August 22nd, 2008
11:58 PM ET
10 years ago

The focus narrows on one man


It increasingly appears Barack Obama will name Joe Biden as his running mate. (Getty Images)

(CNN) - As his major competitors slipped out of contention late Friday night, Senator Joe Biden of Delaware emerged as the top remaining contender for the Democratic vice presidential nomination.

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana and Senator Hillary Clinton of New York - presumptive nominee Barack Obama's main primary season rival – have all been informed that they will not be the Illinois senator's running mate, sources tell CNN.

Neither Biden – a 1988 presidential candidate – nor Obama's campaign has commented on whether or not he has been asked to join the Democratic ticket. An official announcement of Obama's final pick is expected within hours.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. California Voter For Obama/Biden '08

    This is great news. I love Biden. I love Obama. I agree wholeheartedly with Obama's choice. An Obama/Biden ticket is quite a strong and impressive one and one that has my vote.

    August 23, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  2. Marsha Clark

    If Biden is such a great VP why has he been so unsuccessful in his presidential bids. Havne't people already spoken about how they feel about Biden?

    Marsha Clark, Dallas, TX

    August 23, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  3. Another White Head!

    Now Mc Cain doesn't look so old!!

    Just think of how old Mc Cain would have looked next to Obama and Evan Bhye , They would look like CHANGE , Fresh ,young ,new,

    But Obama picks Biden, He's been part of washington politics longer than Hillary. Yet apparently that is what was wrong with Hillary she is old washington politics.
    He wanted to represent new politics a change, well this shows how desperate he is, remember Obama is a Poll watcher, He's Scared now!

    August 23, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  4. Tikyoak-Kuoth

    Go Obama/Biden08!!!

    August 23, 2008 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  5. B. DUN

    I can not see, where Biden would even think of standing by a indecisive,,

    ignorant,,and loud mouthed idiot.

    I always had great respect for Biden, however, I guess the appeal of being president,which he lost, satisfies his ego, by being a tenyative V/P

    August 23, 2008 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  6. Stevo

    Most polls show McCain and Obama in a statistical dead heat overall.
    However it does show that Obama has a huge lead with the younger voters and McCain with the reverse. It also shows that the younger voters are loosing interest and the numbers are growing by the day of those that aren't planning on voting in the National election.

    Do you think picking the old true DC Beltway boy as a VP will help that?

    August 23, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  7. Tomek

    The focus will never be on Biden.
    Barack Obama has a fantastic chance of becoming the next president
    For better or worse, I just hope we are all ready for 2008, 2012, today, and beyond.
    I'm not talking ghosts or superstitions here, I'm taking war, bloodshed, One World Government, hope, and Humanity, as far as the Singularity can take us today.
    Let's have some fun today people.
    Take yours own version God for once, will you?>

    August 23, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  8. Mildred Herbert

    My prayer had been answer; You're the best.

    August 23, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  9. sandra-california


    August 23, 2008 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  10. mr snooze

    Well, now we know the Dems wont win now.......

    August 23, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  11. Michelle

    Steve they are ALL politicians ... Joe Biden is a fine man and he will take the fight to McCain

    August 23, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  12. Renee

    Obama /Biden GO and win the white house back!!!!

    August 23, 2008 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  13. mary warren

    See how much of a hypocrite Biden and Obama are they are good for each other but not for this ailing country. Two simpletons to run the country, well we went from critical care to ICU. We just can't get it right. Well, Hillary should be glad that she is not with this idiot. He will run us further into the dirt with Biden on one side and his ghetto as wife on the other. This is going to pan out well. I don't have very many of Hillary supporters sticking with her request to back Obama, I know that I will not. And no I won't vote for McCain either he is just as stupid and crooket.

    August 23, 2008 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  14. OBAMA is a joke......

    The people that vote for this guy are all brain washed sheep! BAAH BAAH!! I still don't know what he has actually accomplished. And he sad part is, that's because he hasn't accomplished anything, and chosing Biden proves just that!!

    August 23, 2008 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  15. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    Great Choice. Biden has the brains and
    The ticket reads: OB Oh Boy!!
    Watch out McWar You haven't a chance and further more we don't need you.

    August 23, 2008 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  16. FLorida Daryl

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!

    To those that think Hillary should have been VP, do realize that the choice is ultimately to the presidential nominee (be fair now-this is the person Obama will have at his side much of the time. Hillary, quite frankly, is too much for her own good. She's not careful and calculated (I think the Republicans were ready to attack her about the debt she has-'Reckless speding'). She will NO DOUBT have a part in the administration when the Dems win (Looking foward to it too).

    Perhaps it takes a Washington Insider (on the right path) to tell a Washington Insider (that wants to continue the same policies that has our economy Jacked Up-- billions in a war–just imagine if we didn't go to Iraq-that was Bush's fault....anyway..)...

    Biden will show up McCains foreign policy credentials (remember that little gaffe Liberman had to clarify for McCain... even the Suni Awakening)

    McCain can stick to his charming and honorable (courageous even) war stories– I respect him and the Veterans for that.

    If you don't know already He's a Vietnam War Vet. (BUT–WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH , like, THE FUTURE OF AMERICA.)

    McCain is doing ok because he is drilling the conservative talking points. Majority of Americans dislike the idea of Gay Marriage, Are against abortions......But those are STATES ISSUES... not the president directly.

    Wake UP!!! CHANGES need to be made– Why maintain failure (George Bush's Policies). Bush failed America on many important levels.

    One thing you can't say about Mr. Clinton is that: he messed up our economy, because he didn't–we had a surplus (Do you remember that America). We can impeach a president ANY day, but we ca'n't impeach the results of their administration.

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08! 🙂

    August 23, 2008 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  17. Ken

    Obama's choice is going to cost him and the democrat party the White House.

    If Obama had chosen Hillary Clinton, it would have been a slam dunk to beat McCain, now instead myself and others like me that supported Hillary Clinton are now going to vote for McCain just to make sure that Obama does not win!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  18. J. McCaskill, Mississippi

    Well it is definitely official, John McCain will be gettting my vote. This has nothing to do with being childish or being sore losers. The fact of the matter is that Hillary Clinton was the better candidate. She had better specific plans to move the country foward. It is sad to see that the democrats have nominated a bunch of hot air in this lame excuse of a ticket.

    John McCain 2008
    Hillary Clinton 2012

    August 23, 2008 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  19. Now That's A Winning Ticket

    Smart move Obama!

    August 23, 2008 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  20. Cali Gali

    Now that's a winning ticket. Smart move Obama.

    August 23, 2008 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  21. Charlotte

    They can steal each others speeches. That is one thing I remember about Biden. I have read many comments and what people do not realize is that a majority of voters don’t watch the news that much, most don’t blog and most will look at the color of his skin and the sound of his name. It is unfortunate, but none the less true. Most have heard of Rev. Wright and all that “GD America” will be in their heads. Most have heard of his grand stadium speeches. The upcoming debates will show how unprepared Obama is to lead. If he answers first, he sucks.. His supporters even feel McCain knew the question before hand on the Saturday night program. Was that because their guy, failed miserably? He hum haws and cannot answer quick and neat..How does a person who, lets say knows the question on a test, effect the other persons grade? Does the person who gets a A cause the other person to get a D?

    August 23, 2008 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  22. troy

    I think this choice is very appropriate..........One walks on water and the other is old enough to be His Father!!!

    August 23, 2008 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  23. Gene

    Don't worry Vince... PUMA people will always complain. They love Hillary. Forget the fact that she couldn't even take control of her campaign and decide which plan of attack to use. Forget the fact that she was incapable of controlling her campaign finances. Forget the fact that she doesn't have the common sense to stop campaigning after she's mathematically eliminated. And of course.. forget the fact that her entire campaign was tears and general campaign cliche statements.

    And wait.. Hillary is still trying to put her name into nomination even after she lost! She still hasn't "campaigned her rear off" for Obama as promised. She's still endorsing him through gritting teeth. Why would Obama possibly want her as a VP.. and why would he possibly want to pay off her debts which were self induced out of sheer stupidity?

    August 23, 2008 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  24. holla!

    He needed an older white guy to combat McGeriatric, was this really so unexpected??

    August 23, 2008 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  25. LT for Obama

    Here is the thing. Not matter who Obama would have chosen, they would have been a part of "Old Washington". Think about it for a moment.

    Now think about the fact that OBAMA is the one who will be leading in a new way, not his VP choice.

    I find it amazing that so many of you just want to find an excuse to not vote for the better candidate. If he has chosen Hillary, you would have found some reason to find fault in that.

    All of you need nay-sayers need to grow up and look at the issues at stake and make your choices based on that not hurt feelings or perceived injustices.

    Women, do you really want McCain to take away your choice to govern your BODY? He has promised to do just that if he is elected.

    August 23, 2008 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
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