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. Delaware Voter

    Obama/Hillary

    Obama/Biden

    Obama/Richardson

    Obama/Clarke

    Obama/my mailman

    ANYBODY but McCain in 08!!!!!

    Go Obama!

    June 10, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. j

    What happened to Caroline Kennedy? Was her nomination to the team symbolic?

    June 10, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. ALLBAMALLTHETIME

    Cool, BAM BAM! Looks like competence is oozing all over the place with your team. I am thrilled to know that you will lead us!

    June 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Bill from Rochester, NY

    Good luck to you Mr. Obama. I look forward to hearing of your selection in about six weeks.

    June 10, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Obama all the way..

    Another reason to like Obama. He gets others involved in the decision making process. He is a smart man. These are the qualities I want in my next President, which is why I have supported him from the beginning!

    GoObama!!!

    June 10, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. No McCain

    I just would like to hope that Obama does everything in his power trying to pursuade Mr. Al Gore. He is the answer to economy and national security requirements of our future VP

    June 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Greg, NY

    I wonder if McCain even has a list yet. He had 4 extra months to start doing this type of stuff and when asked about how his search is going, he replied:

    "We're going through a process where you get a whole bunch of names, and ya ... Well, basically, it's a Google."

    It's a Google.

    That's almost as bad as the 'internets' comment.

    June 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. C Gray

    CNN do some hard reporting on McCain too. Its seems all you have to talk about is Obama. What about McCains VP selections. How about addressing that too. All you guys want to do is keep up the angst and divide between Obama and Hillary supporters. Please be fair and balanced in ALL reporting of the candidates!!!

    June 10, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. DJ, LA, CA

    "Former military leaders"?

    Defection from Colin Powell or maybe Norman Schwartzkoff? Jim Webb and Wesley Clarke obviously are on the list.

    June 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Loretta from California

    And when do they plan to release these names? The suspense is killing me.

    June 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. fairandstraight

    I wish Sen. Obama could have the same opportunity Sen. McCain as well as all other presidential candidates have in choosing a VP. CNN, why isn't the media concerned about McCain's VP? After all, McCain's VP should be the one we are most concerned with being that he would have to do all he work. McCain can't remember what he is suppose to say, what he has said or what location he is in.

    Sen. Obama & his choice for VP 08

    June 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. georgia

    Consistently inclusive. I like it !!

    June 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. martin

    obama is so smart.he will make the best president in decades.

    June 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    Please not Nancy Pelosi. She is much further to the left than Obama. I like the idea of a woman but she must be the most qualified. Nancy is not a good match to add strengths to Barack.

    June 10, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Jon Peirce

    He is off to a good start. But he must leave Clinton off the ticket, or he will undo all the good work he has begun to do.

    Some good choices:

    1) Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio
    2) Gov. Ed Rendell of PA
    3) Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio
    4) Sen. Patty Murray of Washington
    5) Gov. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan

    Wild Otter

    June 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. R may trump D after all

    Why bother?

    Only ONE name counts- and she should have been the nominee for president.

    The Dems have already lost- they sabotaged their best and trashed the base/ lifeblood of the party

    June 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. DJ, LA, CA

    Former lawmakers: Sam Nunn, Tom Daschle can be added to the list

    June 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Why doesn’t CNN cover McCain’s VP search as you do Obama’s? I am sure Obama is more than capable of choosing a VP. A minute by minute update is not necessary. When he has made a decision you will know, calm down. Obama has not been the presumptive nominee as long as McCain yet he is being hounded for his VP choice, makes no sense to me. Back off already.

    June 10, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Obama!!

    I'm tired of Clinton supporters threatening to taint the election if Clinton is not VP. Get over yourselves. There are equally, and in some cases, more, qualified candidates available. Obama is doing well among Latinos, and will also do well among educated women, who know that a vote for McCain or write-in for Hillary means the overturn of Roe vs. Wade this term. So what does Hillary bring, besides old politics, someone to keep an eye on, and a spiteful attitude about how things have turned out? Cheney had too much power as VP, and that was a bad thing. We don't need another person in office who will second guess the President and try to impose her will on his policies.

    Obama can pick a better VP like Jim Webb, Sam Nunn, or Evan Bayh, and they will all deliver things Clinton can't (battleground states, foreign policy experience), and as an added bonus, Obama won't then have to have eyes in the back of his head while the Clintons try to undermine his authority.

    June 10, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. Independent for Obama

    This sounds good. I like the fact that they are looking at such a broad spectrum of people.

    June 10, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. mike

    If my Hillary is not one of them...I am voting for McCain.

    June 10, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. TESAP

    We will back your decision, we are with you.....................

    Hey Republicans...............

    June 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Tara in Sarasota

    It's Hillary or I vote for McCain.

    June 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. JJ Jones

    Jim Webb. I can feel it.

    June 10, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. Andy

    Obama/Sebelius '08!

    June 10, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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