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. spot

    So, Erin...In fact and deed, you'll be voting for McCain with your write in ballot for Sen. Clinton.

    August 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. oppongfrank1


    August 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Stacy

    I love how Obama is all about change, but is considering bringing in one of the oldest career politicians as his wing man. Hypocrit?

    August 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Gramma Faye /Idaho

    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.

    August 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. John

    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. "

    Dems '08

    August 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. S. Boatman

    This Would Be A Great Choice And Be A Sure Victory Come November!

    August 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. HonestAbe

    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!

    August 18, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. jeff kushner

    Joe Biden is perfect. great ticket!!

    August 18, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Rob

    what about change?? he is an old guy being in office for a long long time...


    August 18, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Dawn, Nevada

    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!

    August 18, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. mel

    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

    August 18, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Walt, Belton,TX

    Excellent choice..............................for McCain's election!

    August 18, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Open Your 3rd Eye

    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.

    August 18, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Anonymous

    The great plagiarist. So much for changing directions in this country.

    August 18, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. K. Power, MD

    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.

    August 18, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. Matt CO

    GET THAT SHORE BIRD INTO THE VP SLOT!!!!!!!!!!! couldnt be happier

    August 18, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Carlos

    I am so bitter that Hillary didnt win the nomination i'll either vote for McCain or write in Hillary! BIDEN IS NOT HILLARY!!!

    August 18, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. Burhan

    That will be a good choice.

    August 18, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. John from White Plains, NY

    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.

    August 18, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. Mary

    Any VP is better than the we have.

    August 18, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Richard J

    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!

    August 18, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. randy


    August 18, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Sara, Birmingham, AL

    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.

    August 18, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Karen

    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.

    August 18, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. cschildknecht

    The great plagiarist! So much for changing the direction of this country.

    August 18, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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