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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soundoff (507 Responses)
  1. Observer

    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!

    June 10, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Chris

    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.

    June 10, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Priscilla

    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?

    June 10, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. California Girl


    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/Hillary 08

    June 10, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Democrat for McCain

    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 ?

    June 10, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. ANGIE

    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!!!!

    June 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA



    June 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Elie

    Barack Obama/John Kerry

    June 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. mike

    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!

    June 10, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Sue Howes

    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.

    June 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Clinton Hater

    I hope one of the 20 is not Clinton

    June 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Independant now

    I guess I'll just vote for McCain since I'm one of those uneducated Hillary supporters.

    June 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Accountant Guy

    I am sure he will make a good choice in VP. As long as it is not Hillary Clinton, then I will be happy!

    June 10, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Veronica in Richmaond, VA.

    Caroline Kennedy,Barbara Boxer,Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, Jim Webb!

    June 10, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. dennis from texas

    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

    June 10, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Michael in Dallas

    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.

    June 10, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. aware

    Who cares?

    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! 🙂

    June 10, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Eric

    Hillary Clinton!!

    June 10, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Brian

    Hillary better get an offer.

    June 10, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Go Hillary

    **** IF YOU WANT TO WIN THERE IS ONLY ONE NAME YOU NEED TO KNOW.........................................................................................

    ***************************HILLARY CLINTON***************************

    June 10, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. hello


    June 10, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Dwayne, Louisville, KY

    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.

    June 10, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Fools for dictatorship

    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.

    June 10, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Chris, Middletown, CT

    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

    June 10, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "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.

    June 10, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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