(CNN) - Hillary Clinton on Saturday praised Barack Obama's choice of Joe Biden as his VP.
"In naming my colleague and friend Senator Joe Biden to be the Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Obama has continued in the best traditions for the Vice Presidency by selecting an exceptionally strong, experienced leader and devoted public servant. Senator Biden will be a purposeful and dynamic Vice President who will help Senator Obama both win the Presidency and govern this great country," she said in an issued statement.
(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.
(CNN) - John McCain’s campaign – which regularly cites Hillary Clinton’s primary season criticism of Barack Obama - gave a hint early Saturday they might use the same approach against an Obama-Biden ticket.
“There has been no harsher critic of Barack Obama’s lack of experience than Joe Biden,” said McCain spokesman Ben Porritt, in a statement sent to reporters shortly after multiple sources told CNN the presumptive Democratic nominee had selected the Delaware senator as his running mate.
“Biden has denounced Barack Obama’s poor foreign policy judgment and has strongly argued in his own words what Americans are quickly realizing - that Barack Obama is not ready to be President.”
(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama has picked Delaware Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate, multiple Democratic sources tell CNN.
The longtime Democratic senator was long considered a likely choice for vice president, but the buzz surrounding him intensified after he returned earlier this week from a two-day trip to the Republic of Georgia after Russian troops invaded.
Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, brings years of experience that could help counter GOP arguments that an Obama administration would be inexperienced on foreign policy.
(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama has selected Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his running mate on the Democratic ticket for the White House, three Democratic sources told CNN.