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. Tom from Pennsylvania

    While I think Hillary might be the best choice to bring the party together, so long as we dont have another 4 years of McSame, I am happy!

    August 18, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Seattle Sue

    Joe Biden would be a good choice. If McCain would just pick Lieberman, the race would be in the bag for the Dems.

    August 18, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Garry

    Dissapointing to say the least. I still will either write in Clinton or just not vote!
    Where are the really good candidates? Sorry group for this election, extremely bad move on the part of the DNC.

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

    RIGHT CHOICE

    OBAMA/BIDEN O8

    August 18, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Tired of W, OH

    Biden was always one of my early favorites in the campaign. I admire his straight-talk approach that many Americans seemed to like about Dubya, but unlike Dubya, Biden has the experience and intelligence to back it up.

    I think that he'd be the perfect VP pick. While I think that Obama would do well with any of the others, the repubs would pick apart the ticket if Obama would choose someone without years of experience.

    GObama '08

    August 18, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. JJ Jones

    Biden. I hope he is the choice. He is one of my favorite politicians. He has the experience that Obama needs. And the VP debates would be fun. He's a straight shooter.

    August 18, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Thomas

    I guess I don't know much about this gentleman. I hope that we can get the facts and not just opinions about Mr. Biden. I tire of opinions. If selected, I hope that Senator Biden can add to Mr. Obama's chances of getting elected. This country needs a political enema. We have experienced years of corruption at all levels of government This behavior has prevented us from progressing as a nation. I can't understand why people are so reluctant to change. Especially when change is so needed.

    August 18, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Berndt Seattle, WA

    It doesn't matter who NObama picks – he isn't going to win in November. During the Presidential Forum on Saturday, NObama once again showed how ill prepared he is to be POTUS. Without a teleprompter and canned speech he is lost out on his own (much like the last guy who learned on the job).

    August 18, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. mary, colorado springs

    Obama and Biden. Perfect pair to win the White House.

    August 18, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Laura

    My first choice for VP! Smartest choice he can make, I hope he goes for it with Biden.

    Hillary supporters, grow up. Be smart and vote for the lesser of two evils if that's all you can see. It only shows ignorance not to back up the candidate (Obama) with the ideals closest to your former pick (Clinton) just because you're mad and sore losers. Let's get on with it.

    Democrats '08

    August 18, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Upon Further Review

    Joe all the way.

    August 18, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. MCSHAME LEFT HIS FIRST WIFE!

    NO HILLARY

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    August 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Tere

    If anyone thinks that Hillary has a snowballs chance in November to win the presidential election, I think you'll be sadly disappointed.

    There is no way that she'll win the general election...there are just too many strong emotions people have AGAINST her.

    If folks want this country to remain on the same track as in the last 8 years...then so be it.

    August 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. JAMES

    My pick for Obama's VP would be Mr Richardson from New Mexico. I really think this would be his best choice. We (Democrats) have got to ensure a win in November (We won in 2000 and 2004). We must figure out where the Republicans are going to cheat this time around and try to stop them.

    August 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. McBoob

    Hillary has way more foreign war experience. she brokered peace treaties and made countires sign terms of surrender. She has served the nation on the battlefronts and survive Yugolavia. She is the Winston Churchill and Mikail Gorbachev of our era...

    August 18, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. greenfun

    Someone has to make BO look capable.

    August 18, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Done with Dems

    No No No!!!! Take Kaine.
    Please!

    McCain/08

    August 18, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. fella from Chicago

    Senator Biden won't appease the Hillary supporters and Delaware was already in the Democratic column so not a lot would be gained from this pick. Good man though. Anxious to see who the Dems do choose and then who the Repubs check-mate with. Getting down to the nitty-gritty.

    August 18, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. The Main Man in Kentucky

    I'm still saying Evan Bayh.

    August 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. MD in GA

    I like Biden. I hope he chooses him as the VP. Good sharp personality contrast between Obama and Biden. Yet same basic ideals. Should strike the right balance.

    August 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Zeppelin79

    This guy seems to know allot and even thought about supporting him but I almost thought that he was kind of a racist. I

    August 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Deb

    Biden is a good choice for VP. Also, I agree with Abby, after watching the forum (before even knowing that McCain had been late) I wondered if he had overheard Obama. Especially when he did not even think about his answer and yelled General Petraeus. Also, when discussing abortions he wanted to talk about the judges. I feel he and his advisors cheated. Wouldn't that be a surprise!

    August 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. walterb

    Hey Erin...Go ahead and write in Hillary for President. You'll just get McCain you fool.

    August 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. Austin Obama

    NEWS BULLENTIN FOR HILLARY SUPPORTERS !!!!!

    This is the best choice for you guys because if Barack wins and wins again in 2012 Joe Biden willl be 76 yrs old and will mostlikely not run for president at that age giving Hillary a clear shot at 68yrs old which is younger than McCain. !!!!

    August 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Kathy in Indiana

    Love Biden! He doesn't take any crap from conservatives. During the Hill hearing years ago, he told Orin Hatch that he would allow just one more question then he was going to "shut him off". The way he said it through clinched teeth – just what we need in this country to tell the Republicans that they've had 14 years of controll and have messed it up big time...time for the Democrats to take over with a veto proof majority and clean house and get this country back to where it should be!

    August 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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