July 9th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama makes stop at VP vetter's office

Holder, right, and Caroline Kennedy are heading up Obama's VP search.

Holder, right, and Caroline Kennedy are heading up Obama's VP search.

(CNN) - Barack Obama made a surprise stop Wednesday morning at the Washington, DC law firm of his top VP vetter, Eric Holder.

Campaign aides declined to say exactly why the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee made the unscheduled stop, including whether Obama was specifically meeting with Holder.

Holder, a former deputy attorney general during the Clinton administration, is currently an attorney at the law firm of Covington and Burling. He serves as a legal adviser to Obama, and was tapped by the campaign last month to help steer the Illinois senator's search for a running mate.

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David Axelrod, one of Obama's top political advisers, accompanied the presidential candidate into the office.

Obama and Axelrod were in the building for a little more than an hour.

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soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. Helene

    O.K. Ryuken, you'll vote McCain ! Good. That just shows how stupid and reactionary some Hillary's supporters are. Well I have news for you ! Your candidate needs Obama's big donors help in reimbursing your dear candidate's debts (and Mark Penn !). If you are so supportive of her, why don't you open your big bank account ? Bottom line : vote for who you want, because we do not need YOU !

    July 9, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    I realize that Barack supporters are on edge, just waiting to find out who is going to be his VP, but please folks be very patient, this is the most important decision that he will be making, before claiming the White House, he must be left to decide, who will best be able to support him in bringing CHANGE to Washington, and who will best be able to take up the reigns should it ever become necessary. (pray that this will never become an issue).

    John McCain has been running for the general election for four months plus now, and HE STILL has not announced a decision.

    CNN please, why does it take soooooooooooooo loooooooong to moderate some comments?

    July 9, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. CD

    What is wrong with Hillary supporters? We can't have two senators running for President and VP. It is not going to happen so get over yourselves. What bothers me is that you guys want Hillary as VP and hopes she takes over Obama, so how mean and dangerous can you guys be? We don't need you guys if you will be so evil in your thinking of why you want Hillary as VP.

    FYI, Hillary supporters better PRAY that Obama wins in November which I'm sure he will because we have the perfect excuse to put the final nail in the Clinton dynasty if Obama dares lose. Yes we will vote for any other democrat but not HILLARY. Hillary will even be lucky to maintain her senate seat and you can count on that. And if Hillary dares to run again she will lose miserably in the primaries. And who says Obama won't give it a second shot if he loses but we know Obama will win so I won't even go there. Finally, you are not invited to our acceptance speech in Denver, DNC party is all yours but the STADIUM belongs to OBAMA supporters ONLY.

    July 9, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. PUMA for BARR

    Barr will have Hill as VP

    July 9, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Tammy - KCMO

    As long as he doesn't pick Hillary I'll be fine with who he does choose.

    July 9, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Michael


    She doesn't even know Obama. The Clintons stood with her through her mother and her brother's deaths. Clinton took heat for allowing the Coast Guard to search for John's plane and this is what he gets in return? There is one simple explanation, the Kennedys did not want the Clinton's to achieve what the Kenndeys did not. It was easier for them to usurp Obama as Robert Kennedy's legacy than it was for them to support the person who truly represented his legacy (close White House insider, Senator from New York)-0--Hillary.

    July 9, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Scott L

    He is trying to figure out why the veep candidates are dropping like flies?

    July 9, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. fairandstraight

    Ryuken, as soon as early voiting starts, go ahead and vote for McCain. Obama should pick the best person HE can work with, not allow pressure from people to force him to make a mistake. If the best person is Hillary, by all means, he should pick her. If not, he should listen to the professionals and decide who is best to help our country.

    Currently, I don't think should be Hillary because of the divison she has created by staying in the race months after she had no chance of winning the nomination. This gave people false hope as well as a false impression that the race was stolen from her. Any candidate that tried to use their supporter to pressure the nominee of the party to select them should not be chosen as VP. Any candidate that ran up millions in debt knowing they had no chance of winning fairly and would solicit others who can't afford it to pay it back does not really care about others. While people are donating to her debts, she is enjoying the life of the rich and famous. Donations should be used to help take the white house from the republicans in November.

    Obama and his best choice 08!!!!

    July 9, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Helena Fee

    Hey! Remember when republicans were talked into voting for Hillary in the primary in attempt to make Obama lose? Wake up you Hillary lovers. The republicans not voting for Obama were the ones that voted for Hillary in the primary with no intention of voting for any democrat in
    the general election anyway. I don't care who he picks for VP. He will win in Nov. No more Bushies.

    July 9, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Enlightened Voter

    Anyone but Hillary, sorry but can't do her. She ran a horrible campaign, couldn't even manage her own money and is just a wicked person. I am an avid Obama supporter but I couldn't vote if she were on the ticket.

    July 9, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Laura, Pennsylavia

    I would not necessarily like to see Hillary as the VP. I'd like to see her make a lot of positive changes in a Cabinet capacity. It could give her far better national press than she had as a First Lady or a Senator. She absoluetly needs to conquer the bad press before she could reasonably win hands down.

    I think Obama's best choice would be a female who has a good deal of military or foreign experience via the Departments of Defense or State. Most anyone who reachers the upper echelons of those departments have a ridiculous amount of talent and merit. Most of the male candidates that have made sense to me have dropped themselves out of the running.

    July 9, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Debby

    He will lose if he doesn't pick Hillary and even the Obama supporters I talk to say the same thing. Edwards won't do anything for him being on the ticket he didnt' do anything for Kerry. I thought the Obama girls were adorable and I loved the interview. I don't what the big deal is all about and I am not even an Obama supporter. I wish people would lighten up and not read agenda's into everything.

    July 9, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Marie Ontario

    Doesn't matter who he picks it'll be a landslide for him in November as there just aren't enough morons amongst the voters to elect McCain.

    McCain's only claim to fame is the surge is working albiet the only reason behind the reduction of violence is because the U.S. has been arming it's enemies. Remember this isn't the first time for this fiascal as there was arming Saddam, then arming Osama Bin Laden to fight the Russians etc. etc.

    What do you suppose will happen if the enemies being armed turn against the ones providing them with the weapons?????

    July 9, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. usa

    pick me! pick me!i know lot's of stuff.

    July 9, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. TESAP


    July 9, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. MIchael Lorton, Virginia

    CNN is reitoreating what we already know.....so he stop in to see his legal advisor........dah......! Come on guys and gals......give us something to sink our teeth into!!!!

    July 9, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Linda

    More and more my fear that Obama is a closet conservative seems to be coming true. He needs a veep who has intergrity and knows what being a liberal means. I hope they will consider Senator Clinton!

    July 9, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. NotPayingHilary'sDebt

    To Those Who keep shouting "Hilary or I vote for Mc Cain" .. just vote for Mc Cain & STFU ... because the probability of Obama choosing Hillary is 0.1 out of 1000

    July 9, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Look at what you are doing!

    To all of you bitter Hillary supporters (and the Republicans posing as fake PUMA's), look at what is happening right now! We are on the verge of war with Iran and Bush and McCain are just itching to pull the trigger and send us all into World War III. If your bitter vote for McCain leads this nation and the rest of the world into WWIII can you honestly sleep at night knowing that your vote led to the deaths of thousands of humans (not just Americans, Israelis, and Iranians) all because the person you supported for President did not get the nomination? Your vote out of bitterness shows that you never cared about Hillary or the issues. You just wanted a woman in office. What does Hillary think about all of you "supporters" who are now willing to support everything she stands against?

    July 9, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Shane


    July 9, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. Marc PDX

    John Edwards is a mode of transportation for a great haircut. He'd be a good match for Obama.

    July 9, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. California Gold

    There is a tremendous pool of potential VP choices. If you support Obama or support the Democrat Party platform, then vote that way for our next Presidential candidate. But this is not about Hillary Clinton, Wes Clark or anyone else who would be VP on the ticket. We are voting for the President. If you really feel that Mrs. Clinton should be in the White House or in the VP office, write her in, but casting a vote for McCain because you are angry is quite foolish. Do you think the Clintons are going to vote for McCain because they are angry she isn't the Presidential or VP candidate? No way!

    July 9, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Scott L

    I love this quote about Obama from another user's post in another thread: "He is becoming the political joke of 2008."

    Still not too late for Dems to select Hillary at the convention. At least she would not make a comedy out of the Democratic party.

    As a McCain supporter, I was scared of Hillary in the general election. But with Obama, easy as pie this fall.

    And you will all be crying FOUL FOUL FOUL! But reality is Obama has nothing. He is an empty bag of wind. Complains a lot, offers no solutions, changes his stances on everything, has to re-state everything every other day, clarify his points, and throws people under the bus after a month earlier swears he could never disown them.

    The best part is, even after all this, it is so comical to watch Dems try to justify their candidate's actions.

    Rev. Wright is gonna come back into the spotlight people...you watch.. After Obama disowned him and humiliated him in front of millions, Wright will take him down.

    July 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. ps

    Ryuken wrote July 9th, 2008 12:13 pm ET

    "If he doesn't pick Hillary I vote McCain – simple as that. I have never voted for Republican in my life, but I will!"

    Sure, Go right ahed and Vote McCain. But do not cry foul when Obama supporters vote agaist Hillary or any other women candidate in 2016.

    July 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. SteveO

    Ryuken, so you are going to vote for someone who is so right wing it isn't funny just because Hillary didn't win? Take a deep breath and think about it my friend, McBush will follow the same failed policies Bush did and drive this great country even further down.

    July 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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