August 23rd, 2008
07:32 AM ET
10 years ago

Biden gets congrats from GOP colleague

Republican Lugar is congratulating Biden.

Republican Lugar is congratulating Biden.

(CNN) - A senior Republican senator is congratulating Democrat Joe Biden on being picked as Barack Obama's running mate.

Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana put out a statement Saturday saying, "I congratulate Senator Barack Obama on his selection of my friend, Senator Joe Biden, to be his vice-presidential running mate. I have enjoyed for many years the opportunity to work with Joe Biden to bring strong bipartisan support to United States foreign policy."

Lugar made the statement as he was enroute to Tbilisi, the capital of the Republic of Georgia.

Lugar also commented on his fellow senator from Indiana, Democrat Evan Bayh, who was also considered to be on the shortlist of Obama's potential running mates.

"I share the disappointment of many Hoosiers that my partner in the Senate, Evan Bayh, was not selected on this occasion, but I believe he will continue to have widespread support for higher office during many years ahead."

UPDATE: A McCain Campaign aide tells CNN’s Dana Bash that the Senator from Arizona will call Biden at some point this morning to congratulate him.

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soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Wise words

    Thank you, Senator Lugar, for your candor. We will need it.

    The louder Biden's detractors are, the more afraid they sound.

    OBAMA-BIDEN 08/2012
    BIDEN-OBAMA 2016/2020!!!

    August 23, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Danny, OH

    God Bless you Mr. Lugar. You are one of the Americans who have vision and not one of those John Boehners

    August 23, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. AsBee

    Well, well, well. "Change we can count on" Looks like the "change" is the ever changing positions.

    Yes will certainly go out and vote. All registered democrats should go out and vote – VOTE for John McCain 🙂

    Registered Democrat for McCain 🙂

    August 23, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Ajay Jain TX, USA

    Senator Lugar has shown Sen McSame what graciousness is all about. Senior Sen McSame should have shown some deferance towards senior Sen Biden. Not McSame!!!

    August 23, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Eleanor

    its nice to see one republican who can come out and say something nice about obamas pick and keep his opinions on the high road
    kudos to you Dick Lugar for that for their will be few
    Biden will be good for Obama and people should not be so quick to judge him for not picking Hillary
    perhaps Hillary and Obama talked about a more forceful role in his cabinet
    like attorney general or secretary of state or something to do with health care.hillary would bring a lot to any vital role and maybe thats what *she wanted* when she lost in the primaries not vp
    Biden is a good pick

    August 23, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Michigan Independent

    Boehner could use some diplomacy lessons from Lugar....

    August 23, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Trannon

    Dick Lugar is one of the very few Republicans who has the slightest bit of common sense and decency.

    August 23, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Karen - Missouri

    the Obama/Biden ticket is going to generate SO much excitement! Change AND experience will be a great leadership duo to lead this country from the mess of Bush

    August 23, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Rolando

    The race is on. It looks like it will be between two very rich guys and two not so rich guys. We already know what the two rich guys are capable of doing. I will be voting for the two guys closer to my income of the lower ones.

    August 23, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. tired of wash.insiders.

    another washington politician that has destroyed our nation.they are all the same.biden is not change.just more of the same.

    August 23, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Willa-PA

    Great choice-anyone voting for McCain and who-ever he picks as his running mate, get what they deserve and have no right to complain when they get the same of what we've had for the last 8 years…
    This Obama/Biden ticket is a great balance no matter what the pundits and Republicans will be saying. Team work is what is needed to make what was once a great country, before Bush, great again

    August 23, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Marion Kaple

    Thanks Sen Luger for being a gentleman

    August 23, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Colonel Reb

    Both career politicians who spent their career inside the Washington Beltway. Abraham Lincoln delivered on a promise to only serve one 2-year term in Congress, and also served a few terms in the rough-and-tumble Illinios legislature. Jesse Ventura for President!

    August 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Rambler

    Senator Lugar is a real gentleman whose whole political career has been illustrious. I lived in Indianapolis when he was its mayor in the 1960's, and although I've always been a registed Democrat, I have also admired Lugar.

    August 23, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Latinos for Obama/Biden

    This is a Republican that gets my respect. It is rare but it can happen.

    Thank you Mr. Lugar for showing your true colors.

    August 23, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. sad day

    i was really hoping for change.i'm glad all these old guys are so happy with each other.we'll never gain control of our government,now.biden is not change.

    August 23, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Will, NJ

    McCain is going to congratulate him while his cronies stick a sign on his back.

    August 23, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Armageddan is coming soon!!

    Go ahead moderate........

    August 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. gluvnast

    chuck hagel applauded this too....

    August 23, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Armageddan is coming soon!!

    Go ahead, moderate this........

    August 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Luis

    Comical.....Borat has chosen his puppet master, LOL. Bigger ego and more arrogant.....great pick Dimocrats..............the guy who also realized early on Obama is an empty suit, oh, the pain, my ribs are killin me 🙂

    Biden is Borat's Cheney..........................

    America must Vote McCain or join the insane

    August 23, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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