June 20th, 2008
02:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Party unity - and potential VPs - at Chicago roundtable

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Barack Obama sat down with 16 Democratic governors on Friday in his hometown of Chicago to discuss all things economic and to emphasize the future partnership they envision between the White House and the states.

Conversation focused on energy, infrastructure, jobs, education and health care.

Obama strayed from his initial scripted remarks to hit John McCain on his recent proposal to allow states to decide if they want to drill for oil off their coasts.

"When I hear John McCain say that he is now in favor of the same oil drilling off the coast that he was opposed to just a week ago, what he doesn't tell you is that George Bush's own energy department has said that this would have no impact on consumers until 2030," said Obama.

The governors in attendance included seven who had supported Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, and several who have topped many experts' of lists potential vice presidential prospects, including Kansas' Kathleen Sebelius, New Mexico's Bill Richardson, and Pennsylvania's Ed Rendell.


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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. jonny

    Obama/Gore '08!!

    June 20, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Rea

    Obama is keeping everyone on a string, especially Clinton.
    Once he gets what he wants he'll throw them under the bus too.
    He is basically a con playing Chicago politics.

    June 20, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Fella from Chicago

    Flip-flop, flip-flop; Obama will change his position on this subject as well within a month or so. Just depends when his "camp" decides to pull on the puppet strings that control his vocal chords.

    June 20, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Loretta from California

    That's right, AS USUAL they are focusing on all the the issues that are important to me. You go Dems.

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!!

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Sabrina

    Some times it is hard to change your mind, except when it is some thing that will be better for the people, in this case oil. of course it is not for short term but we have to start some time. What do you want .... keep pay higher higher gas prices. We can still develope other types of energy at the same time.People are really hurting are we going to keep debating this foer another 20 years. I,m glad McCain flip floped on this.

    June 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Debby

    Rendell is the only decent one out of the other 2. Richardson is a turncoat and can't carry the Latino vote or probably the state for Obama and Dorothy from Kansas is a just blah.

    June 20, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Jen, CA

    I lke Obama's new presidential seal, especially the "Possum" part – sorta reminds me of road kill!

    June 20, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Obama/Hillary 08

    Let us elect the Democratic party this November for the white house. We need change in the war in Iraq, our economy, and our foreign policies. We need to restore US image around the world.

    June 20, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. amtFresno,CA

    Obama/Webb or Obama/Clark (the ret. General) Joe Biden or Richardson for Secy of State.& Webb or Clark for Secy of Defence if not picked for Veep.

    June 20, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Shawn

    Don't know why he won't consider Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. He seems like a good choice for Obama's administration.

    June 20, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. SZ

    Senator Obama: please see Wolf Blitzer's blog post today about why it's okay for politicians to change their minds. Should clear up your consternation over McCain's change of heart vis-a-vis oil drilling.

    June 20, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. BJ

    I understand the Oil Companies already have 68 million acres of land that they have never explored for oil. That is why the Dems keep turning down the off shore drilling projects. Why give them more until they do something with what they already have.

    June 20, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Didi

    Obama , does he really knows what he is doing?
    MANIPULATIVE PRIMADONA, THAT'S WHY ALL HOMOSEXUALS LOVE YOU!

    GET LOST!!!

    I CAN NOT BELEIVE THAT AMERICANS ARE SO NAIVE TO TRUST THAT SNECK!

    June 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. puff

    I AM BITTER AND CLINGING TO MY GUNS. HE WILL NEVER GET MY VOTE EVER....................
    MCCAIN 08

    June 20, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Phil, FL

    McCain is a flip-flop liar.

    June 20, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. UMMUKHULTHUM

    AH HE,S JN CONTOL

    June 20, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. Haloalani

    This is a preview of what will be the new presidential forum for change.

    June 20, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Obama08

    Eugene....you obviously have not done ANY research on mcBush...I've caught salmon in SE Alaska that flip-flop a whole lot less than Mcsame....

    June 20, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. mel

    Kathleen should be his vp and Edwards his atty general,hagel
    secty of state,Hillary surpreme court justices Wesley Clark,
    secty of defense and secty of commerce Mrs edwards.

    June 20, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. Olivia

    This man is acting like a super president.......far more prestigious than any other president this country has ever had.

    Now, he has even got his own presidential seal.....before he is elected. And, he's now talking about his white family only, not his african roots much.

    The sheer arrogance of the man. This is the guy that was handpicked to elevate our country? This is the guy that you all tried to destroy Hillary for? WHY!

    Many many bad things about Obama. Time will tell.

    June 20, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. gary

    THE TRUTH IS OBAMA IS AGAINST ANYTHING HE DONT BRING UP HIMSELF.HE IS SO ARROGANT, HYPOCRTICAL ,AND JUST AN AROUND CON MAN. HE DONT EVEN WANT MCCAIN, OR HRC TO GIVE OUR COUNTRY SOME KIND OF RELIEF ,EVEN IF ITS SHORT TERM. HE TALKS BOTTOM UP .WHAT A JOKE HE IS. HE TALKS A SMOOTH TALK BUT BRINGS NO PLAN FOR EVEN A SHORT TERM SOLUTION.O.B. IS STUCK ON HIMSELF. HRC WAS IN THIS FOR US ,NOT LIKE O.B. TO MAKE HISTORY. YOU YOUNG VOTERS HAVE ALOT TO LEARN.MAYBE WHEN OUR COUNTRY GETS ATTACKED WORST THAN 911 YOU WILL WAKE UP. IT MIGHT JUST BE IN YOUR BACKYARD THIS TIME.

    June 20, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    EUGENE, dude, calm down. Since when has the right to change our minds been taken from us?

    I, for one, am glad that Sen. Obama has not taken federal funds..... how about this idea....... LET'S USE THE 84.1 MILLION HE IS NOT USING AND PAY OFF SOME OF THE OVER $10 TRILLION IN NATIONAL DEBT? OR HELP SOME FOLKS THAT HAVE NO HEALTHCARE WITH IT? OR USE IT TO IMPROVE VETERAN'S BENEFITS!

    I don't see how people are upset about this? IS IT BECAUSE SEN. OBAMA HAS RAISED A RECORD AMOUNT OF MONEY? Jealousy takes many forms.

    And to all of you voting for McCain, hope you will be happy with more of the same!

    MORE WAR, EVEN WITH IRAN...... A 100 YEARS IN IRAQ

    MOUNTING NATIONS DEBT, OVER $10 TRILLION!

    God help us!

    June 20, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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