June 10th, 2008
05:25 PM ET
10 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.

Interactive: Who might be on Obama's VP shortlist?

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  1. Dave G

    How about a Republican – like Chuck Hagel?

    June 10, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. William

    Well, we see just how much Clinton is doing to heal the rift shw opened in her party. She gave an empty speech on Saturday and we've heard nothing from her since. Were she earnest in her promise to re-unify the party, she'd be out there telling her supporters who swear that they will now vote for McCain to be quite and climb aboard the McCain bandwagon. She'd be talkingup Obama and supporting him. Where is she? Yeah, that's right. She still just a do-nothing windbag.

    June 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Bayousara

    I hope Obama gets his vice presidential choice "out there" and campaigning for him ASAP.

    Lots of Clinton supporters are waiting to see who the choice is to decide what they will do in November.

    One Obama is wise to exclude is Gov Richardson from New Mexico.
    His endorsement of Obama after pledging to Clinton was a really, really bad move.

    Someone clue Richardson in: He is a western governor and should know how to pronounce my State of Oregon's name: It is not "Ora-gone," it is "Ory-gun," and that's how we like it!

    June 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. skylark

    I am sorry Gov. Napolitano is not on list. But my second choice would be Biden.

    June 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Mike-Woodmont CT

    Wondering if vetter #3 Caroline Kennedy is number 21 on the list??????????

    June 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Debra

    Colin Powell would be a better choice for McCain than Obama.

    June 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. smokesignals

    A list of 20 names for choices of V.P.

    And a list of 35 articles of Impeachment read by Dennis Kucinich this morning in the House. Why isn't this covered on CNN, guys?

    June 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Mike from Ontario

    Obama/Ventura or Obama/Bloomberg

    Imagine Ventura as VP? Talk about a straight talk express

    June 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Kim

    I can't believe that so many of you are saying anyone BUT Clinton. Did you not watch the same presidential campaign I did. She got close to 18 million votes people!!! Like it or not, not all of us are Obama supporters. So I would think all you Clinton haters would think twice about slamming Hillary. Just because your guy got the nonmination doesn't mean he's going to be the next president. I will not vote for John McCain, but unless HRC is on the ticket with BO, I'll probably just stay home!

    Sorry guys, I don't like Obama and I don't trust him either!

    June 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Hillary or no way

    Hillary or I turn in my Dem. party card.

    June 10, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. SDR

    If it's not Hillary, I will not vote!

    June 10, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Liz T

    The media are so uncomfortable with not knowing everything. It is really quite amusing. After being left out of the private conversation with Hillary, they must realize that they are not in charge of the process.

    Hillary fans who say they will vote for McCain is she is not on th ticket are not Democrats and not at all serious about their politics. More like groupies or even stalkers!

    June 10, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Fish, MN

    No matter who is selected to be the VP, I trust that no one could twist his arm into doing something political; Barak is smart leader and intellectual.

    June 10, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Sean Lloyds

    Hillary has no business being in politics. She and slick Willy still have Whitewater all over themselves. She is indeed the most over rated character in politics today... Her femme bot pro-Clinton army is so fixated at her becoming Pres, it makes me want to vomit !

    Remember one thing you ladies (and I use that term loosely), a vote for McCain is a vote for more hard core right wingers to the Supreme Court, kiss Roe v Wade buh bye !!

    June 10, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Steve from Florida

    Not another Senator, maybe a Governor or a military head. Need to have a mix of experience on the ticket.

    June 10, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Denise P Quinton

    It does not matter who OBAMA picks as his V P, he had better align himself with someone who at least has some experience with this country, national policy, and security. As a diehard Hillary supporter, it will not matter to me, as I will cast my vote for MCCAIN 08.
    Perhaps Harry Reid would be a great choice, he was the key factor in the delegate fiasco which disenfranchised voters around this country so good choice, better still Nancy Pelosi, she is shameless!

    June 10, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. whos at the helm now

    If he throttled Hill, he can win in Nov –

    June 10, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. MaryMc from Texas

    Hillary times 20.

    June 10, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Charles Daeda

    Senator Hillary Clinton is the only logical choice for VP. She has a loyal base of supporters that will help Obama win the Whitehouse. She also had a larger popular support than Obama even though she lost the Democratic nomination by delegates. Any other choice will not guarantee a win in November for Obama.

    Charlie D of Atlanta, Ga

    June 10, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Linda


    Dont even think about picking Hillary for vp.

    June 10, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. real dem

    If O'bama loses the election because of the spiteful Hillary supporters then no way will Hillary win anything ever again. Her future campaign is already in jeopardy because she dragged this on longer than she was supposed to. If she would have backed out a month or so ago when it was plainly seen that she wouldn't catch O'bama then yeah give her the VP slot, but because she has caused so much strife in the DNC party with half for O'bama and half for her she will no way ever get the support she will need especially from African Americans. So to you Fair weather Hillary supporters, if you vote for McCain or even write in Hillary's ( STUPID) name and the republicans get control again don't expect Hillary to win in the future because she will not get the African American vote she needs to win and thats a fact. So either say hello to change or:

    1. Continuing paying $4.00+ for gas for the next 5 years
    2. Watch our troops continue to die (then the blood is on your hands?)
    3. Foreclosures skyrocket
    4. Jobs lost
    5. Unemployment rises
    6. Foreign relations get worse
    7. Letting relatives stay at your home because they lost theirs. (not funny )
    8. Working 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet.

    Your Choice....another 4 years like the last 8?

    O'bama 08 – 12

    June 10, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Tom, St. Paul

    AJ wrote: "I can honestly say, it's no longer about Democrat v. Republican. It's all about defeating this snake oil slaesman in the fall. Obama will be a bigger disaster than G.W. Bush!!"

    Stop the presses! AJ has something to share with us. AJ, the floor is yours. Please tell us what makes Obama a "snake oil salesman", and in what ways will be be a "bigger disaster" than Bush?

    Please tell us, so we can know why we should immediately withdraw our support for Sen. Obama.! AJ, you may be our nation's savior!

    Go ahead now, AJ, don't be shy, TELL US!

    June 10, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. John Doe

    Terry, you will go down in shame when he is elected just watch.

    June 10, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Anthony

    Bill Richardson, Jim Webb.

    Have a little fun with Arizona and nominate Janet Napolitano.

    Hillary has important business as Senator of New York...

    June 10, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. skylark

    Do not respond to Hillary supporters. Eventually they will come around or go away.
    They are merely an annoyance at this point.
    They are only seeking attention. Don't get sucked in.

    June 10, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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