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. Jeff

    In response to an earlier post: Michigan's governor Jennifer Granholm can not be vice-president because she was born in Canada. She became an American citizen when she was 21.

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

    If anyone of you vote for McCain because Hiliary may/may no be on the ticket. Go outside and float down the street because you were not true to the game. If you like things the way they are then Vote for McCain. Personally I think it sucks that you jump ship.

    Obama/whoever 08!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Speider

    I have to laugh at those who still threaten to vote for McCain if Hillary is not VP on the democratic ticket. THAT would certainly teach America and the world a lesson! Further decline into the abyss and a candidate further from the ideals Senator Clinton holds dear.

    Senator Clinton has urged you to support Obama in 2008 but you still whine and threaten like spoiled little children. What happened to the good old days where these people jumped off buildings, slashed their wrists or took an overdose of sleeping pills and didn't pollute our society with their bitter psychosis?

    June 10, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Michelle

    For all those that are sayiing that they will vote for McCain if Hilliary is not on the ticket as VP are not die hard Dem's–please be honest and tell the truth that you all do not and will not vote for an African American or should I state a mixed race man who happens to be part African!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Ted R. from NYC

    The most pragmatic choice for VP would be someone who can deliver a swing state like Pennsylvania (Ed Rendell) or someone to help with the Latino vote (Bill Richardson). It would be unwise to take Hillary because then Obama would be saddled with Bill. And he has no reason to even consider Nancy Pelosi, who has a lower approval rating than President Bush.

    PS – A note to all of you Hillary supporters out there who say they are now voting for McCain: You are being just as bitter and spiteful ahs she is. I urge you to look at the big picture.

    June 10, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Mubasir Mundia

    Chuck Hagel!!! for VP

    PS you hilliary fans are such BABIES-GROW-UP, and have an intelligent debate! STOP Crying

    June 10, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Erik on Wall St.

    Kescia (above), Again excellent post – I think this post should be required reading by every woman in America!

    June 10, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. o.

    I believe Jim Webb would be the Military Counter Punch to John McCain an his so called Military Experience.

    Web Fought, Actually Fought in Viet Nam.

    Webb could also Counter the McCain's, constant Claims, that, Barack is actually for "Surrendering In Iraq" to Simply Withdrawing from a Mess.

    Webb could ask...

    Did We Win or did We Lose in Iraq ?

    Or did we Surrender or Concede the Win to Viet Nam ?

    Or Did we Spread Democracy and Finish our Job there in Viet Nam and Simply left ...Viet Nam ?


    John McCain

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

    Obama/Webb is the winning ticket.

    June 10, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Megan

    Hillary will get all the REpublicans out to vote for McCain. She just can't be on the ticket. Plus, how does his fresh/new/change message work with her on the team? And, where does that leave Mr. Bill? No, no HIllary as VP. But she should have a solid, good cabinet level position or be supported to move up in Senate leadership.

    I like Wesley Clark. Military, experienced, smart, diplomatic. I don't think having 2 minorities (black and woman) on the ticket is the best idea to get those wavering voters to come on board.

    June 10, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Debra

    Actually , after all the gender bias regurgitating form the O mama parisites, there are a lot of good female choices for McCain that would strengthen his chances of winning the election. It likely would pull in a lot of women voters that otherwise wouldn't vote for him.

    June 10, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Phil

    Caroline Kennedy? You people must be nuts. You want to put somoen totally unqualified on the ticket as number 2 to shore up a first term Senator. Why is she even mentioned on the blog, because she is Jack kennedys daughter. If he chose her as the VP this year would make McGovern look close.

    June 10, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. AnyoneButMcCain 08

    yes i am upset and sad that Hilary dropped out. However, I am all for anyone that's not a republican! It is absolutely crazy to vote for McCain just because Obama beat Hilary. Seriously, do we really want McBush for 4 years, and give the Republicans MORE power? He will take this country deeper into the gutter that Bush has set us in.

    June 10, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. TL

    I I wonder how many posters who claimed they voted for Clinton and demanded that she ought to be on the ticket are real Democrats or really voting for Clinton in the primary. This forum has truned to be a psy-op for Repblicans who tried to sway the public opinion.

    June 10, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. An Independent Hillary

    If not Hillary, how about Obama/Dianne Feinstein or Obama/Barbara Boxer? Two extremely experienced senators who would make Obama look good to all voters!

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

    Democrats for Mccain = Im taking my toys and going home mentality. Part of the problem...never the solution.

    June 10, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. No More Clintons, CA

    It is high time to TURN THE PAGE on both BUSH and CLINTON years!

    No VP to Clintons!

    Hillary ran a disorganized campaign and could not even balance her own budget!

    Are her running dogs now in Chicago begging for money to pay off her campaign debt?

    June 10, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Michael

    Everybody has to realize one thing and im not advocating that this happen but....

    But Whoever Obama chooses for VP must be good to be President if something does happen to Obama.

    THere is a big chance for the Secret Service to have a full plate once Obama becomes President, there are more "extra" threats involved then any other President out there....

    So basically people talking about Ventura to Bloomberg to Powell to even some Dem Governor....

    YOu have to realize whoever Obama chooses must be fit to become the President too.

    June 10, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Lynn

    If he is too arrogant to not to pick Hillary then he doesn't want or deserve her 18 million voters. Then if he loses the election it will be because of his arrogant self and all you supporters and lets not forget Michelle.

    June 10, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Mac

    Jim Johnson!! Jim Johnson!! The same Jim Johnson that was the head of Fannie Mae??? The same Jim Johnson who recieved sweetheart loans from the Countrywide CEO, known as "FoA", friends of Angelo?? Funny how the largest customer of Countrywide has been Fannie Mae and the CEO's get these "special" deals..

    Nice to see Obama changing Washington politics by using quality individuals like Jim Johnson. Hey Obama, how does Joe Taxpayer get a sweetheart mortgage? Oh, I forgot, we don't, and get stuck paying the bill for your corporate cronies.

    Same Old, Same Old

    June 10, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Downfall of John McCain

    Hillary supporters who vote for John McCain in the FALL, or do not vote at all are selfish. They arent looking for the good of AMERICA or the 45 million without healthcare. They care only for themsleves and are sore losers.

    June 10, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Brian


    Let me get this straight. You would sit out the fall campaign, not exercise your right to vote, help put McCain in office. All as a protest against the system?

    So, you would be happy losing your rights as a women (Roe v Wade), your right to equal pay (he voted against that) and continued war that cost this country 12 Billion a month. This is not a vote for the PTA President. You really have to grow up. This is grown up stuff. Do you like the fact that the very rich get a major tax break when you cannot even fill your tank? Because John McCain is ok with that. Read what you wrote "Sure Obama will make a good president too."

    Your reasoning is not very well thought out. We can only hope the majority out there understands the importance of this election.

    June 10, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    One hopes Shrillary is already OFF the list... talke about "bag and baggage."

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

    A top military leader is a great idea! Then McCain's team has nothing that Obama's does not.

    June 10, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. RyanD.

    I look forward to Obama being up 18-20 points in the national polls in August and going with Clark or Webb.

    McCain has plenty of time to self-destruct, and he will. Hillary only gives Obama a 3 point bump, she isn't needed.

    Obama 08'

    June 10, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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