August 19th, 2008
12:11 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama gives a shout out to his VP?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama praised Biden Tuesday."](CNN) - In a week where vice-presidential speculation has reached a feverish pitch, Barack Obama gave tea-leaf readers another reason to suspect he will name fellow Sen. Joe Biden his running mate later this week.

Speaking to veterans in Orlando, Florida, Obama specifically called out the Delaware senator and former presidential candidate, calling him a 'friend' and saying he agreed with Biden's call for U.S. assistance to Georgia.

Watch: VP speculation in overdrive

"We must help Georgia rebuild what has been destroyed," Obama said during a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention. "That is why I’m proud to join my friend, Senator Joe Biden, in calling for an additional $1 billion in reconstruction assistance for the people of Georgia."

It was only a passing reference to the longtime senator, but it comes one day after Biden returned from a trip to Georgia at the behest of that country's president - a stark reminder of his national security gravitas and deep-rooted relationships with leaders around the world. As the Georgia crisis once again puts national security issues front-and-center in voters' minds, so the Beltway chatter goes, Obama needs a running-mate with foreign policy experience now more than ever.

But Biden wasn't the only senator Obama praised in his speech Tuesday - the Illinois senator also mentioned Jim Webb, the Virginia Democrat and Vietnam veteran who took himself out of the VP running last month.

Obama also took the opportunity to aggressively respond to rival John McCain's charge in a speech to the group yesterday that Obama is putting his political ambitions ahead of the country's interests.

“Let me be clear: I will let no one question my love of this country," he said. "I love America, so do you, and so does John McCain.”

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden
soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. ThinkSmart

    Biden is Obamas only choice. Hillary will be putting 3 people in the white house trying to run the country, he cant pick a republican cause the deomcrats arent fully unified yet, Tim Kaine is too much like Obama, inexpierence and new and he cant pick me cause I like my job. Biden has a slick tongue to deal with the republicans and his foreign expierence is something obama needs. As long as Biden isnt having an affair or is on tape like Wright than its his best bet.

    August 19, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. ron

    Obama picks Biden I vote for him. Otherwise, his lack of Foreign Policy experience and apparent naivety in that arena is way too scary for me to support in this day and age.

    I want to support barack, but his lack of FP experience is a deal breaker imo. Biden gives him instant credibility. Joe is the best FP mind in gov't today.


    August 19, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Mike in Calgary

    McCain talks about the Surge in Iraq or tactics but not about why the US started the war in Iraq. McCain voted to start the war! He can't turn back now – he can't Change and Obama offers CHANGE.
    McCain may be pro-life but ... he squanders American lives in Iraq in a war where victory is claimed but never defined, and especially not in relation to the rationale and mission cited in Invading Iraq.
    Now the US can't even help Georgia because of the Bush/McCain policies – and yet McCain says "We are all Georgians!" McCain might know something about war (he was captured by the Viet Cong) but not about winning that war or ending this one. Much as I used to respect McCain, McCAIN HAS NOW BECOME GEORGE BUSH! TIME FOR CHANGE!

    August 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. McVietcong

    McVietcong deserves to be put back in his bamboo cage at the Hanoi Hilton and set out in the jungle to rot. That's were he belongs. That reflects the depth of his betrayal for embracing human garbage like Karl Rove, Rick Davis, and Steve Schmidt. It will not win him the presidency, only a permanent place in the gallery of American rouges and misfits.

    August 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Kevin

    "He can't pick any other woman but Hilllary so another NO there."

    Believe it or not, Hillary is not the only qualified woman out there! You need to do more research.

    August 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. ashley

    Honestly, I don’t know what I think about this possibility yet. All I know is that Obama needs someone out there getting on McCain and his camp for all the crap they’ve said. Where are all the democrats at? They should be getting on McCain too, but none of them are saying anything. Hopefully by the convention they will finally start coming to Obama’s defense.

    and Bayou Joe it's "Barack" not "Barak"

    August 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Appalled

    Coming in on the heels of your unbelievable pandering to the lowest common denominator with your "Bigfoot" coverage, I can't help but wonder, "what has happened to CNN?"

    Here I am, in 2008, seeing a headline covering the first serious black candidate we've ever had in this country, that is so racist I just can't fathom how it got through your editors.

    "Shout out?"

    Are you kidding me? You should be ashamed.

    August 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Pastor Speaks With Forked Tongue

    Rick Warren lied yesterday when he told Larry King that his audience was half in favor of Barack, and half in favor of McCain. I think the American people could tell from the applause lines that it was mostly for McCain. Rick was trying to pretend his forum was “fair and balanced”, which is was not.

    So Barack just happened to lose the coin toss, and McCain just happened to be OUT of the building when Barack was speaking. I don't think so. Also when asked if the candidates were present for the coin toss, which would have been the best thing to do, Rick said, "No, it was just me and my staff". His Republican staff, give me a break.

    August 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. cherrystrawberry

    hard truths said "don't vote for (insert Democrat here)…..he'll raise taxes and throw a welfar party" is either uninformed, blissfully connected to 1980's political ideology, or both. Even in the face of numerous debacles over the past 8 years…this is the best you can come up with? Welfare? Taxes? Woe is us……"

    Hard Truths...I am in total and complete agreement. and has anyone noticed that only Obama gets the "welfare" label? Hmm wonder why that is..... It just CANT be about his race.

    August 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Dave in Illinois

    Why don't we just take all the politicians who lost in the primaries of both parties and draw a name out of the hat? All these president want to be's would jump at the chance to be on a ticket in November. Maybe, however, people should keep in mind why these guys (and Hillary) lost in the primaries.

    August 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Casey - Missouri

    Biden would be good, though I expected MORE of a surprise... like a Wes Clark or (for real surprise and shock) Chuck Hagel....

    But Biden is good...

    Wes Clark would be better, imo... given his military career and no "insider" politician baggage. Tough on McCain, too.

    August 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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