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. Steve - Minneapolis

    Would you folks get over it.

    I'm sure Hillary is being considered fairly against all of the other candidates. I personally hope for someone other than her but would still vote for Barack and the Dems if she is on the ticket.

    Grow up. Think about the stakes of this fall's election. Read Barack's books, his web site detail and review some of his public appearances from the archives. Turn off CNN and start thinking for yourselves.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see him extend the option to a moderate Republican. Not a bad strategy if too many Hillary supporters fail to come around. Many of my fellow Barack supporters are former Republicans.

    June 10, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. DJ, LA, CA

    This is it...my list is only off by 3 or 4 names:

    1 Senator Clinton
    2 Gov Sebelius
    3 Bill Richardson
    4 Sam Nunn
    5 Tom Daschle
    6 General Wesley Clarke
    7 Senator Webb
    8 Senator Bayh
    9 Gov Rendell
    10 Chuck Hagel
    11 Senator Biden
    12 Gov Strickland
    13 General John Batiste
    14 Senator Dodd
    15 Senator Feingold
    16 Senator Casey
    17 Dick Gephardt
    18 Senator Harkin
    19 Senator Tester
    20 Gov Culver

    June 10, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Clinton Supporters: IF Obama does not chose Clinton, then do VOTE for MCCAIN! At least, McCain is qualified and experienced and knows what is going on. Obama hasn't a clue! If he had a clue, he would have already named Clinton and stopped his foolish search. Obama hasn't a clue, nor does his wife. Both losers.

    June 10, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |

    So far, not a single Obama hater has posted a logical, rational case for not supporting the presumed Democratic nominee.


    The Democrats and republicans are POLAR OPPOSITES.

    but.. I suspect a couple of things...
    1) there are a HUGE amount of republican posers on here with a misison to keep the party divided. I have even begun to notice that the posts are peppered with the usual right wing garbage... (marxist, communist, liberal, blah-blah-blah)

    2) the 'other' haters are people incensed that the nominee is Obama.
    These people have their own 'issues' and WOULD NEVER HAVE VOTED FOR OBAMA IN THE FIRST PLACE. (no matter how much you deny it, or use "excuses" like experience..... we all know the truth)

    June 10, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Jim Doogan

    Obama-Webb or Obama – Hagel

    June 10, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. gene sacco

    I do not know if he would take it, but I think Al Gore would be the perfect Vice President for Obama.

    June 10, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Sam

    Pick whoever you want. All of Hillary's supporters are voting for McCain. He didn't win...he was selected.

    GO MCCAIN 08! HILLARY 12!!!

    June 10, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Manish

    How come nobody mentions Bob Graham? He's a former Senator and Governor of the all important state of Florida. He brings much foreign policy experience to the table. He was a former chairman of the National Intelligence Committee. He was also against the war in Iraq. I can't think of a better choice. Obama/Graham 2008!

    June 10, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Jen

    Good luck Sen. Obama !

    June 10, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Debra Austin, Texas

    Leon, get off of drugs. It doesn't help your analytical ability. Hillary supporters, take it or leave it but stop whining. If you're voting for McCain then adopt him instead of prefacing everything with, "I'm a Hillary supporter." It doesn't matter anymore. Threats are just signs of weakness. Vote McCain if that's your choice. If you do support him, learn his record and be able to defend him in comparison to Obama.


    June 10, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. yuri silver

    I hope Obama will not pick Hillary, because I will not vote for him under any circumstance, although I am a Democrat. Rationally speaking, I appreciate his standing on many issues, and yet find his arrogance and ruthlessness highly distasteful. Do you recall he denounced Hillary's experience as First Lady as "nothing?" In my mind, any experience, whether paid or not, can be valuable. I also find his consistent message of "This is my/our moment, your, meaning anyone chronologically older than him, is over." This is so repulsive.

    Mr. Obama, I have no doubt that you are intelligent, and yet I am considerably troubled by your sexism and ageism.

    June 10, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. David Goldman for OBAMA










    June 10, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Patrick Peavy Plano,TX

    I am a die-hard Hillary supporter. I will not stay home, write her name in, or vote for John McCain. I will vote for Obama enthusiastically and show my support and volunteer efforts for the general election the same way I would have for Hillary. I would love to see her as V.P. but that is Obama's choice, it will be his presidency. You are shooting yourself and Hillary in the foot if you don't help elect Senator Barack Obama for President. If you don't like Obama, fine, but keep in mind a vote for him is a vote for Hillary and all prominent Democrats successful political future. Please don't vote out of spite, if I got over it you can too, I have loved Hillary for 15 years and have waited my entire high-school and adulthood waiting for her to run.

    Obama/Clinton 2008! or whoever he chooses will get my vote!

    June 10, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. jAYjAY

    McCain can't get people to his events. He wants to use Obama do draw a crowd and get free press

    June 10, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Jeff


    Obama/Clark '08!

    June 10, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Jason

    If the democratic party was really serious about changes, then Hillary Clinton should be the nominee, not some Junior Senator with limited government interaction. Obama is nothing more than a democratic Junior Bush. Does the nation really think that someone who's linked to radicalism is the right person for the most important job in the world? Mercy on us all!

    Obama= all sizzle and no steak.
    Obama= a democratic Junior Bush.
    Obama= 4 more difficult years
    Obama= BAD NEWS for USA

    June 10, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Anon DFLer

    Hey, Hillary Supporters,

    You say you won't vote for Obama because his campaign was sexist? How about President McCain appointing Supreme Court justices who overturn Roe v. Wade, how about President McCain signing parental notification laws and global gag rules into law, how about President McCain continuing the War in Iraq and privatizing Social Security. If those issues are really less important to you than personal pride, then you are all incredibly ignorant and you will only have yourselves to blame for them!

    June 10, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Judy

    Not Hillary! She doesn't have the experience or appeal that Obama needs. And she'd do her best to undercut him. And she and Bill are old, worn out news. We need fresh and upcoming people and ideas.
    Go Obama!

    June 10, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Chris in Florida

    Leaving clinton off the ticket gets you Obama supporters a BIG LOSS in November. Remember those 18M votes you MUST HAVE to win. Your votes aren't enough!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Jake

    What part about the majority of democrats wanting Clinton to be the VP nominee didn't Obama and his group understand?

    /anyone else, and you WILL lose in November

    June 10, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Loretta from California

    Why not make it really exciting, and give us all the names of cabinet members.

    June 10, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Cecilia in VA

    Anyone but Jim Webb, that guy is wack! And we in Virginia would know. Not to be trusted...

    June 10, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Lynn

    To Kescia: How many women have forgiven their husbands cheating or vice versa. How old are you? His cheating was a private matter like in any family. It is up to the woman or man to try to forgive and sometimes it makes the marriage stronger. So why are you bringing this up. Are you a Republican or Hillary hater. Taxpayers paid millions of taxpayers money for going after him on this. But Nancy Pelosi and Democrats will not go after Bush/Cheney on the war and other things. There lies caused the deaths of thousands, thousands that are disable for life and millions of dollars wasted that could have been used in this country Go figure.

    June 10, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Dina/Bronx for Obama

    Jim Webb - he'll bring in the rural white vote and the swing states. He has a military background, is a Vietnam vet, highly decorated, he has DC experience as well as local political experience.

    And please - Hilary supporters: continue to suport her as she supports Obama. A vote for McCain is a vote for no choice, continuous war, more taxes and higher gas prices. The man is clueless!

    But hey! That's just my opinion!

    Obama '08

    June 10, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Viva Obama/Clinton 08

    A Vote for Barrack Obama is a vote for Hillary Clinton because they support the same cause.
    A vote for John McCain is a vote for a George Bush third terms more wars, bad economy and more country will not want to deal with our country. If you were really a true Hillary supporter that want a better America for this generation and the future generation you must vote Democratic this November. Please do yourself a good favor and vote for the Democratic nominee this coming November.
    No hard feeling because Hillary has none against Barrack. We must put the Republican out of the white house.
    As you can see, we are in a big recession and that will get worse with a John McCain.
    I want to tell John McCain that gas tax holiday is not a solution for our energy problem and is not going to be a solution. This gas tax holiday shows that John McCain do not understand the economy. Keating 5 john McCain took money from the Keating five for political favor.

    June 10, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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