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.

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  1. Iris

    I am sure that Obama is going to select the right people for his team.

    All those who supported Hillary Clinton should remember that they supported her ideas and not only the person. McCain is the one who is the furthest away from her beliefs. Therefore, everyone who says now Hillary Clinton or McCain isn't a real democrat. Because only Barack Obama stands for the same values as she does.

    Please people think more about who you are going to vote, than only their faces. It is their values and programs that you have to vote for.

    Good luck America, i hope you'll make the right choice in November.

    June 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Dave


    June 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. bill from pa

    For all of the posters saying Hillary or I vote McCain. Go right ahead. We're sick of all of the Clinton supporters threats. She lost, get over it.

    June 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Stuck in the middle with you

    I hope we never see either clinton on a stage again . Maybe in a court
    Two For One..Just don't work ....He will make the right choicej

    June 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Anahita

    If Senator Obama is the true agent of change and unity, he should start in his own backyard(The Democratic party) and listen to 18mil voters and select Sent. Clinton as his running mate, then we'll believe and trust him, he should put his words in action, instead of just verbally praising her. IS he just gonna talk from now until November? I hope not. It is not Sent. Clinton's job to unite the party, she has done more than her share in this very bias and unfair primary.
    Sent. Obama has the perfect opportunity now to start making some changes in his own party reg. their cocusses and voting procedures, so what happend to Hillary won't happen again. What the Democratic party did to her is what Republicans did to Al Gore in 2000. I think Al Gore's silence now testifies that, he knows what happend to her.
    Mr. Obama if you want change PLEASE PLEASE START WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR.

    June 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. the obvious

    WHY? There is one, and only one which will help him to win. It is Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    I do not get why is he hesitating. It is so obvious......
    only she can help the best in the office.

    June 10, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. MIchael from Philadelphia

    As a lifelong Republican who plans to vote for Obama in the general election, I have to say that I expected HRC to be an incredibly polarizing figure from the start. I never expected that she could be elected president because there are simply too many people who cannot stand her. I did not expect, however, that she would become such a polarizing figure within her own party.

    I have to ask all of you Democrats out there who are so ardently supporting Hillary and threatening to vote Republican in the general election out of spite or anger or whatever, how you will justify that decision while you watch the body bags continue to come back from Iraq through John McCain's presidency. If you split the Democratic vote, I hope you can live with that reality. Your spite will cost many lives. God help us all.

    June 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Rory Martin

    AL GORE!!!

    June 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. 301

    Warning to the Democrats. Moderate Conservatives like me who are considering Obama over McCain will NOT vote for Clinton ( not kidding).
    I'd like to know what happened to Vince Foster before I put the Clinton's one mysterious death away from the Presidency (only half kidding).

    June 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. the Lorax

    Colin Powel, Wesley Clarke, Norman Schwarzkopf, those are some good names.

    June 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Alice - NYC

    Obama has been making all these nice comments about Hillary recently. In a few months he will see that her supporters are still NOT backing him. Then he will have to make some sort of offer or promise to her. By then he will look weak.

    So Hillary, just lay low and then say no.

    June 10, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. milly

    CNN is afraid to post this because of my comments about HRC. They aren't reporting what everyone already knows.

    No to Hillary Clinton too many old and new scandals and baggage.

    June 10, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Luz

    To all those that are claiming they will vote McCain without their precious Hillary:

    You are idiots. Such fickle behavior is really immature. To vote for someone who will continue us down this horrible path just out of spite is childish and frankly you should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Go Obama no Hillary, change!!

    June 10, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Justin

    Yeah that would be sweet Obama/Ventura

    June 10, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Joe

    For all of you that insist it must be Hillary or you will vote for McCain.

    Buh Bye.

    June 10, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Michael C

    Double Dare, are you a republican rattling your Limbaugh sabre?

    June 10, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. khawks

    Colin Powell

    June 10, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. James

    Sam Nunn or similar stature Dem on foriegn policy would be good. Military does not equal foreign policy experience as we found out with Wesley Clark.

    The other option is someone with success in governece and economics. Governor Kathleen Sebelius has run a good, clean government in a red state with very tight budget constraints. She has used very focused tax incentives to attract some great industry to that area whilst keep ing overall budgets under control. Her priorities have been: Fiscal responsibility, job growth, environment and veterans. I can live with that.

    June 10, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. SaveTheDramaFoObamasMama

    why waste time with finding a vp? Obama is going down in November!!!

    Hillary for President!

    Go Hillary!
    Go McCain!

    June 10, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. mimi

    My first choice is Colin Powell. He is uber-qualified. If not him, Chuck Hagel. A Republican, but one who was and is against the war, is a vet, and has plenty of foreign policy and war experience. I think both men would have the courage to run on a bi-partisan ticket, and Obama would make the most of their experience and wisdom. THAT would be a change I could really believe in!

    June 10, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Jemu

    It would be great if we could model ourselves after Great Britain and have a monarchy which would include our current President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. They would remain in office forever. That would be perfect. It would be America's beloved royal family!

    June 10, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Jersey Dave

    Let the cry baby HRC supporters vote for McCain if Obama doesn't choose their idol. They are just trying to blackmail Obama into making a choice that is not theirs to make. That would be the worst mistake for him to choose her. If he does select her he will be seen as caving in under pressure. Bad choice. Best choice is someone like Sam Nunn who is highly respected by the Republicans.

    June 10, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. Garner

    Maybe your not voting for Obama, but there are a lot of people that will vote for Obama in Ohio!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. cbenji in NYC

    to Greg, NY...
    Mccain already admitted he doesn't know how to use a pc (relies on cindy) so he wouldn't know a google if it bit him.

    google mccain doesn't use pc for video

    June 10, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Lars Larson

    Do people really believe that if they write in Sen. Clinton's name in November that it will really do anything to the Democratic party? Do you really believe you have that much sway? Sure, it may give a victory Sen. McCain, and sure, people can then gloat and say, "I told you so." It is easy to hide behind a fake name (if you bother with a name) on a message board; quite different to own your decision to friends and family.

    Then will the people who did that admit it when nothing changes? When tax breaks are still given to the wealthy and the country continues to lose jobs? When our troops are still in Iraq and we are losing more and more soliders every day?

    Will those who are so quick to pony up a write-in vote be crowing then about how they stuck it to the mean old Democratic party, the bunch of cheaters that they are?

    My guess is they will hide behind their choice by saying we will elect the right person in 4 years, the person who should have been elected.

    By then, it might be too late.

    June 10, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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