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.

Interactive: Who might be on Obama's VP shortlist?

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  1. One America


    June 10, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Bill


    June 10, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Ross- Ohio

    I've kind of been on the fence during this election process as an independent, but you can say, i am getting to notice, by the way Obama has conducted his campaign. It looks like he has all the management qualities one needs. I am kinda impressed; he seems to be getting everyone around him involved, and not just about him.

    June 10, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. poor boy

    Ding Dong... the wicked demagogue is dead.


    The only one that can save him- maybe- is HRC.

    Te he he

    June 10, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Brian, NJ

    Be aware Webb has issues, like not supporting the idea of women attending Annapolis. Hillary would be fine for me except for her baggage (which means Bill). If she would agree to divorce him (who really thinks they are married in the traditional term anyway), I would pick her.

    But Hillary supporters have to genuinely put themselves in Obama's shoes on this one. Obama will be the President, this is not President by committee. Bad enough to have Hillary second guessing anything you do but having a loose cannon of an ex-President out there as well might be just too much to deal with.

    June 10, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. carla

    Anybody but McCain't

    June 10, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. kamenwati

    The Hillary or McCain folks are either Republicans or complete idiots. Hillary Clinton isn't going to vote for McCain, why are you?

    June 10, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. AnaMaria

    Go Obama!
    You are a true leader.

    June 10, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Tom

    Obama doesn't need Clinton, he's up six percentage points in the poll. All you Clinton supporters enjoy voting for McBush and losing, AGAIN!

    June 10, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Venus

    Hillary is not the only way for Obama to win! If that was the case – why did she lose and have millions in debt! No Hillary!

    June 10, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Chicago man

    Here are my guesses:


    Some of these I know are longshots, and some have already said no, but I ran out of names.

    your thoughts?

    June 10, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. MC in GA

    Anyone but Hillary will work for me. She is spiteful and wouldn't even admit defeat despite Michigan and Florida being counted. This isn't what we need – we don't need someone else in the white house that can't admit when they're wrong or defeated. Everyone else that said they're going to vote for McCain if it's not Hillary, go right ahead and do it. We'll just merge your state into West Virginia so we can isolate the idiots from the rest of the country.

    Obama 08'

    June 10, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Obama /Oval Office.

    Caroline Kennedy
    Joe Biden

    June 10, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Susie

    MSN has reported that Hillary has posted the biggest debt by any campaign EVER !

    June 10, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Buffalo Guy

    Jim Webb is the man. Mccain can't match his service to this country one bit. He knows the republican play book because he was oone of them. It is unheard of for a republican to switch party. This guy Jimmy should not be taken lightly.

    June 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Carl, Atlanta

    CNN, unless you have the list of 20 names, you don't have anything to report.

    June 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Richard in Bellevue, WA

    Am pleased that Senator Obama is looking at a wide range of people and getting feedback from even more.

    Shows that he really does care about the decisions he makes and is capable of opening up and asking for help and advice as needed.

    The children growing up now, seeing this are blessed. They finally have a mentor to look up to.

    June 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Indy

    Sam Nunn.

    I have a feeling that a lot of these "pick HRC or I'll take my ball and go home" posts are from repubs. There are good reasons why Obama won't pick HRC as his VP. They're the same reasons that HRC couldn't win the dem nomination, despite starting our with a huge logistical and financial advantage.

    June 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Lee

    Save Hillary for a Supreme Court position.

    June 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. No HRC

    Obama may not win because of the BITTER hillary supporters but the next time Hillary run she will not win because us BITTER Obama supporters. WOW, we have more in common that I thought. THE WINNER WILL BE MCSAME. I pray that he save the babies from being killed by over turning ROE vr WADE. I will just have to think like a Republican. I have food. My tank is full. My kids have all that they want and need. So BITTER Clinton supporters MAKE MY DAY. Make sure that your kids keep their heads low when they go to Iraq or Iran. My kids won't be going by the way.
    No Obama Then No Hillary in the future. She has gone as high as a man will let her. She will NEVER be president. You can bet on that.

    June 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Obama will NEVER be president

    I'm voting McCain whether my Hillary is on the ticket or not..... I will vote for Hillary in 2012.

    June 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Obama /Oval Office.

    No Hillary

    June 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. A Vote for McCain is a vote for Prosperity

    Who cares?

    Obam was appointed by the DNC and the DNC will appoint a VP.

    After seeing the results and the delegations from the state of Washington where Obam got 25 delegates on less than 30,000 votes and he got more delegates in TX and NV when Hillary won the popular vote are prime indicators that the nomination was fixed.

    So go on and try to seize the headlines on a phony VP search. Give me a break.

    June 10, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Don

    No matter who he picks for V.P. they will both screw up our country.
    Look what the demcrated congress done to us already. They will only mahe it worst !!!

    June 10, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Ben (New York) Hillary 2012

    Let put it very clearly, If Hillary is not on ticket – he losses is pants to McCain.

    At least 60% of Hllary supporters will either abstain, or vote for MCcain

    He should bank on that!

    June 10, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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