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. JB, Boston

    Good choice, if that is in fact it. Unfortunately, I don't believe he is going to go this route. I do believe it is his best option.

    By the way, I have a feeling this convention is going to cause more problems within the party. Clinton is going to try an end around. She and her supporters will not just give Obama the nod without causing problems.

    If Hillary had wanted to end all of this, all she had to do was END her campaign and tell her supporters to stop the nonsense. But she didn't do that. Why? Because she has got something up her sleeve.

    August 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. sue calgary

    Obama/Biden 08/12 The winning ticket! Make the expected announcement and get to work at winning in Nov. The world is tired of the previous administrations COWBOY politics. Restore America to it's former status in the eyes of the international community. Change HAS come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. KiloWhiskey

    Another "has been"....

    August 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. J

    This is great... Biden would be a great VP.

    August 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. linda., bella vista, ar

    HoHo HeHe McLame sending Curly and Larry [Lieberman and Graham] to Georgia...does that mean they will be a GOP VP dynamic-duo?

    August 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. No Nos No Nos moveran

    The carrion crows are circling... the DNC knows Obama and the party are in decay....

    Too bad... but elections are lost when the democratic process is subverted and in its place is put coercion, threats, intimidation and threats.

    Vote democratic or else!!!!!

    Or else what?

    August 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Tom - Cary, NC

    Yawn – My Biden T-shirt will hang in my closet next to my Eagleton T-shirt. I hope it is Biden. Two boring, out-of-touch policy wonks running together. McCain for sure....

    August 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Karen

    I'm with Erin.

    I will also be writing in Clinton.

    August 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Jano1234

    Does anyone really think that the arrogant Obama would listen to Biden or anyone else with experience? He is too arrogant to listen to anyone, so BIG DEAL!!! A Hillary supporter.

    August 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Wake up America

    Who is the only VP candidate that could overshadow any other mentioned name and also be a BIG BIG SURPRISE:

    AL GORE

    OBAMA/GORe 08

    August 18, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. LAMONT

    GOOD! BIDEN IS A GREAT PICK THE ONLY ONE BETTER WOULD BE GEN. COLIN POWELL. THAT WOULD BE THE REAL DREAM TICKET!!

    August 18, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. J

    Erin needs to accept that she lost and just support Obama and think about Hilary in 2012 if she runs, but don't throw away your vote...

    August 18, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Jack Colson

    Biden is okay, however Obama cannnot win in Nov....he needs more experience. He's been all over the map lately which shows he does not know what to do. He won't admit he's wrong about the surge which reminds me of Bush stubborness.
    The forum Saturday night did show America who was the "leader".
    Jack C
    Portland OR

    August 18, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Zack

    Not sure how this helps Obama. Delaware is a tiny state. Kaine, Sebelius, better choices.

    Biden also is known for making more than his fair share of gaffes.

    August 18, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Gary in VA

    The Hillary crew need to get a grip. If there are so loyal to her, help her pay off her campaign debt then I will be impress. I read Senator Obama raised 7.8 million dollars in 1 night. What does that tell you? In the lyrics of Maino "Hi Haters".

    August 18, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Greg

    TO THE 18,000,000 voters who supported Sen. Clinton: Do you need any further slaps in the face to see that Sen. Obama does not want Clinton supporters in his party?

    If we are too offensive for him to unite the party, then I urge you to spend the time you would typically spend volunteering for the party and our candidates and instead devote taht time to raising money for the Boys & Girls Club. Honestly, where will your efforts make more of an impact? Where will the be apprecaited?

    I am not urging folks to vote for McCain. But, please write Sen. Clinton's name in for President or leave that race blank.

    Why whould we support a candidate who wants to kick us out of his parts? I have been a Democrat my entire life. I have no interest in becoming and Obamacrat!

    August 18, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. judyb

    Biden will be Secretary of State.

    August 18, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. KenM

    So much for change, he shows he's the same ol' same ol', a consummate politician with this selection.....

    August 18, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. Kellie

    Hillary didn't win....WAH!! Go ahead and vote for someone who stands for the exact opposite of everything Hillary Clinton stands for.

    He'll win without the fair weather "Democrats".

    Obama/Biden 08!!!!

    August 18, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. Bill

    Too bad about Biden. You'd think Obama would pick someone with a spine to offset his own lack therof.

    August 18, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. geecee827

    I like Sen. Biden – but for Secretary of State rather than V.P. He is qualified for both, however. So, if he's going to be the V.P. who should Obama choose for Sec'y. of State?

    August 18, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. Jon

    Biden.... hmmmmm. Didn't Barak play the race card on him early in the primary???

    Biden had an interesting synopsis of Obama's early campaign.

    August 18, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Billy

    Clinton will never see the nomination.

    If Obama loses, the party will blame Clinton and her name will be mud.

    If Obama wins, the next nomination will be 2016 and most likely, she will be old news.

    Clinton has done this to herself with her scorched earth primary campaign policy.

    Even at a time when every Democrat should be banding together to fight off the Republican machine, her cult followers (not all of her followers, just the radical ones) are trying to divide the party.

    August 18, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. dl

    these comments are funny...

    the guy has more qualifications to be President if something happened to ewither of the candidates than anyone...

    He also has gotten more accomplished in congress in the past year with a broken system...than anyone...

    and he wrote a prescient OP ed with Dick Lugar about the Russia Georgia thing that shows how to talk about the conflict unlike John mcCain's stupidly aggressive and ignorant sabre rattling that made the situation worse and he had handed to him from randy Scheunneman ...the lobbyist for a government that was warned by people like Joe Biden to stop the heated actions they were taking... because exactly this might happen.

    Please people read what's going on .. whether you think he talks too much or not....Joe Biden is the guy we want as anyone's right hand man in the White House.

    August 18, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Newer than Hillary?

    I suppose this old white guy does NOT represent the same old wahington where good ideas go to die. Or Kerry or Ted.

    But HRC- with her brilliant UNIVERSAL Health care plan- DID?

    Apparently, She was just the same as all those other centrist populist middle aged white women chock full of intelligence and experience who have dominated the presidency for too long.

    Who are these smart, educated voters who think this poorly and illogically?

    August 18, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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