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Biden, an Obama vice president prospect, off to the Republic of Georgia for the weekend.


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."



This may be the most important event of the election. With recent events and after watching tonight's forum, Barack will need Biden ASAP to take on John McCain.

The question is when will Biden return to the US to be named as the VP? I was hoping that he would be named on Monday and return to a joint event in Florida on Friday?

Joe Biden is the only person who can go toe to toe with John McCain. After his stump speech performance tonight it is clear that Obama would be in trouble without Joe Biden.

If Biden's the choice--that's fine. I don't think Obama needs him---look at how popular he is with the kids serving in Kuwait.
No wonder the Bush VA won't let voting registration happen.

Biden visits Georgia in an official capacity as Chair of a Senate Committee rather then Lieberman and Graham who are visiting at the behest of John McCain. The Presidential hopeful seems to have gotten ahead of himself while upstaging the Administration.

Biden...hmmm? He talks too much! Gore was the perfect VP for Clinton as he stayed on message like an automaton. Don't get me wrong, Biden is probably the most knowledgeable Democrat in terms of foreign policy...but as a VP, he might become the focus instead of his message!

I will respect Obama's decision, but I can't help but think that picking Biden would be following further the trend to the RIGHT recipe for disaster Michael Moore warns about:

Having said that---Moore was WRONG to tell the left that Hillary was not the candidate because of the arm twisting she buckled to. A President is NOT SUPPOSED TO LIE ABOUT A WAR FOR OIL.
Can we PLEASE focus on the REAL ENEMY.
Can we please IMPEACH THEM?
Ron Susskind’s blockbuster about REAL EVIDENCE that we cannot IGNORE about the lies that brought us into WAR!!!

Hope this will be brought up at the "convention--maybe the delegates will chant We want you to Impeach them!"



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