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. Paul

    20 names. This shows his inexperience and his team's inexperience. His team is crazy like he is!

    CNN Please post my comment!

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

    to Hillary supporters who wants her on Obama's ticket – but won't vote if she is not.... get a life! You don't get what you want by threating people...

    Since you will be voting for McBush... Hillary should be on McBush's ticket for VP!

    June 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. For Those Dems Voting For McCain...

    Thank you Sue Howes! Wow...a true Democrat among all the vitrol on this blog.

    I will say it is funny to keep seeing people's need to retierate what they aren't going to do on every single blog every day as if we (the rest of the Democratic Family) didn't hear you the first time. LOL If you don't want to support Sen. Obama and feel HIllary is the only candidate to do it for you good for you. No hard feelings. Either you will give your vote to McCain or make a conscious decision to give up your voice in November by refusing to vote for your party whatever your reason.

    Sue won't be one of those people nor will I even if Obama was and is my candidate of choice. It would have been no different had Hillary won. It's not about Barack or Hillary but THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. All these threats and "better do as I say" tantrums by people who can't accept the reality of the current situation are pointless and still do nothing to stop the train. Even as powerful as Hillary supporters perceive themselves to be their voices are not the only ones that matter nor are they the only voters that Sen. Obama will need to earn in his corner in order to win the presidency come November.

    It's quite simple...you access where your life, goals and dreams are now and then you compare them to the candidate whose policies will best serve that mold and there's your answer as to whom to vote for. Calling out Obama supporters on things others have done eq

    June 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. joseph

    FEINGOLD, FEINGOLD, FEINGOLD, FEINGOLD, FEINGOLD, FEINGOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Sarah

    I like Hillary for VP. But Bill can not make it thru the vetting process. I can not believe he is up to the same old tricks. I wonder why Hillary is still with him!!!! :-(

    June 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Supreme voice over all

    BEAT BACK ALL CRITICISM...

    that is change we can't believe in.

    June 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Aviva

    Joe,
    With all do respect, it is a shame to see that type of attitude ("I vote for Hillary or no one.") heading into the election. Hillary Clinton ran a fantastic campaign, but she did not clinch enough delegates to get the nomination. Barack Obama did. He is the nominee. The attitude that you are displaying here is detrimental to the Democratic party, and I hope that other Hillary Clinton supporters out there are not perpetuating such negativity. Poor sportsmanship is never a likeable quality.

    June 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Paul

    Get a VP whom you can blame/dump in a matter of days, the way you did it to your church and pastor of 20 years when the political benefits are over..
    I am just waiting to see when you dump your wife, and the country.. only thing maters is YOU..

    June 10, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Brian

    Anyone Obama picks will be better than McCain and whatever stooge he picks.

    OBAMA / ANYONE '08!!!

    June 10, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Hiliary supporter

    Obama will not win in November, we are staying home

    June 10, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Jon E.

    Hillary should at least be asked; If she accepts she'll make as fine a VP as she has a NY Senator. Who ARE all these other nobody's?
    Are any of them REALLY qualified for President if something ever happened? I think not!!
    Hillary will bring intelligence,experience and numerous key states to the ticket. Bill may have campaigned for her, but she's her own woman and the Dems know that.

    June 10, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. E. C., Houston, Texas

    The Obama Team can float 200 names, and they still won't have a qualified or experienced Leader. Obama should NOT be the Nominee, and he is NOT fit for the job. One day, hopefully before November, Democrats will see what a horrible mistake they have made.........especially the so-called 'super-delegates.' Of Course, Nancy Pelosi would be on the list.! Pelosi has NOT wanted Clinton to hold a Major Office, for Pelosi wants to be the Top Dog. She's been saying 'nay' to an Obama-Clinton ticket from the beginning, and this is the REASON. Pelosi wants the #2 spot. Pelosi isn't worth anyone's time or effort; she's NOT qualified either! That would be a lulu of a ticket: Obama – Pelosi !!! HA! Hilarious! Blind leading the Blind!

    June 10, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Bobby

    Obama and Colin (General) Powell; now that has a wonderful ring to it! Or would white america not go for two African Americans in the White House at the same time? The General brings the military experiences to the table.

    June 10, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Peggy Lucas, Middletown, Pennsylvania

    Hillary or I don't vote

    June 10, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. debra w

    Obama better choose Clinton or this vote...AND LOTS OTHERS...
    will not be for him. He just ain't "the man".

    June 10, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Tim

    Get over yourselves Hillary supporters. This isn't about your pride. This is about the future of America.

    Do you really think Hillary wants McCain to be President? Four years of McCain could just take us down a path that we can't back out of. McCain could signify the fall of Rome...

    June 10, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Pleading from Connecticut

    Dear Mr Obama,
    Please do NOT choose Chris Dodd for VP. He is out-of-touch with his constituents here at home and we are tired of seeing how his strings are being pulled from special interest lobbyists as Chair of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.

    His own failed bid for president is proof that this media hungry politician ( watch any recent footage of Sen Ted Kennedy sailing and Dodd can be seen jumping into frame like a 2yr old starved for attention) is scared that his time is up. Yes, we do need change, but choosing an ineffective, Washington insider like Dodd definitely not what we need now.

    One more request......Let McCain pick Lieberman, we can't wait to get rid of him too.

    June 10, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. New Independent

    I see there is plenty of Kool-Aid on this comment site. I for one am not drinking it.

    I'm not voting Democrat unless Hillary's on the ticket. Otherwise, Obama's vision for "unity" is naught but a ridiculous farce.

    June 10, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. rw in ct

    who cares, he's not going to win anyway.

    country before party.

    June 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Beca

    Hillary is too good to be VP, choose who ever you want BHO, you are going to loose!

    June 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Michael in Seattle

    I just love how one person can speak for a whole state
    "Ohio is not voting for Obama"
    Or how one person speaks for 18 million people
    "It's Hillary or we are voting McCane"
    I for one can't even think about voting McCane or I will be homeless

    June 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. debra w

    Obama AND Clinton OR NO VOTE for the boy.

    June 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Dorothy

    I wish all the Hillary supporters who don't feel "connected" enough to vote for Obama, or feel he is "too cocky" or "too confident" would take the time to review his policy ideas, website, etc. and be smart about the meaning of being a responsible voter.

    This election is not about hurt feelings or emotional "connection", it's about war, women's rights, worker's rights, healthcare, social security and a whole host of issues that my generation desperately want to see a democrat preside over. Folks who say "I'm staying home" or "voting for McCain if no Hillary" are not simply impacting Obama or "getting back" at him. They are handing over our future, especially the direction of the Supreme Court–to the same neo-con, special-interest corporate nightmare of the last eight years. PLEASE think about the country's, and the our future, not your own personal vendettas!! The presidential election is not a personality contest, it's about ISSUES.

    June 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. For Those Dems Voting For McCain...

    Thank you Sue Howes! Wow...a true Democrat among all the vitrol on this blog.

    I will say it is funny to keep seeing people's need to retierate what they aren't going to do on every single blog every day as if we (the rest of the Democratic Family) didn't hear you the first time. LOL If you don't want to support Sen. Obama and feel HIllary is the only candidate to do it for you good for you. No hard feelings. Either you will give your vote to McCain or make a conscious decision to give up your voice in November by refusing to vote for your party whatever your reason.

    Sue won't be one of those people nor will I even if Obama was and is my candidate of choice. It would have been no different had Hillary won. It's not about Barack or Hillary but THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. All these threats and "better do as I say" tantrums by people who can't accept the reality of the current situation are pointless and still do nothing to stop the train. Even as powerful as Hillary supporters perceive themselves to be their voices are not the only ones that matter nor are they the only voters that Sen. Obama will need to earn in his corner in order to win the presidency come November.

    It's quite simple...you access where your life, goals and dreams are now and then you compare them to the candidate whose policies will best serve that mold and there's your answer as to whom to vote for. Calling out Obama supporters on things others have said and done equally as disrespectful/hateful is pointless now because it doesn't change the reality...Sen. Barack Obama IS the Democratic nominee for the party for President. So again, if you, as a Democrat will never vote for him you have Barr, McCain, Nader, etc. The train still keeps moving irregardless.

    June 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Mike

    Is there any truth to the rumor that Obama is considering Cafferty for his VP running mate?

    June 10, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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