Biden's Georgia visit raises speculation about VP nod
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Upon the request of Senator Joe Biden of Delaware made a visit to the Republic of Georgia, which is currently under siege by Russia. Biden is considered to be a top choice on Barack Obama's list for because of his foreign policy expertise and 35 years of experience in the United States Senate. His trip increased speculation about Obama's selection, although Biden stated that the aim of the trip is "to get the facts first-hand and to show [his] support for Georgia’s people and its government." Obama staffers confirmed that they had discussed the trip with Biden staffers before he left.,
Biden met with President Saakashvili to discuss Georgia's situation, thereby allowing Biden to gather and transmit the information obtained during that meeting to the Senate as part of his duty as the. Georgia was invaded by Russia over the disputed territory of . The two nations signed a and Russia has claimed that it has started to withdraw its troops to South Ossetia. Georgian and American officials have doubted this claim. So far in the , 197 Georgian soldiers and 74 Russian soldiers have been reported dead. As many as 115,000 people have been displaced because of the fighting.
Biden ran for president of the United States of America in Virginia , Senator of Indiana and former Senator of Georgia. The trip was seen as a boost to Biden's prospects as a vice-presidential candidate, accentuating his foreign policy credentials. Biden returned from the visit on August 18. He is scheduled to speak at the on August 27, the same day the vice-presidential nominee is scheduled to speak.and again in , but each time fell short of obtaining the Democratic Party nomination. In 1988 he was forced to withdraw his candidacy after claims of and left the race in 2008 after unpromising results in the . Biden is among a list of possible that includes
John McCain backers and possible Senators and were expected to visit Georgia as well.
- Sebastian Alison and Helena Bedwell. "U.S., Georgia Dispute Russian Claim of Troop Pullback" — , August 18, 2008
- Kris Alingod. "Biden Visits War-Torn Georgia" — , August 18, 2008
- Shailagh Murray. "Biden Trip to Georgia Stokes VP Chatter" — , August 17, 2008
- Kevin Hechtkopf. "Biden Heads To Georgia" — , August 17, 2008