August 18th, 2008
12:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama VP buzz squarely on Biden

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. joe

    Sweet. Though, Obama could pick anyone and win because when he and McCain debate side by side you will see how much of a better pres. Obama will be then Grumpy McOil. The difference will be impossible to ignore and McCain can do nothing about it but lose another election!!! HA

    August 18, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. MB

    It would be a mistake for Obama to have a running mate more qualified for President that he is.

    August 18, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. m.pvoentud

    In my opinion Senator, Obama should pick Senator Biden,
    He'll make a good Vice president, also God forbid, (my prayers is with him always) anything happen to Obama, he is ready to command. He is also strong in foreign afairs, and should shut up McCain.

    Hillary would be a big mistake, I'm sorry to say that, in so many ways–one her negative is too high–two her husband(they say a president always is is president) and you can not give your opponent anything to interfere with Obama policies. –three Clinton adultery in the oval office, it will be a reminder, and some of us we don't want to be reminded, I have more but let stop there.

    August 18, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. pauline

    Well if this is true, Obama has just lost a key demographic for him to win in November: women over 40 who supported Hillary will consider a choice of a white guy who received no votes as the final "slap in the face" to women, who supported Hillary's historic candidacy. If the situation were reversed and Hillary had won by only a handful of delegates, Obama had received 18 million votes, and then she selected an unknown white male as VP instead of Obama, African Americans would be in the streets protesting in Denver and the Democratic party would come apart at the seams. Women may not be in the streets in November but many won't be voting for Obama/White Guy in November either.

    August 18, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. saeed rasheed

    Biden is a windbag whose solution to the Iraq violence is to break the country up into pieces. I think he is a poor choice and would sink the ticket .

    August 18, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. rhiannonrede

    I think Obama would be fool if he doesn't pick Joe Biden and Barack is no fool. He's got the foreign policy chops and he isn't boring like some of the other names floating around out there. He can also be an effective attack dog doing the more aggressive rebuttals to the Republican smear machine as well as doing well in V.P. debates. He had the funniest line of the Primary season, "noun, verb and 9/11" and he can think quickly, if not always perfectly on his feet. He is the strongest in the field.
    Little Rock, AR

    August 18, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. ANGIE

    I say biden is a good choice but me being an independent i was hoping for chuck hagel, But Biden is good!!!!! AS LONG AS OBAMA WINS!!!!! NO MCCAIN NOT NOW NOT EVER!!!!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. jsg

    Good! The best news since Obama decided to run for president. Joe Biden is the perfect choice and the two would seem to be well suited for these roles. Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now, Let's get moving!

    August 18, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. proud army and navy mom

    Please stop the speculation CNN and report the facts. I like Biden, too but it's all just speculation.

    How about opening up comments on how mccain got the questions on the forum before he got there.

    How the mcbush wouldn't or couldn't answer the questions but instead told war prisioners stories. And please report on the fact that he only just added that the one about him seeing two christians at the forum at the christian forum. He never mentioned them in the same story that he has told repeatedly, how convenient.

    August 18, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. joann

    I think Sen. Biden would make an excellent choice for V.P., especially when the buzz for Sen. McCain's V.P. is a governor no one has ever hear of outside of his state (Pawlenty).

    August 18, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Misha from CA

    If Biden is chosen as VP, this will be the only decision Obama will have made to make me think twice about voting for Nader > Obama. Biden should have BEEN the presidential candidate, not the VP contender.

    August 18, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Voter from Delaware

    Great news! It will take less effort for the people of Delaware to get rid of him.

    August 18, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. MARTY the CAT


    August 18, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Akanni

    Clarkedale, AR
    I think Biden will be a poor choice for Obama, the only chane Obama had to salvage this election was with Hillary. I hope Biden can get answers for Obama on why he seeked out Ayers an unrepentant terrorist for his help and accepted fund raisers from him? How can any American vote for Obama after hearing this? Ayers freely admits he wishes he had done more to kill Americans.

    August 18, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Jahiz

    Great choice, I think Biden's credentials on Pakistan and Afghanistan can be used very well by Obama to help his image on the 'War on Terror' and to make an argument on how well he can manage foreign relations.

    I do not think that Biden is tbe best choice in Obama wants a boast on his domestic credentials. The best choice for that would have to be Richardson.

    August 18, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. H



    August 18, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |

    Why isn't Obama attacking "GENERAL McCAIN" for what he is....a War lover who thinks the whole world evolves around wars. Choosing Biden and having him say "War experience doesn't make you fit to run the US economy" would go a long way.

    August 18, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. J.R., Lisle, Illinois

    Biden would be an awesome choice! Too bad Edwards messed up though...

    August 18, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. b

    Didn't Joe Biden support the NAACP's boycott of South Carolina? I am not 100% sure it was him but if it was, I do not want a VP who supports boycotting states and people business. If he was the one that supported it then that means he only cares about 49 states. I dont know any person in Goverenment that would support boycotting a state.

    August 18, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Billy J -Austin-Tx

    Biden is a good choice,.... the presidency and if not the Veep order should have been Clark, Biden, Hillary, then it was a tie between Obama and Edwards.... I hate to say it, but Edwards completely let me down......... as I am sure he did many people.

    August 18, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. Houston, TX

    Please god dont let it be Hillary!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. Brian

    Joe would be an excellent pick for VP. He'd be an excellent pick for P over McCain.

    Go get 'em!

    Obama/Biden '08!!!

    August 18, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |


    Most Clinton supporters will simply write her name in...

    August 18, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. White and Black for Obama.

    Yes we believe Obama will win. God Bless America and protect us all. God Bless Obama.
    Keep on the good work Obama attack forcefully those lies about you by senator McCainflip flopper. he can't win on the issues nor can he win only about wars rumour. So, Mccain wants to play on people's mind that Obama is risky-or scary. whereas Mccainflip floper is more riskier choice than anyone in the country because he has no position.

    Mccainflip flopper has too many confusing positions on anything. that is rsiky. McCainflip flopper knows how to win wars, although no known war Mccainflip flopper have won.That is rsiky. Mcflip flopper dumped his wife for a rich woman that is rsiky. Mcflip flopper have too many ties with corrupt politicians and he is part of the failed economy. That is risky. Senator Mcflip flopper voted with George Bush 95% of the time, but yet he denied when this is worst now. So telly you the truth is very risky. Haven't mention all these risky activities about Mcflip flopper , people who still want to vote for Mcflip flopper is more riskier than Mcflip flopper. He can win if you do not vote for him, so you are more riskier than Mcflip flopper if you think he will fix thing better than Bush.

    I am responding to the last article about Richardson on ease with Hillary Clinton name place on ballot.

    I am surprise that so many Hillary supporters do not like Obama even as Hillary campaign for him.

    Both senators' presidential platform are 95% the same. Why don't them like Obama? I got it, because he is a black mix or he is democrats and those 18 million people that voted for Hillary not are all democrats.

    There is no reason not to vote for a candidate that have the same plans as your failed candidate.
    So people when writting your blog I hate Obama, state your reason so we will know why.

    State if you are really a democrats, if you don't like black mix male, or you just love Hillary to death.

    It is easy to criticize people what they do wrong, but when the ball is in your shoes you stumble and fall. If you are so perfect you may as well run for the Office. Obama have said manytimes that he is not a perfect person and he needs your help. He wants you to beleive that this Country can be as strong as it was 8 years agon when people have enough. He wants you to beleive that we can develope new energy , new cars that use less gas, that America can lead in new 21th technologies.

    August 18, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. paul oregon

    no clintons=dem. party awin
    clintons = lose dem. party no win

    August 18, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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