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. Ann

    I sooooo hope it's Biden! Talk about a straight talker and a perfect complement to Obama.

    August 18, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Jim

    This should be interesting...I was hoping for Bayh, but Joe Biden is still a good pick.

    August 18, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Reggie

    People get over it! Hillary isn't winning! The woman's movement has been sent back 10 years due to all the whinning an complaining they are doing. How is someone suppose to take you seriously when you appear to be pouting and crying?

    August 18, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Shakur

    I think Biden would make a great choice for VP. He has a strong background in foreign policy and it is a direct and intelligent person. It is just what Obama needs.

    August 18, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. HRC 4 McCain

    1 week late Obama... Mac already sent 2 to Georgia.

    But way to follow exactly what he does yet again.

    If Saturday night was any indication... The choice for POTUS got a lot simpler for me. Can't believe there was any debate in my mind.

    How can anyone even vote for a divider... He says he wants unity, but the fact is even Saturday he said things that divide. He wasn't straight with his answers and left so much of his answers vague trying to appease everyone.

    Obama's talk is all about the polls...
    McCain's talk is all about America...

    Voting McCain this year...

    August 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Change?

    Thank God... for a minute I thought we might end up with another good ole white man washington insider....

    I mean what speaks of freshness and change better than an old white male democrat?

    August 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Rick, PA

    Democrates not falling in line will get just what they deserve. And if Obama somehow loses, I hope the next 4 years of McCain hits them the hardest. And for Hillary – you think we will forget what you are doing this year?? Just wait my little pretties, just wait!!

    August 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Alisa--GA

    I think he will be a great VP.

    August 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    People thinking McCain has an advantage over Obama on foreign policy are only fooling themselves. The problem is if the Obama campaign points out these facts they will be accused of being unpatriotic and we all know people gobble that line up hook line and sinker.

    McCain surrendered and spent 5 years as a P.O.W. so what! He is an out of touch remnant from decades gone by and is now on the verge of senility.

    Let's face it taking a trip to Iraq and then lying to Americans on how safe it is there that you could stroll to the market is just as rotten a lie as those told by the Bush administration to suck everyone into backing the invasion and killing 100's of thousands of innocent men, women and children. Grow up America it's time everyone opened their eyes.

    August 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Gary

    Biden would be an excellent choice. You Clinton supporters had better wake up and start smelling the coffee! Do you really want to see John McCain in the White House???

    August 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. McCloud

    Go ahead write in Hillary and kiss Roe v Wade goodbye. PUMAs for Back to 1972!

    August 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. INDY 4 OBAMA

    This is great news. Sen Biden is the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in the 110th Congress. He will be a great addition to Obamas white house run.

    Personally, I like Biden because he tells it like it is...unlike some other people who claim to "straight talk."

    August 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Tom

    get over yourselves. hillary is gone for 2008. Quit trying to make it an issue, because frankly everyone is sick of hearing her die hard supporters complain. Democracy chose Obama as the nominee, so let it play. Quit being sore losers.

    August 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. fred

    Biden,

    My goodnes, – BIden the friend of Hugo Chavez – This will definetly affect in a negative way.

    August 18, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Greg

    thats really a good choice considering he brought in less than 1% of the vote in the primaries... Obama is really listening to the people... signs of how if presidency will be...

    August 18, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. Daki

    I thought people chose the democratic party platform because of thier ideals,not because of a person who feels they are entitled to a throne.Many people call Richardson a traitor,I just hope you grab that title for your selves when you vote against your party,ideals,and best interest.It should not matter who the v.p. is,as long as you share the ideas with the party.The democratic party is supposed to be accepting of all who share thier platform.

    August 18, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    The problem with Republicans is that they DO consider themselves to be in the pay grade to act like God and determine for others what they consider to be the best decision. I prefer someone who listens to others and recognizes that he should NOT play God!

    August 18, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Old Stradlater

    The top six Democratic candidates: Obama, Clinton, Edwards, Biden, Dodd, and Richardson were all better choices than McCain or anyone else the Republicans offered. Biden would be an excellent choice as would any of the other leading candidates, save Edwards (and only because his scandal killed his political career).

    I also like Kaine but he would be more of a gamble. With Biden you know what you're getting. He would be a great attack dog (remember "a noun, a verb, and 9/11") and has an extremely accomplished record of service in the Senate.

    August 18, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Nabil, Athens GA

    I surely hope so... Although... Biden would've been an amazing Secretary of State.

    However, Biden will skewer ANY VP candidate that John McCain can dish up – and the result will be glorious.

    August 18, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Nan

    Biden would be a good choice. He is definitely not as polarizing as Hillary Clinton. He brings a great deal to the table and is well respected. He could hold his own in any debate with any choice of runnig mate for John McCain. As an individual who voted for Hillary in the primaries, I feel she would be the worst possible choice for Obama. She and the PUMAs have begun to look like people who only care for themselves and not this country. There would be so much baggages with her that it would hand the election to McCain.

    August 18, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Kevin

    We should be well satisfied with Joe Biden. He was the top debater during his short stint in the primaries. He's a walking encycolpedia when it comes to foreign policy and he's well respected in the Senate.

    August 18, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Obamanation

    At least he is not a washington insider like Hillary.

    And I love the way he put heart and soul into championing a UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE PLAN for all Americans.

    Finally a new look- dollar bill, anyone?- to our democratic and national leadership.

    Way to go, Obama.

    Yes, newbies, that is irony and sarcasm. I am NOT praising your Obamagod.

    August 18, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. gangsteroctopus

    Yes, yes, YES! Joe Biden is the MAN. Foreign policy experience, gravitas, the wisdom that comes with years...he's the ideal running mate for Barack Obama. Go, Joe, GO!

    And by the way, who are these moron Hillary supporters making the same old gripey comments here? She lost and you lost, so shut the hell up and accept that the Era of the Clintons is finally OVER, thank God. You want McSame to win, cut off your nose to spite your face? Good – then keep running your mouths about how awful and unjust it was Billary didn't get the nomination. WHATEVER.

    August 18, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Omar

    Biden has the wrong foreign policy experience. He voted to authorize the mess in Iraq. Biden is also a shill for the credit industry.

    August 18, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. David H

    Biden is perfectly capable of being President (which is much more than I could say about the disaster that is Barak Obama). He will talk/bore us to death, but he can do the job. He will also completely outshine the main candidate, which will not be a good think. Same with Evan Bayh. Doesn't really matter. Look at the demographics of the country 1988, 1992, 1996 (kind of an off year...), 2000, and especially 2004. Elections are decided by the right of center voters, not the left wing crazies or the right wing nut jobs. Obama doesn't have a snow ball's chance in hell of being elected. The left wing media might love him, but the country does not, and that is already showing in his continually slipping polls. (And they hated Hillary even more, which is why they are left with Obama in the first place)

    McCain might be next to worthless, but he will be a shoe in on election day.

    August 18, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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