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. Anonymous

    I wish some would stop with this Hillary crap; Hillary is not the only women on the planet that could make a good VP, my goodness. Why are some of you disrespecting other women or men?

    We have some very great people in the political arena that could do just a good of a job.

    Hillary is not the last stand on earth. Would you say the same thing about a doctor or lawyer or teacher?

    My goodness... and she's 30 million dollars in debt.

    June 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Peggy - Tx

    Obama/Clarke would make a good team.
    Obama and his team have done good so far. I have absolute confidence in his ability to select the VP canidate that would be best for the Democratic party.

    Anyone but back-stabbing, whiny Hillary Clinton!!!!!!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Wanda Reed

    Stop your hateful remarks about Hillary!! She does not want to be his VP...................why should she? If it was offered and she accepted, it would only be to help him win the GE. And she should simply refuse because he doesn't deserve to have her. So why can't all you hateful so called educated Obama supporters just leave her alone. She is no longer any of your business.

    June 10, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Steve J61

    My fear with Clinton as VP is that she might try to take over. She would be the most visable VP ever. On the other side of the coin, she might not get involved enough.

    The country is in big trouble. We need a strong leader to effect serious change. We need somebody that is bold enough to effect that change.

    I don't know if any of the candidates can do that. They're going to have to prove that to all of us.

    June 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Herman in LA

    I wish some would stop with this Hillary crap; Hillary is not the only women on the planet that could make a good VP, my goodness. Why are some of you disrespecting other women or men?

    We have some very great people in the political arena that could do just a good of a job.

    Hillary is not the last stand on earth. Would you say the same thing about a doctor or lawyer or teacher?

    My goodness... and she's 30 million dollars in debt.

    June 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Jo

    So now I see why Nancy Pelosi and Harry Ried were pushing Hillary to get out of the race. Political strategies are in play! As an Independant I am witnessing the hipocracy within the Democratic party everyday. I like Obama but he is proving to be the same old story. Too bad.

    June 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. EDW

    Seeing that the man has led a pretty flawless campaign I am confident that he will make the best choice.

    June 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. ATL Chik

    How 'bout OBAMA/RON PAUL!!!! That equals SMART + SMART/CONSERVATIVE.

    June 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. Sarah

    It's Hillary, or it's history for Obama, as far as I'm concerned. He needs a strong woman to cancel out that retro housewife Michelle.

    June 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. loser

    Only Hill can secure the win...

    But he can't pick her– she has shown how much MORE qualified she is than he.

    He can't pick her- she outshines him.

    What a pickle of a bind.

    NO MANDATE AND no Hillary?

    Wow.

    June 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Unite the Clans

    OBAMA / GIULIANI 2008

    June 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Sue Howes

    Hey Hillary Hater...let it go..join together and unite..she is supporting Obama 100% and will help him to get into the White House with all the supporter's she has behind her. Feel blessed she has come around to help Senator Obama campaign instead of feeling what you do about her..
    She is a good soul as is Obama and it will be a great source of positive energy having her going around campaigning for him.
    As mentioned before..we need to reunite the party and work together as a team to make this work.
    Please join all of us
    Thanks

    June 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Jose'

    20 Names??

    This guy has no idea what he is doing.

    June 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Larry, Apex, North Carolina

    ABC: Anybody But Clinton

    June 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. phantom of the Oprah

    He needs them ALL

    AND OPRAH

    to sway the vote his way.

    June 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Venus

    Way to go Bam! This is to let people know that Hillary is not the only person to be his VP!

    Also- would Hillary put Obama on her ticket if she had won? I doubt it!

    Obama for president!

    June 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. John

    "he gets others involved in the decision making ..." like Bush got Cheney and Rumsfeld...?

    Check Jim Johnson's record. Riddled with (gasp) special interests. It's just more of the same.

    There isn't a dime's worth of differrence between Hillary and Obama. And there might be justa dime's worth of difference between Obama and McCain.

    Keep drinking that koolaid.

    June 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. David

    Anybody but Hillary...she only suspended her campaigning rather than condede because shes just waiting for a media scandal involving Obama or when the GOP starts using fear tactics to step up and claim the nomination. We need a stronger VP and im sorry to say this but theres no way in hell America will elect a black man and a woman on the same ticket...one at a time to start the ball of change

    June 10, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Sarah

    Caroline Kennedy, huh? That woman hasn't worked an honest day in her life. You think she's going to start now?

    June 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. aware

    Obama is good at old style politics, Photo Ops/PR, obfuscation, reading teleprompters and throwing people under the bus when they are no longer useful to him. Obama=Bush – just the opposite extreme! :(

    Don't waste your vote disillusioned Democrats! Vote for the American hero. John McCain 08! :)

    June 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. diana

    No Hillary PLEASE, the nation has had enough of that drama, and way too much of Bill's garbage.

    June 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. ladync

    This country has over 300 million people, to keep going with the same 2 families in the highest office seems very third world.

    Peace

    June 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Dave in Houston

    You want real out-of-the-box thinking?

    Steve Jobs!

    Since jobs are going to be a critical issue this election, the fact that Obama has Jobs on the ticket shows his close contact with working America. Also, Steve Jobs has a great deal of executive talent.

    June 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Susan fron Kona HI

    Obama should NOT be strong armed into the Clinton machine. He doesn't have to pay for her 30 Million debit nor should he put her on the ticket as VP. She was mathimatically out of the race weeks ago but she wanted to push on FOR HERSELF. She mis handeled her campaign and lost 11.6 Million of her own money. Obama shouldn't have to chose this kind of idiot for a runnign mate. He would have to hire taste tester because how can Anyone trust the Clintons? They think Obama is a fairy tail. Her speach on Saturday was ALL ABOUT HILLARY. We need someone who is for the people. The 18 million voters that voted for her would probably NOT vote for her again. The bitter old white poor folk that voted for her are not the majority of the voters. Let them make threats and see if John McSame and his expensive 100 yr war is a good solution. Wake up America!!! They will come around.
    A real good choice would be Richardson. He brings the spanish voters . He has foreign experience and isn't grandstanding for himself.

    June 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. sylvia

    who on earth in their right mind would want any nominee to pick Caroline Kennedy!! This just tells you how stupid the voters were when it came to Obama with his no experience and his dark shady
    terriorist friends and his hate spewing [reacher and his racist wife! For Gods sake do we not remember that the Muslim nation wants to creepin and destroy us!!!! I think this American youth has lost its marbles probable because its parents have aqnd still are supporting them and they are too lazy to think

    June 10, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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