August 18th, 2008
12:51 PM ET
1 year 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. Tony

    FINALLY, OBAMA MAKES A GOOD MOVE!

    Biden should have been the nominee.

    August 18, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Nana

    I hope so, he is the only sensible choice

    Obama/Biden 08&12

    August 18, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Hatred drove us away

    I am not sure the democrats and the democratic party can overcome the stain on democracy wrought by the nasty vitriolic vulgar behavior of the Obama campaign and their disrespectful supporters.

    Supporters who are loyal to Obama but seem to have neither an understanding nor an appreciation to the democratic process.

    Supporters who have been willing to use intimidation, coercion, threats, insults and debasement of other democrats JUST to ensure an Obama win.

    Supporters who were not willing to have Obama earn votes on his own merits, platform, accomplishments and track record... but felt that they must coerce and force the process by every unethical and unfair means possible.

    They even state that the end does justify the means.

    NOT IN A TRUE DEMOCRACY.... wise up folks.

    August 18, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    CNN: Why no comments on the "cone of silence" story. Warren said explicitly at the beginning of the forum that McCain was in the cone of silence when in fact he did not know that he was of he wasn't. That is a lie in a church. McCain didn't play by the rules and Warren didn't enforce them.

    Re the "pay grade" comment: any clear thinker knows that Obama's answer was that he left it to God to decide on sin or not, not to a group that firmly believes they are the ones to decide on life or death as witnessed by their support of the invasion of Iraq and McCain's view that America is entitled to a "bully pulpit" .

    Joe will be a great VP.

    August 18, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Luke

    Biden is a good choice. He undercuts McCain's strength and adds a lot of experience. For this reason I think he gives Obama the best chance to win, even if he's not from a strategic state.

    August 18, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Jaime in Texas

    Biden's son did arrest Larry Sinclair to hush him up, so Obama owes the Biden Family.

    August 18, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. 18,000,000 plus the disenfranchised

    The buzz is always around Obama,so what else is new? He is still a radical liberal,with different values from the average American,and he is still inexperienced and doesn't have a clue how to go about anything he is promising.

    August 18, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. JJ

    Obama / Biden . Oh yeah !!!!!!

    August 18, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Just about anyone would have more foreign policy experience than Obama. Notice that when it involved a rock star tour Obama was all over it with his trip to Europe. When substance was involved, like in Georgia, he's the invisible man. The latest PEW poll has Obama ahead by only 3 points, down from 8 a month ago and 5 last month. The poll was taken before the Georgia crisis. After his lackluster performance with Georgia, he's probably behind. America is waking up to what a fraud he is.

    August 18, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. brian

    I was saying Obama/Biden '08 back in January. Biden brings so much knowledge, straight talk and experience to the table it will help Obama take away the last thing McCain has going for him.

    Brian

    August 18, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. JohnK

    This has been and will continue to be my "Dream Ticket". Hoping this comes to fruition. Senator Biden has always impressed me. Waiting on my text/e-mail Barack . . .

    August 18, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Mobius

    Put Biden on the ticket and not only lose the election to the old bumbling white man, but you MAY not even get the nomination.

    August 18, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    the obvious choice since reps are more than ever looking to war as the answer to win this election!

    Diane Dagenais Turbide
    Quebec, Canada

    August 18, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. Joi

    Biden is my pick for VP. Come on Biden, "Show them All what you are working with". Biden would be the perfect choice for Obama. He has all the credentials and has been the best 'attack dog' that I have seen in the Obama campaign. Besides, he looks great in the picture above. He would compliment the Obama brand!

    August 18, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Hypocrits for Obama

    The total hypocrisy of the Obama campaign- inflaming the racial tensions to divide the party and resorting to strong-arming at caucus and enploying lawyers to block democratic votes from counting and agitating anti-Hillary vitriol and mocking fellow democrats- has cost Obama many millions of votes from previously loyal democrats.

    Democracy before party.

    August 18, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Laura in L.A.

    If Obama wants my vote, he had better pick Hillary Clinton. I am a big Hillary Clinton supporter and was devastated when she gave up.

    If he wants to bring party unity and the Hillary supporters on board, he needs to make her the VP.

    Otherwise, I will vote for John McCain.

    August 18, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Anyone has more experience than Obama!

    Remember 1988 when Joe Biden was laughed out of the presidential primaries for coping speeches?
    Is this HOPE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN?

    Obama is a joke.

    August 18, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. El Kababa

    Biden would be an excellent choice for VP. I personally prefer Clinton, and I still hope Obama chooses her. It would be a dramatic kickoff to his campaign. While Biden has enormous respect among the know-it-alls in Washington and among political geeks like myself, most people would not recognize him or his name. He should be included in the Obama administrations foreign policy team, but the focus of the future Obama administration has to be domestic policy.

    Wilson abandoned much of his liberal domestic program because of World War I, Roosevelt because of WWII, Truman because of Korea, and Johnson because of Viet Nam. We can't afford to focus on foreign affairs so much. They have to be moved to the back burner for a while. Otherwise, America will not be enough of a world power to influence foreign affairs much longer.

    August 18, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Clinton Supporter

    I could vote for this ticket if the positions were reversed.

    But I will NEVER vote for Obama for President, PERIOD.

    I HOPE ALL CLINTON SUPPORTERS WILL VOTE AGAINST OBAMA, NO MATTER HOW THEY PACKAGE HIM.

    August 18, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Chips

    Sounds like other leader in the world are sick of the Idiots in the RepugBush party.

    August 18, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Larry

    Not who I'd pick. But OK.

    One thing is for certain, he will bring some fight to the ticket. He will 'bring it' when the Republicans attack.

    August 18, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. joey

    Anything but another republican in the office!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN/HILLARY WHO CARES?!?!? JUST NOT JOHN MCCAIN AND HIS HORRIBLE UNAMERICAN POLICIES!!

    August 18, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Senator Byden....Go Joe, would love to see you on the ticket.

    August 18, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. Saad from NJ

    This will be good news for our country and the world.

    August 18, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. RobK

    Biden would be fun. He isn't afraid to say what he thinks, whether it turns out as a gaffe or not: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

    August 18, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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