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Biden to Make Own Journey to Georgia

By Paul Kane
As speculation increases that he's a finalist for the Democratic vice-presidential nomination, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) is heading overseas for a series of meetings with Georgian leaders who are trying to implement the latest cease-fire agreement with Russia.

Biden's office announced this afternoon that the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee would spend the weekend in Georgia meeting with President Mikheil Saakashvili.  He also intends to meet with Georgian Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze and U.S. Ambassador to Georgia John Tefft while surveying the damage in the more than weeklong border war between Georgia and Russia.

"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," Biden 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." 

Biden's whirlwind trip to Georgia comes as Democratic insiders say he is on a short list of potential vice-presidential nominees for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive nominee who is expected to make his so-called "veep" selection before the Democratic National Convention convenes a week from Monday,

A relative newcomer to international diplomacy, Obama is believed to be considering a selection of an elder statesman among Democrats to reassure international leaders concerned about how the 47-year-old Obama would handle global crises.

Obama serves on the Foreign Relations panel with Biden. The chairman's statement did not mention Obama, noting that his trip came at the request of Saakashvili. Aides said Biden would be back in the U.S. by Monday.

Posted at 4:19 PM ET on Aug 16, 2008  | Category:  Joe Biden
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Why does Biden want to visit Saakashvili who murdered 2,000 osetian civilians last week and provoked the war? I belive that Saakashvili is a war criminal.

Posted by: Andrej | August 23, 2008 10:32 AM

acarponzo said: "... one of Obama's weaknesses [is that] He does not like to be specific or definitive with his answers. His response to the Georgia crisis was pretty weak."

So true! But McCain wasn't specific or tough enough either. He did not specify the number of megatons he's planning to drop on Moscow or Tehran. He did not specify whether he will kick Putin in the balls or in the stomach. When dealing with dangerous international crises it is important to be very specific! And very tough.

Obama clearly does not understand how to talk smack with gusto. Too bad Robert "I dara ya" Conrad with a battery on his shoulder won't be his VP.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqQnRERCD4M

Posted by: Global_Bar_Brawl | August 20, 2008 9:33 AM

Isn't Joe Biden known for giving false statements about his education not too many years ago??
I think Biden would make a great VP for Obama!!

Posted by: Gary Nelson | August 19, 2008 11:48 AM

I'm glad to see the Vice President heading over there. We need someone who will report back to the American people honestly, and the Republicans have utterly lost their credibility in that area.

Posted by: Mark | August 18, 2008 11:55 AM

Biden's Flying Alone: you bet-cha:

Biden would make a great president of Georgia.

What do you think?

Posted by: 3rd-Party Advocate | August 17, 2008 10:25 PM

It's over:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/17/opinion/17rich.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&oref=slogin
"“McCain’s personal fortune traces back to organized crime in Arizona.”

Biden is going to be VP or SecState.

If the Times is running that story and talking about how they are the WaPo are vetting McCain... it's over.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 17, 2008 6:48 PM

Hey left leaning soon to be losers (you knw who you are)
Here's the situation straight from CNN- The race is tied; the bounce has evaporated; and John took the night last night. Futhermore we're all suffering from Obama fatigue- that rockstar act with the swooning etc is looking like Spinal Tap II. Theres nothing like peaking too soon.

Posted by: scott | August 17, 2008 3:37 PM

As usual, the conservatives in this discussion show they have nothing useful to say about McCain. They only slander and name call the Democratic nominees. Too bad the Republicans have no substance in their dialouge.

Posted by: tazmodious | August 17, 2008 1:42 PM
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This article is not about McCain. It is about Biden making a trip to Georgia. I was trying to make the point that there was little Biden could accomplish there other than trying to elevate himself politically.

If anyone has an idea of how Biden making this trip is going to make the Russians reconsider their intervention in Georgia then I would like to hear it.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 17, 2008 3:31 PM

What was clearer than ever from last night's forum is that McCain oversimplifies every single issue in a way that probably sounds great as a soundbyte to Joe Public but is actually incredibly foolish (in that Bush/Cheney mold). A perfect example is his attempts to rattle the saber at Russia when A) he's not the president- now who's being presumptous?. B) There's nothing to back it up with- given that our military might is still deployed elsewhere and can't afford to protect another crucial oil source. C) He's undoing all the years of careful work we've done since the end of the cold war to work with them on issues like nuclear non-proliferation. D) It turns out now that Obama was right not to immediately assume sole blame to the Russians for starting the conflict. Although Russia's been threatening, they didn't actually fire the first shots (as even the Georgian president admitted today). Our administration has been warning Georgia not to attack for months because it just gives Russia the excuse they've been hoping for to counter. It's true that Russia over-reacted but if they had made the first move as McCain was suggesting this would all have been a completely different story. They did not, so it isn't and he doesn't get to score points for being right about them unless he continues to outright lie as he's repeatedly been doing, even about his own record

Posted by: Anonymous | August 17, 2008 2:36 PM

Biden should be the president but since he won't be then being Obama's VP will be the next best thing.

Posted by: advocate for presidential runoff election | August 17, 2008 1:55 PM

As usual, the conservatives in this discussion show they have nothing useful to say about McCain. They only slander and name call the Democratic nominees. Too bad the Republicans have no substance in their dialouge.

Posted by: tazmodious | August 17, 2008 1:42 PM

You righties are so stupid. Everything is crumbling around you, and you still believe in that "overwhelming force" crap. You've made a mess everywhere you are, and yet you preach more of the same. I wish you'd be allowed to explore space, find another planet, and be-gone. That "End Times" crap ain't happening(I've been hearing about that for the last 50 years), so you won't to force it into being. Good luck.

Posted by: Shag | August 17, 2008 1:33 PM

If I wanted pease in an area I would send Joe Biden to the region. If I wanted to stir up trouble I would send Joe Lieberman. These Senators as members of the Foreign Relations Commitee of the Senate certainly belong there but not as political arms of their respective campaigns.

Biden unlike Lieberman is able to see things though a diplomatic as well as a partisian lens.

Posted by: Ronnn | August 17, 2008 11:22 AM

I Joe Biden has fully read the book "USA Foreign Policy for Dummies" and thereby can bring a little bit of knowledge as Obama's VP and going here to try it out.
Go Joe, NOT!

Posted by: theaz | August 17, 2008 11:21 AM

Posted by: bdukore | August 17, 2008 9:05 AM
I didn't think I was so naive, but I'm appalled at the vicious anti-Biden and anti-Obama slurs among these comments.
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I don't think it is so much anti-Biden but that it is more of a response to him making a trip solely motivated by politics. What more can he learn about the situation in Georgia by going there than what he and everyone who follows the news already knows? I am sure Vladimir Putin is shaking in his boots now that he knows Joe Biden is going to Georgia (sarcasm)

You may not like the policies of the Bush Administration but do we really need to have 535 congressional secretaries of state meddling in foreign relations issues?

Posted by: danielhancock | August 17, 2008 10:44 AM

I didn't think I was so naive, but I'm appalled at the vicious anti-Biden and anti-Obama slurs among these comments. I should have expected them. Biden, not McCain, is the real straight talker and Biden has big time foreign policy experience. Whether or not he is a VP candidate, what he says after the trip will be no-nonsense and worth pondering.

Posted by: bdukore | August 17, 2008 9:05 AM

From the Washington Posts's Archives,
(just so we're all clear on Sen. Biden's history- certainly it's old news, but I was shocked Dukakis ran an attack video):

"Joseph Biden's Plagiarism; Michael Dukakis's 'Attack Video' – 1988
Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden Jr., a U.S. senator from Delaware, was driven from the nomination battle after delivering, without attribution, passages from a speech by British Labor party leader Neil Kinnock. A barrage of subsidiary revelations by the press also contributed to Biden's withdrawal: a serious plagiarism incident involving Biden during his law school years; the senator's boastful exaggerations of his academic record at a New Hampshire campaign event; and the discovery of other quotations in Biden's speeches pilfered from past Democratic politicians.

The controversy became two frenzies in one when it was disclosed that the campaign of Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis had earlier secretly distributed to several news media outlets an "attack video" juxtaposing the Biden and Kinnock speeches and revealing Biden's word theft. The Dukakis campaign at first stonewalled and denied any part in the tape's distribution, but when the truth emerged Dukakis was forced to fire his campaign manager, John Sasso, and political director, Paul Tully – the two who had orchestrated the maneuver. Dukakis himself insisted he had no prior knowledge of their actions, and though wounded, his candidacy survived the incident."

Posted by: Scott | August 17, 2008 8:19 AM

So the mouth is going to Georgia, so what? He'll probably come up with some of his nitwit comments about how it's Bush's fault, or somehow our military committed atrocities while they were delivering aid.
Biden is just another typical liberal democrat loser.

Posted by: LarryG | August 17, 2008 8:17 AM

It think the forum was interesting last night in thata it did show one of Obama's weaknesses. He does not like to be specific or definitive with his answers. His response to the Georgia crisis was pretty weak. Biden has a mouth that won't stay closed. I think Obama did get one thing right last night. It is a bit above his pay grade. I wonder how the online realtime poll at http://www.bop-o-rama.com is going to do today after the forum. This line may ahve hit it out of the park last night for McCain.

"I want to inspire a generation of Americans to serve a cause greater than its self interest. . But I also believe we face enormous challenges, both of national security and domestic." — John McCain on why he wants to be president.

Posted by: acarponzo | August 17, 2008 7:50 AM

Living overseas, and reading the comments. Not a single comment actually dealt with the situation in Georgia and this visit will enhance that situation. There are trained observers on the ground from multiple agencies and multiple countries. We need Joe Biden to plagiarize one of these reports or something?

Posted by: A Dmitri | August 17, 2008 6:13 AM

McCain went a long way tonight to solidify his base. He responded Presidentially to the same questions that Obama answered in a way that the President of the Harvard Law Review would be expected to answer. As the world faces a major crisis in Georgia, I’m even more confident that our country’s and my children’s future will be placed in the right hands after watching this forum. McCain won over many undecided evangelicals tonight. If he keeps it up, He'll win the election.

Posted by: Scott | August 17, 2008 2:41 AM

Oh come on Democrat Has Been Joe Biden is
all big mouth and has already been defeated
in his 2008 Democrat Presidential Bid,
and Biden never did know when to shut up
and stop shooting off his big mouth,and so
yep Joe Biden another has been Democrat that Loser Messiah Barack Hussein Obama,
the Peacenik wanta as his Vice President.
So Hey Obama and Obamanuts whatever did happen to all of this phony Obama's "Change
You Can Believe In" BS here now then?
No To Obama and Biden and NOBAMA Ever!

Posted by: Sherry Kay 2004 | August 17, 2008 1:35 AM

sandy you are great. the dems will love you .mccain will hide his head in shame that you are in his camp

Posted by: dallas1234 | August 17, 2008 12:28 AM

wait what? where did this come from:
"A relative newcomer to international diplomacy, Obama is believed to be considering a selection of an elder statesman among Democrats to reassure international leaders concerned about how the 47-year-old Obama would handle global crises."

Sources?
This line of thinking has not appeared anywhere else, to my knowledge.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 17, 2008 12:28 AM

Sandy Mccain needs more like you.It will sure help the democrats.real class

Posted by: dallas | August 17, 2008 12:23 AM

This is excellent.
After McCain behaved so presumptuously and arrogantly by pretending to be the president and sending his pretend envoys to Georgia, you can believe they will come back and give the McCain version of things.
Biden going over there and with his reputation for telling it straight (not like the false slogan of straight talk from McCain), the real info will come out.
And will counter the spin by the tweedledee and tweedledum (Graham and Libermann).

Posted by: vwcat | August 16, 2008 11:29 PM

I don't see what Joe Biden can do in Georgia that anyone else can do. Unless we are willing to intervene military in Georgia to drive the Russians out there is nothing talking will do. Military intervention against Russia is not an option. It is like a poker game where the Russians are holding aces.

All this jawboning whether is done by President Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, or Biden only serves to highlight our weakness and make us seem more "Jimmy Carter like."

Barack Obama will probably be elected president and Biden can be gaff prone so he is a risk that Obama does not need to take.

Posted by: danielhancock | August 16, 2008 11:04 PM

Biden and Georgia:

The war zone for Biden will be fending off anyone who
gets between him and the TV camera. And having the guts
to hold his breath when Saakashvili grabs the mike.

I mean, Biden going to Georgia will make him presidential?

Posted by: 3rd-Party Advocate | August 16, 2008 9:36 PM

Biden and Georgia:

The war zone for Biden will be fending off anyone who
gets between him and the TV camera. And having the guts
to hold his breath when Saakashvili grabs the mike.

I mean, Biden going to Georgia will make him presidential?

Posted by: 3rd-Party Advocate | August 16, 2008 9:36 PM

Joe Biden is very knowledgeable, has the foreign policy experience needed, says what he thinks in a direct, up front way and would be a great choice.

Posted by: Carol L. | August 16, 2008 8:50 PM

Sure,sure Motor Mouth Empty Suit Joe Biden
will go to Georgia and shoot off his big
mouth endlessly and make the Russians get
even madder at the USA then ever. So what
has that loud mouth Joe Biden got to offer
the Russians and Georgians,beyond more phony BS and idiotic liberal Democrat
empty Barack Hussein Obama Type Speechs,
and so if the Dimwit Democrats do make
Goofy Joe Biden Messiah Der Leader Barack
Bonehead Obama Vice President Biden will
bore the voters into voting for a huge
Republican and John McCain Landslide. As
Barack Hussein Obama and Joe Biden are an
even bigger joke then George W Bush and
Draft Dodger Cheney,with shoe shopper loser
Condoleezza Rice all put together. And again the Russian Leaders Medvevdev and
Putin will laugh their heads off as they
tell Obama and Biden "Bring It On"! NOBAMA!

One More Independent Voter Against Obama!

Posted by: Sandy5274 | August 16, 2008 8:05 PM

Interesting. The Georgian president asked a Democrat to come since he realized that McCain's verbal support this week was useless.

He knows that Joe is on the O team as well as the Chmn of the Foreign Relations committee.

This is the perfect intro as Joe as VP and his "weight" on the international stage.

Great move for Joe - who I like - and for Obama.

Posted by: John Nail | August 16, 2008 7:16 PM

there will be fundraising "Joebama" Parties all across rhe country if he picks Biden

Posted by: dl | August 16, 2008 6:55 PM

The Ruskies will retreat post haste upon hearing that Biden is on the way to save the day!

What a schmooser!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 6:39 PM

if a tree fell in the forrest... would anyone hear it?

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 16, 2008 6:04 PM

Joe Biden would be a great pick, and only partly because of his foreign policy experience. Even his "problems" actually work in Obama's favor. As for the "gaffe" problem, the flip-side of that is Biden speaks his mind, he's providing straight talk, a commodity no longer provided by the McCain campaign. And if Republicans want to talk about why Biden dropped out of the 1988 election, Democrats will be more than happy to poin out what John McCain was doing and who he was hanging around with at that time. Democrats are itching to reveal the real McCain, and picking Biden just might lure Republicans to take the bait.

Posted by: Oregon Dan | August 16, 2008 5:19 PM

I'll be more than happy if Joe Biden is Obama's VP. By now the VP should know that he or she is the chosen. I think that Biden has the credentials and the drive. He is not afraid of taking the GOP machine head-on. I hope he is!!!!

Posted by: Carl29 | August 16, 2008 4:41 PM

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