It works both ways!! The fact that because Obama did poorly at that forum, his kool-aid drinking followers now want to discredit it! Obama is using gutter politics straight fr so. side of Chicago!

    If there was ever a contest on intergrity and honesty, I would say McCain would win hands down.

    August 18, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Ted

    Bring on Biden. He will definitely sink Obama's ticket.

    August 18, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Mike - Texas

    Oh good, now we can add the fact that Biden BASHED OUR TROOPS right along with Kerry, Murtha, Pelosi, and some others to the campaign.

    It is one thing to bash Bush, but bashing our troops and lying about them the way that Biden did is unforgivable.

    The likes of Biden, Kerry, Murtha, and Pelosi need to go.

    August 18, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Ernesto

    Obama must be tough with these barbaric russians,Poland,Germany,and Czech Rep should be armed to the teeth NOW more than ever !! The russkies have shown their true colors,thank GOD it happened now rather than later.
    And definetly bring Ukraine into NATO,furthermore Condi Rice should be invited to stay on despite having served under Bush,she´s too valuable and knowledgable to let go, Colin Powell should ber asked to return as well !!!!

    August 18, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Soldiergal

    Those PUMA supporters are going to get a rude awakening if McCain actually wins and suddenly starts stripping our country of what few rights Bush didn't take away. I'm pretty sure HRC never came out in favor of greater tax breaks for the rich, a Supreme Court in the mold of Alito and Scalia, and a country without legal access to safe abortions.

    Obama and Biden will do a great job, and will make me even prouder to be a young, educated American Soldier as opposed to an old, scared, illiterate white cracker.

    August 18, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Bulldog

    If McCain wins this year you better bet that there will be a big push against the Clintons in 2012 and will be the first to sign up. The Clintons are hurting Obama right now along with their radical supporters. They better get there act together or this will be the end for Hillary. Obama has no control over Bill or Hillary and that is exactly why she cannot be the VP. They are both out of control.

    August 18, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. Dean in Florida

    Obama could clone Lincoln from DNA and select him as a running mate. It still wouldn't matter.

    Forget his inexperience...forget his ultra-liberal leanings; Obama does not posess the character to be President of the United States.

    August 18, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. Chad

    Biden is the man, I heard his debates in Des Moines, and I still think this man could debate circles around ANYONE McMuffin will choose for his VP....

    Bring it on!

    August 18, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Tired of W, OH

    Look for grandpa McMunster to annouce his candidate soon after Obama. McCain has no original thoughts and he's more obsessed with Obama than the media is. His commercials talk more about Obama than himself!

    I'm sure that McCain will pick someone that shares his affection with ABBA and that who will have no problems dancing with him to "Dancing Queen."

    I've said it before, I'll say it again:

    John McCain. Turning the red states pink.

    August 18, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Ms. Vee

    Ms. Vee- NJ
    Biden is my choice for for OBAMA's VP. He's the Dick Chenny that every PREZ needs. An interivewer told Dick Chenney that most American people thought the war in Iraq was not necessary, he looked straight in the interviewers face and said " I don't care what the american people think" . That was OK because Chenney said it. Biden is the only other person that could do that.

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 18, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. mobile251ala

    why i cant leave a comment on the cone of silence cnn

    August 18, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Gerry

    Shame on McCain for cheating on Saturday. In addition his plagarism of the cross story is beyond comprehension.

    I do hope Biden is the VP.

    August 18, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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