(CNN) - He gets sworn in as vice president in 11 days, but for today, Joe Biden's a world away from Washington.
The vice president-elect arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan Friday, as part of a congressional delegation. A U.S. embassy spokesman in Pakistan says Biden and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are scheduled to talk with senior Pakistan governmental officials on a variety of regional issues.
Biden was elected vice president on November 4, and re-elected as senator from Delaware. He was sworn in as senator Tuesday for the seventh time, and will hold the seat until he steps down just prior to Inauguration Day. Biden is still chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee until he resigns his seat, and in that capacity he's leading this congressional delegation to southwestern Asian countries.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) – Spending a rare second day in a row in Washington, Barack Obama is speaking Tuesday with the country’s top two economic officials as well as a visiting prime minister, highlighting his emphasis on the economy and foreign relations that has dominated both presidential campaigns in recent weeks.
Tuesday morning he spoke with Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson by phone, and later in the day he will meet with Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke. These talks come on the heels of Obama’s Monday roundtable with almost 20 economic advisors during which he said the country was in an “economic emergency.”
Since arriving back in the country following an eight-day overseas trip that garnered some criticism because of mounting economic issues at home, the Illinois senator has made assurances that his focus going forward to November’s election will be the struggling economy.