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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This is an exercise in futility! He's wasting his time.
Unless Hillary is on the ticket as VP, he probably won't get enough votes. According to current math, there's just 5% separating him from McCain, and easily that many – or more – could cross over to the GOP.
Many disgruntled Hillary supporters are talking about doing just that!
Be careful Mr. Obama. Whomever your pick is may be the one deciding your policy; knowing you cant come up with one of your own but to talk to terrorists and say "change" over and over again.
Give me a break! Mr. Obama will be putting feelers out to see how the public reacts. If it's a negative response, what do you think he will do? He is just too much of a people pleaser for me. When will everyone get over this movie star excitement?
The demographics of latino voters that are following Obama are the young vote. The over 30 age group are very relunctant to vote for Obama. So don't count your eggs before they hatch. Also, Obama cannot win with Bayh. Bayh did not do any good in the primary election. Did you forget Hillary brought forward 18,000,000 voters?
You really need to do your your homework.
Obama's motive is to get Presidency by any means.
He is trying to attain this objective the way he shrewedly grabbed his first office in Chicago.
Does this list have Obama's favourites of the likes of Wright, Rezko, Farrakhan ?
good job obama you take your time and listen to other people and their views you dont make hasty decisions or decisions under pressure thats what we need as a president great job cant wait to call you president obama!!!!
WE HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IT WILL BE A COMPETENT,
DECENT & HONEST PERSON.
Barack Obama/John Kerry
To some Obama supporters: all the stuff that was written against Hillary, that she was taken it to the convention, etc was a lied. As soon as Obama met his number she gracefully got out and went above and beyond to support him. No one evers gives her credit!
Not all Clinton Supporters are threatening in anyway...about not voting..it's mainly those in Florida and Mich. where they are upset about their votes not counting.
I am a transformed Clinton Supporter..Hillary asked us to pull together for the democrat party and help Obama get in and that is exactly what I am doing as are others. We are doing it in all sincerity..leaving the past behind and moving forward.
Hillary would make a GREAT VP and together Obama and her would make a SUPER TEAM. She exceeds in areas where he doesn't and he exceeds in areas she doesn't they do compliment each other in many ways.
It is Obaba's choice and he will do what he feels is right. Let's just get over the past and move on.
I hope one of the 20 is not Clinton
I guess I'll just vote for McCain since I'm one of those uneducated Hillary supporters.
I am sure he will make a good choice in VP. As long as it is not Hillary Clinton, then I will be happy!
Caroline Kennedy,Barbara Boxer,Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, Jim Webb!
it does not matter who he picks you first must weigh the fabric of o bama he has little experience voted present 138 times in the senate and is too liberal
There may be a list of 20 names, but the number one candidate is already in Senator Obama's mind. Regardless of what he is now saying, he knows who he is going to name... the rest is all window dressing to make it look like he duly considered the other candidates for number two... including Hillary.
Disillusioned Democrats will defeat Obama. Obama is extreme left-wing. In ideology, Hillary and Barack are miles apart!
McCain will be a centrist president in touch with mainstream America – like Hillary! :)
Hillary better get an offer.
**** IF YOU WANT TO WIN THERE IS ONLY ONE NAME YOU NEED TO KNOW.........................................................................................
THERE IS NO BRAINER HAVE COMEETEE AND ALL THAT NONSENCE.
SELECT HILLARY OTHER WISE FACE DEFEAT. IN NOVEMBER.
I pray one of those 20 are NOT Hillary Clinton. She's too much of the same ol' political machine and we've all had enough. Someone unexpected, but brilliant, please.
Poor Obama... he needs all 20 on the ticket to ensure a win.
That is what happens when you install the WEAKEST candidate just on charisma.
Theres only one to be chosen – Sebelius
Theres only one not to be chosen – Clinton
The choices are clear.....there are many angry women incorrectly stating that Clinton has "experience" – no....she doesn't – she needed to purchase a house in NY State (a place she knew nothing about...and definitely was not Arkansas...her actual home state) – just to become a senator.....in her term – she voted for the war in Iraq....then states she didn't...then she did....and she decided to add an earmark to the important SCHIP bill (childrens health insurance) to add 1 million dollars for a Woodstock Museum)
Or you could pick Kathleen Sebelius...a woman....with actual "experience" – not a philandering husbands "experience" like Clinton – its time to wake up...she played you
"Mary G Cordero June 10th, 2008 1:30 pm ET
I hope one of those 20 is Hillary Clinton."
Obama has said many times that Hillary would be on his "short list".
However, the problem comes with the vetting process. Remember that she carries all that baggage from the Clinton administration – scandals such as whitewater, impeachment, etc. that the Republicans would love to use against them.
It has little to do with how well she is doing now. She has a checkered past, and that alone could ruin her chances of becoming VP.