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August 19, 2008

Biden: 'I'm not the guy'
Posted: 07:00 PM ET

From CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt

Biden said Tuesday he will not be Obama's VP.

(CNN) – Responding to a fresh wave of rumors he may soon be named to the Democratic presidential ticket, Sen. Joe Biden told reporters camped outside the gates of his Delaware home Tuesday that he isn't "the guy."

"You got better things to do guys, I'm not the guy," Biden said.

Asked where he would be on Saturday "” when Barack Obama is reportedly scheduled to hold a campaign event in Springfield, Illinois that may feature his new running mate – Biden replied, "Here," pointing to his driveway.

Biden's VP stock has risen in recent days following a visit to the Republic of Georgia that spotlighted his national security and foreign policy credentials – a policy area where Obama's resume is relatively thin.

The Obama camp has kept the details on both the timing and selection of the presumptive Democratic nominee's running mate under wraps. Biden is reportedly on a shortlist for the spot, along with Indiana Senator Evan Bayh and Virginia Governor Tim Kaine. Obama will visit Virginia on Wednesday and Thursday before returning home to Illinois, where a Saturday event in Springfield – where he first kicked off his presidential run – will mark the official start of his "roll into the convention," which will include a tour of battleground states.