Congressman Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., said he was pleased with Sen. Barack Obama's choice of Joe Biden as his running mate.
The announcement came in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Bishop, one of Obama's Georgia state campaign co-chairmen, went to bed Friday night with the television on, not knowing who the Democratic vice presidential nominee would be. He awoke about 5:30 and heard the news on CNN.
"Excellent choice," Bishop said. "He offers a balance to the ticket, particularly in the area of experience. Sen. Obama exudes judgment. Sen Biden brings a broad portfolio of national security and foreign affairs experience."
Bishop, whose Second Congressional District includes most of South Columbus, has been involved in Obama's presidential campaign since the beginning. But he didn't get any inside information about the vice presidential nominee in advance. Friday night, the cable news shows were ripe with speculation about who would get the nod.
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Bishop watched like any other political junkie. One by one, potential candidates were being ruled out as word leaked of who had been notified they would not be on the ticket.
"As it narrowed to the last four or five people, I was hoping it would be Joe Biden," Bishop said.
He said the Delaware senator's decades in the Senate will serve an Obama Administration well.
"In terms of government and the legislative branch, his experience will certainly be an effective asset in an Obama Administration" Bishop said.
Bishop is one of the super delegates to next week's Democratic National Convention in Denver. His wife, Columbus Municipal Court Clerk Vivian Bishop, is also a delegate. She is pledged to Sen. Hillary Clinton. The two leave for Colorado Sunday.