Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), one of the top running mate prospects for presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is visiting the Republic of Georgia over the weekend to assess the situation in the wake of the growing conflict with Russia. But he'll be back in plenty of time to make the Democratic convention in Denver.
Biden's departure comes after rival Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) sent Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (DI-Conn.) to Tbilisi, Georgia on a mission.
Statement from Biden
BIDEN to Visit Georgia
Washington, DC - Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE) is scheduled to visit the Republic of Georgia this weekend at the request of President Saakashvili. While in country, Chairman Biden will meet with President Saakashvili, the Georgian Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze, the U.S. Ambassador to Georgia John Tefft and Georgians who have been forced to flee their homes.
"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," said Chairman Biden. "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."