June 10th, 2008
05:25 PM ET
7 years ago

Senator says Obama VP search team discussed 20 names

Obama's VP search is under way.
Obama's VP search is under way.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s vice presidential vetting team discussed roughly 20 names with a senior Senate Democrat Tuesday, including some well-known options and others that are “outside the box.”

Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota told CNN that some of those on the list are “top officials now,” others are “former lawmakers” and others are “former top military leaders.”

Conrad said Obama’s team wanted his impressions about the people on the list, including the respect they command and their “standing with their colleagues.” He termed their discussion “wide-ranging.”

Jim Johnson and Eric Holder, two members of Obama’s vice presidential vetting team, arrived on Capitol Hill Monday for several days of meetings with top Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Another Democratic senator, Dick Durbin of Illinois, a close Obama ally in the Senate, left the Capitol at noon on Tuesday saying he was headed off the Hill for a meeting with the search team.

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  1. Colin H

    Colin Powell will not accept a position as long as the Iraq war continues.

    Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have the power to defeat anyone if they unite.

    For the people that dislike Hillary as VP... I cannot honestly think of anyone else who is more well known... and who can help to unite the Democratic party.

    June 10, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Goodbye

    hello wrote:
    June 10th, 2008 1:39 pm ET

    WHY HE CANNOT TAKE DECISION BY HIMSELF?
    DOES NOT LOOK LIKE PRESIDENTIAL.
    _______________________________________

    By Presidential, do you mean like Bush? ...making poor decisions in a vacuum without properly consulting (or ignoring advice from) others. An effective leader utilizes the resources at his/her disposal in order to come to the best decisions and implementation thereof.

    Perhaps you can answer one question that has been nagging me. Why do so many idiots write in ALL CAPS?

    June 10, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Kathy in Madison, Wisconsin

    Whom ever he picks, I hope that we can get to the business of fixing the energy crisis, the economy, global warming and healthcare. We also need to end this senseless war, bring home our troops and repair the damaged international relationships! We need a hybrid, part Al Gore, part Colin Powell, part Bill Richardson. Oh heck , just pick a woman! We are used to multi-tasking! I guess Hillary!

    June 10, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. George

    It doesn't matter who Obama picks. Fortunately, he's going to lose no matter who the VP.

    June 10, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Brad

    Come on. I applaud the discretion but let's be serious already. There are 18 million reasons for Obama to choose the person he is going to choose. The biggest reason of all, she already has more PEOPLE who have voted for her. If he goes too far out of the box he ends up choosing an Admiral Stockdale.

    June 10, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Hillary's supporter

    Obama's supporters are so hateful. If he picks Hillary that would be a good thing. I don't understand why they hate Hillary so much when she has been a great Senator and has fought for healthcare for all. Your need to get a crip and stop listening to the media. Because they also hateful to Hillary. However, if Obama does not win McCain in the fall that's a problem. It will only show that Hillary was the stronger canadate. Also, if Obama picks a female for VP other than Hillary I will not vote for him in the fall. So he better think things through very carefully because I'm sure I am not the only supporter who feel this way. And to all Obama's supporters stop treating people the way you would want to be treated. Hillary 2012!

    June 10, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Debby

    Evan Bayh is a putz he will do nothing for the ticket. Why so many names how ridiculous. Obama could have the winning ticket if he just chooses Hillary. Its those idiot advisors of his that nixing this like Pelosi and Reid. God forbid Hillary has a better position than botox queen Pelosi. Well if Romney is on the ticket for McCain that could put an ax to Dems. big time. Romney is a strong second runner and a good businessman and he would help our economy.

    June 10, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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