(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.
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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.
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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.
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So, Erin...In fact and deed, you'll be voting for McCain with your write in ballot for Sen. Clinton.
I THINK OBAMA SHOULD CONSIDER BIDEN AS HIS VP .
MACAIN THINK GOING TO WAR TO KILL PEOPLE WILL SOLVE
PROBLEMS AROUND THE WORLD. BUSH & MACIAN HAS MESS
UP THIS COUNTRY AND ONLY OBAMA WILL BRING CHANGE TO
THIS COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.
I love how Obama is all about change, but is considering bringing in one of the oldest career politicians as his wing man. Hypocrit?
I am one of those people that had Biden for a first choice for Pres.but never an Obama no matter who he picks. We need a Biden on both tickets. But Obama won't pick him because I don't believe that Biden will be a "YES man" and bow down to Obama. What he wants is someone that won't rock is ego or call him down when needed. And what America needs if he is elected is someone that can keep a thumb on him but it will never happen.
I like Biden. He's sharp, unafraid to speak his mind, and when it comes to foreign policy, he knows what he's talking about.
" Rudy Giuliani. There's only three things he mentions in a sentence - a noun, a verb, and 9/11. "
This Would Be A Great Choice And Be A Sure Victory Come November!
Biden would make a great VP. He and Obama have good chemistry. Biden helps Obama with foreign policy and national security creds. Good choice and sure winner!
Joe Biden is perfect. great ticket!!
what about change?? he is an old guy being in office for a long long time...
Joe Biden as VP would be a great (probably the best) choice for Obama to make. It's obvious that someone with his background is needed to round out the ticket so hopefully it's a "win win" situation for all of us!
This will be find by me because will have us in another
war and with china.Biden,would make a good VP can't
go wrong.Kaine will be a choice as well,and maybe Biden
Secty of State
Excellent choice..............................for McCain's election!
I still say go with Kerry...that would be awesome.
And that Forum WAS a joke, something is not right about McCain's answers. Regardless, Obama came across WAY more honest than his opponent anyway.
The great plagiarist. So much for changing directions in this country.
Joe would make a phenomenal VP! With his experience and level-headedness he would bring a great balance to Obama. I hope it happens! KP in Ohio.
GET THAT SHORE BIRD INTO THE VP SLOT!!!!!!!!!!! couldnt be happier
I am so bitter that Hillary didnt win the nomination i'll either vote for McCain or write in Hillary! BIDEN IS NOT HILLARY!!!
That will be a good choice.
He would be an an excellent choice. He has the gravitas needed and would surely wipe the floor w/ any selection made by McCain. I would have preferred Hillary at the top of the ticket w/ Obama as her # 2, but Biden is actually the most qualified of any of the also-rans, more so than Edwards, who lately has not been able to keep his pants on. There goes that Attorney General nomination.
Any VP is better than the we have.
funny, no matter where they can, the libs cry 'FOUL' when obama demonstrates for the first time, in an arena where he much speak without a teleprompter, that his depth of knowledge is that of a thimble. It could never be that the media's messiah might not be as well versed as McCain – it has to be CHEATING!
AN INSIDER TO THE OBAMA CAMP TOLD ME THAT IT WILL BE JOE BIDEN ON FRIDAY IS THE ANOUNCEMENT.
Great choice – Either Biden or Richardson for strengthed foreign policy experience. Obama is so much brighter than McCain. Barack will do great in foreign policies. HE HAS IT ALL – ALL THAT IT TAKES TO BE THE BEST PRESIDENT IN MANY, MANY YEARS.
I think without Hillary, Obama cannot win. There was too much animosity generated by the primary process, and party unity will be essential to beat McCain. Symbolic unity is not enough to unite the party.
Please, please, Obama, we know you think you know it all, but in this case, you need to listen. We cannot afford four more years of a Republican president. McCain is a bigger threat than you realize.
The great plagiarist! So much for changing the direction of this country.