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


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soundoff (374 Responses)
  1. Doris,Memphis, TN

    Right man for the job!
    Joseph Biden

    August 18, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. HM

    Nothing like a solid Dem from the Northeast to expand the voter base for BOB. Should be entertaining but the Dems will definitely have to tone down their hysteria when McCain mis-speaks b/c Biden has a long history of spouting "interesting" sound bites.

    August 18, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Alice in Florida

    Who cares? Obama will be finished after the debates. He proved that again by stuttering his way through the answers on Saturday. He is lost without a pre-written speech on the teleprompter.

    McCain '08 for Hillary '12

    August 18, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. John Johnson

    For Christ's sake, all these whiny Hillary fans need to get over it. She lost. It's over. Now the country needs a democrat in office to repair all the damage inflicted on the United States - and the world, for that matter - by Bush and Cheney.
    Just suck it up and be a decent American. Do your part: Vote Democrat.

    August 18, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. kel

    Joe Biden is a good choice and you explained why write in Hillary
    name make no sense to me. But that is your right but if things do not get better under McCain than you Hillary supporters will have her to blamed

    August 18, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Barry Soetoro

    He better do something after that rediculous showing the other night... avoid all questions at all costs is not a good policy for the POTUS...

    August 18, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Steve, Jacksonville, Fl

    Joe Biden would be an excellent choice. When it comes to foreign affairs, there is no one more knowledgable on either side of the aisle. Plus, he knows John Mcain very well and all his weaknesses (and there are many!). Biden will stand toe to toe with the Repugs in the campaign and effectively counterpunch every negative attack.

    August 18, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Darius

    This would be a good VP pick!

    August 18, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. PUMA SCHMUMA

    You PUMA people are really pathetic, you know that? Biden has MUCH more experience than Hillary so if that's the basis for your reason for supporting her, you should be happy to have Biden on the ticket. But we all know that's not the real reason. PUMA's are a weird, dangerously obsessive cult of personality.

    August 18, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Obama selection of Biden would not be the best choice, but the wisest one. Biden can fill in the void of weakness of foreign policy for Obama. And as far as the comment for NotFallingline.org......Hillary's potential in 2012........she will be as historical as McCain......time is the greatest thief........remember......she will be about 69......3 years shy of what McCain is now.

    August 18, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    I will not vote for Obama nor McCain, yet will still vote.
    But if McCain chooses Ridge, I WILL vote for Obama. This madness has to stop sometime.

    Interesting predictions for 2012. The Mayans had some too, as I recall.
    The nice thing about predictions is their errancy.

    August 18, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Dylan

    Vice President Biden will be such a breath of fresh air after 8 years of Sata... errr... Cheney.

    August 18, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. ChicagoJosh

    The Georgia president requested his visit?? Wow, thats way more impressive than McCain's sending his lackeys there for political games. I'd be happy with Biden, but I perfer Hagel.

    Either way, Obama will win.

    August 18, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. DR. YES

    i still like clark

    August 18, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. JB in NJ

    Angie in Dallas – I agree. Biden was my first choice for President also. I would be very happy to have him as Obama's VEEP candidate.
    GO JOE!!!!

    August 18, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Fools for Obama

    Now there is the new look- not white, not male, not old, not a washington insider. Finally.... the change is here... HE looks much different than the men on my money.

    But HRC- SHE was the same old washington insider.

    With hypocrisy and irrational thinking like that- who needs good judgement?

    Certainly not the messiah Obama.

    August 18, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Mauri

    What state will this Delaware resident bring to Obama's column?

    August 18, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Foreign Observer

    Biden, fantastic! He's sharp, he has tons of experience, great judgment, a fighter, he's witty, he'll take McCain and his right wing war mongerers down with his left pinky. I hope it's true.

    Erin, "writing in Hillary" means a Supreme Court staffed by Right Wingers for decades. If you liked Hillary's policies, Obama's the only choice for you.

    August 18, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. M. Ames, Syracuse

    Why don't you people lay off the Hillary crap? You are obviously either Republicans or, to put it kindly, "low information voters."

    She lost. Get on with your otherwise empty lives.

    August 18, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Island Girl

    Still won't get my vote– only way I'll vote for Obama is if Hillary Clinton is on the ticket too. Otherwise, I just won't vote. Yeah, I know that's like "not responsible", but that's the way it is. I think Obama is just a nice face in a nice suit.... as the Texans say, "All hat, no cattle."

    The DNC has made a mess of this whole process. The Democrats could have been guaranteed a landslide victory in November if they had just let the primary process work itself out legitimately. Instead, they felt the need to bow to Obama from the get-go, to screw around with the FL & MI primaries, and to publicly disrespect Hillary Clinton. Guess the good ol' boys forgot that about half those voters out there were actually women. What's the line??? Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned? Well, they'll find out in November. BTW, the DNC needs to 86 Howard Dean asap. The guy is a total idiot.

    August 18, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. mary

    Erin- I agree. I am a delawarian and though I would love to vote for Biden, I will be writing Hillary in this year.
    Biden has done a wonderful job in this state for years, but the fact still remains that Obama has no experience and barely any experience at the Senate level. Wartime is not the time to put a rookie in. He seems like a nice guy with a lot of good ideas (some I don't agree with), but the change he is looking for is going to take more than one man. The Congress will eat this man alive and send him back with his tail between his legs.

    August 18, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. hey you kids get off my lawn

    grow up, erin. there are never any good choices, hillary included. the choice is between a clear continuation of the disastrous bush policies and something different. unknown to a certain extent, but not the (mc)same. writing in hillary is not only a waste of your vote (and don't try to spin the "principle" argument – politics is not about principles), but helps mccain.

    grow up.

    August 18, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. joeknows

    Tim is a nice guy and good at his current job, but he has no foreign policy experience. Obama has no foreign policy experience and he and Tim Kaine would be picked apart.

    August 18, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. MCSHAME LEFT HIS FIRST WIFE!

    GO BIDEN, I LOVE YOU

    August 18, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. nick

    Biden is a great choice for VP. Actually he was my forst choice for President. Solid as a rock, he will effectively give Obama the Foreign Policy credibility that he lacks.

    August 18, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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