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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    Stop with the Hillary madness already! It's not going to be her! If you have any sense, you will keep in mind that there are Supreme Court noms and Roe v. Wade and a host of other issues that we have to be concerned with. You know what happened last time you pulled something like this and voted for Nader and Bush got in. You want that to happen again? Your rights are on the line here.

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

    If any of you readers or posters in this blog are swayed by anything an Obama, Clinton, or McCain supporter says is just simply weak minded

    June 10, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. GS

    No Brainer if he wants to be elected.. Hillary. I don't see a majority of Clinton supporters voting for Obama unless she is on the ticket. I have said throughout the primary campaign... I won't vote for Barack. He doesn't have the experience, he's arrogant, forgot 1/2 of the voting public until he needed them and now is openingly courting them. PA got it right. Even if they knew Clinton was probably not going to get the nomination, they voted for the better candidate. It's the silly democractic leaders who got it wrong. I am glad my vote will count in Nov. because I am not sure if it did before. I may have been the 1/2 of the pop. in Mich. whose vote was not counted. I can't wait for it to count against Barack.

    June 10, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Neutral

    Obambi is a COUSIN of DICK CHENEY!!!!

    June 10, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. William, from Cali

    Why not, Colin Powell? I think he's very qualified..................but, I think at last, I saw him as a Republican....................Will that work?

    June 10, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Michael, WI

    Anyone without the last name Clinton

    Russ Feingold!!!

    June 10, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. o.

    smokesignals : 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?

    I saw Dennis Kuciinich on CSPAN and it was GREAT, it does seem as if CNN is somewhat Controled to stay on Certain Stories an become Autonymous on other stories.

    O. Snady Springs

    June 10, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. appalled

    I am disgusted at every single Hillary supporter threatening to vote McCain if she isn't VP. Are you stupid? McCain is NOTHING like Hillary. You're not even voting for policy or the best leader of the country. You're voting to prove loyalty! You're voting out of spite and emotion! That's the WORST kind of political decision! And, coming from a feminist..did you any of you brilliant Hillary loyalists, who are all about her being a woman, consider that voting for a WHITE MAN instead is just PERPETUATING THE CYCLE of white male dominance in the country's most powerful political position?

    UGH. You all make me sick.

    June 10, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Patryk Edeke. Minna,Nigeria

    Obama/Clinton is the ticket that will guarantee the avalanche of change that is about to engulf the USA and returned it to her rightful position as the big brother in the international scene.

    June 10, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. John

    Without Hillary, Obama will loose and the Democratic Party will loose and most of all, the USA will loose.

    June 10, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Michele, Oregon

    It will be exciting to see his VP pick!

    FYI: Some of the current poll findings from clearpolitics including CNN:

    RCP Average 05/29 – 06/09 - 47.0 42.7 Obama +4.3
    Gallup Tracking 06/07 – 06/09 2633 RV 48 41 Obama +7.0
    Rasmussen Tracking 06/07 – 06/09 3000 LV 50 43 Obama +7.0
    IBD/TIPP 06/02 – 06/08 916 RV 43 40 Obama +3.0
    CNN 06/04 – 06/05 921 RV 49 46 Obama +3.0
    CBS News 05/30 – 06/03 930 RV 48 42 Obama +6.0
    USA Today/Gallup 05/30 – 06/01 803 RV 47 44 Obama +3.0
    Cook/RT Strategies 05/29 – 05/31 802 RV 44 43 Obama +1.0

    Notice that the earlier polls have a slimmer margin. As people get to know Obama better the numbers go up as shown in the later polls.

    June 10, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Nick in Ohio

    If you go from supporting Hillary to supporting McCain, you don't care anything about the future of this country. Not because John McCain would be horrible for this country, necessary... but you aren't using your vote on what counts - the issues. The two candidates are polar opposites when it comes to any political debate in this country.

    The truth is, we need a leader like Obama who is willing to lead as well as learn from others at the same time. No experience can prepare anyone for the White House on Day 1... no matter who is in the hot seat, they have to be willing to learn and adapt... this world is too complex. This is why I grew to support Obama much more than Clinton. He listened to the economists on the gas tax holiday. He's constantly talking to the smartest and most influential people in the democratic party (that's why he won... he alienated as few people as possible...). He is a unifier and this country needs him now.

    Also, i don't understand why people think he is much farther left than Hillary. Their positions on the issues are so similar ... is it because of his name ??

    June 10, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Alan, Bonita Springs, FL

    I'm sorry Hillary didn't get it. But anyone here who is stating they'll vote for McCain if Hillary isn't selected as VP are exposing your immense immaturity. Are you REALLY sure you want to help give this country ANOTHER four years of extremely Bush-like results and ideas to "make your point" that you're unhappy your candidate didn't win?

    That sort of thinking makes me wonder if Hillary was ever the right choice.

    Grow up!

    June 10, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Dem of NJ

    It is better not Obama/Clinton so I can shift my support
    to McCain without hesitation. I donated $2300 to Hillary
    and I am going to donate the same to McCain.


    June 10, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Bruno Fiorucci

    Please Senator, no more Clinton's back in the White House. It is time to move on and away from dynasty's in politics. You campaigned for change, their are many qualified that share your vision and have your
    commitment, the Clinton's have had their moment in the sun.

    June 10, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Shelly in IL

    MSNBC's Kieth Olbermann would be great! Smart, funny, enthusiastic, good looking all the qualities of a VP. And he is on your team...lol

    June 10, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Neutral

    It is NOT Obambi who will choose the VP, the big BOSS of DNC during convention.

    You people need some EMAJUCATION! You're too stupid to think on your own.

    June 10, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Jon in Maryland

    Sen. Obama needs a VP that will evince his commitment to a new kind of bipartisan politics.

    Since his voting record is so far to the left, he needs a centrist – even a moderate Republican, someone who has a track record of reaching across the aisle.

    With such a pick, he may be able to attract more Independents and the Reagan Democrats – a group that includes many of the working folks that voted for Hillary.

    Aside from a candidate that helps with the Electoral College math, it would be good to select someone with executive experience, someone who has had to do make decisions affecting the economy, and someone with foreign policy experience.

    Who is this person? I don't know, but reason, not emotion will give us the candidate best for our chances in November and best to govern the nation if – heaven forbid – the worst should happen.

    June 10, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Ed

    One name is all that needs to be floated,
    Senator JIM WEBB!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Proud American

    In Yodas words "Wisely you must choose".
    Lets Go Dems!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. David, Charlotte, NC

    Please. He should have made a decision and likely has. He is pandering. He must think (well wait... judging from the postings he may be right) that once again voters have Stupid written on their foreheads. Get a life. He doesn't care what any of us think. It will come down to who the Democratic machinery wants.... that has become evident in this whole campaign. It isn't about voters – it is about the establishment - the power brokers for the DRC.

    June 10, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Emma

    No one but Hillary will do. Do you want Obama to win? Then she is the only one who can help him pull it off. Otherwise, it's President McCain/McBush.

    June 10, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Eugene

    never ever hillary !!!

    June 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Bruno Fiorucci


    June 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Hnic

    Obama – Hagel
    Obama – Webb

    BOOK IT!

    June 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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