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.

Election Center: Who's on Obama's VP list?

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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Eric Holder
soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. Shelley

    Where is Oprah?

    July 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Phil in KC

    Could it be that an announcement is emminent? Gosh, I sure hope so! Then all those Hillary supporters who just can't let it go will have one more thing to complain about. More threats to make. More crying.

    July 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Mrs.L

    To Lisa : Mc Cain is also the Presumptive !!!!!
    How can we forget that!!!!

    July 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. WeBoDave

    Hillary Clinton as Libertarian V.P. candidate and Democratic Senator is impossible.

    Why should Senator Obama pick Hillary and fire up Republicans who seem, at least now, demoralized and unexcited by McCain. I also thinks it allows the Republicans to use the negative strategy they came up with over the last two years when they expected Senator Clinton to be the Democratic nominee.

    Governor Richardson may be the smartest choice because in a close election New Mexico could be pivotal. I also think he raises the possibility of an electoral landslide if Richardson can help significantlly with Hispanic voters.

    Sam Nunn would also be a good choice if it forces McCain to use resources in Georgia and minimizes McCain's national security edge evident in recent polls.

    July 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Bill in Virginia

    To: Ryuken

    Go ahead idiot, vote for McCain. Who cares (you're probably a republican anyway).

    Obama/Biden '08!!!

    July 9, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. debra

    Didn't Cheney head up Bushes search for VP and Cheney decided that Cheney was the best choice for VP? Gee, that worked out well didn't it. Caroline Kennedy has even less experience than Barack. Are you kidding? Caroline won't even be on the list.

    July 9, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Patrick

    It's funny how Obama supporters hate Hillary so much that they dont want her on the ticket even att he expense of winning in the GE.

    Look at history and see what happens when the winner dosent pick the runner up in a close Democratic Primary: THEY LOSE!!

    Obama/CLinton 08!

    July 9, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Mrs.L

    To Lisa::

    Did you forget that Mc Cain is only the Presumptive candidate also.

    Get Real!!!!!

    Obama 08,12

    July 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Lisa

    I hope he doesn't flip flop on the VP pick, like he flip flopped on his daughters not speaking to the media. Flip Flopped on public financing, Flip Flopped on the war in Iraq, and Flip Flopped on Bill Clinton.

    July 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. b Jiggy

    If he picks hilliary i will vote for mccain! i have never voted republican but i will. Her supporters are rude and harsh!! Here it is Obama, helping her pay off her 22 Million dollars and debt and her supporters are still bashing him. If he picks her i'm done with the democratic party! 🙂

    July 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Griff

    this Guy Obama won't win the Election, and his trouble will never stop from then onwards... Ruined. Family problems untold, the whole shabang You aint seen nothing yet.....

    July 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. debra

    Caroline Kennedy wouldn't even carry the state she lives in.

    July 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Ann Hussein West


    Caroline Kennedy is better than druggy Cindy McCain!!!

    July 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Dwight "Hussien" Eisenhower

    Mr. Holder should be Attorney General in the Obama Administration .... Highly ... Highly Qualified from his prior work in the Justice Department and still in his profesional prime.

    July 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. james

    I don't think Obama needs to pick Hillary and I would rather he didn't. He seems to be doing fine without these "I'll vote McCain" idiots. These sore losers need to help her pay off her debt instead of whining about Obama. He won fair and square. Look at how much support he got from those who worked closest to Hillary, the other senators. That tells you a lot right there. Obama will destroy McCain, with or without Hillary.

    July 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Party ideals were destroyed.

    I am a strong Hillary supporter.

    I voted for who I truly believed to be the best candidate out there- Based on platform and issues. No race baiting, no game playing, no gender bias, no threats, no hate, no nasty filthy insults against others. No matter what happens next, I have a clear conscience.

    I do not care if she is VP or not- I would still feel that Obama is not the right choice- even with Hillary as VP. And I would still oppose and protest the mockery of freedom and justice that occurred in the democratic primary. That kind of media driven, DNC permitted, Obama encouraged, swiftboating of one candidate just to advance the other can not be allowed to go unchallenged. It offended my sense of justice and integrity.

    This election is now about MUCH more than democrats regaining the white house- it is about democrats reclaiming their party and its ideals.

    Hillary is the right choice. I would only vote the ticket, reluctantly- out of respect and admiration for HRC.

    July 9, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. debra

    What is that? psycho babble? If Barack tinks that hill is the best choice, that is who he will pick. I think you are nuts throwing around unfounded accusations/ lies. Just shut up- you're creeping me out!

    July 9, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Chuck

    Like her or not Hillary Clinton is an impressive woman. At her best, I believe she could truly balance out Obama nicely. And Bill's expertise! If they could put their egos aside for the sake of this country; the things they could accomplish could really benefit this country for atleast the next sixteen years.

    However, an ego is hard to discard. For example look at some of the broken egos of the Hillary supporters. They would rather give the country another Bush term than give the country to a man, who is trying to bring change. They would rather feed into all the inaccurate spin & demonizations of Obama than realize that he is the individual for the job.

    July 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. joshua

    I will only vote OBAMA IF CLINTON IS ON THE TICKET I SWEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. JC

    Why is it some idiots get to post two, three or four times on the same topic whiles others never get posted? Is it because CNN likes to continue to spread the bitterness some of these people have?

    Vote for the best person, not your party. This election is not a referendum on the Bush presidency. Iraq is improving to the point the GOI wants us to start to think of an exit strategy. Having been there I can tell you that the truth about Iraq is not what the Democrats such as Sen Reid and Sen Obama have been preaching. They just hate President Bush and sometimes I wonder if they even love their country.

    July 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Malcom Little

    Senator –

    The PERFECT VP is someone that ...

    1.) you can trust & work with as a partner when you deem it appropriate.
    2.) you can delegate tasks to, and be confident that they will get completed as you want them to be completed.
    3.) can GUARANTEE you a RED state that you would not otherwise get.
    4.) is ready to be president if something should happent to you
    5.) mutes McCain's percieved wisdom, experience, and the superficiall allure of his POW status.
    6.) pulls white men in the south.
    7.) is smart enough and yet smooth enough to show up McCain and his running mate in the debates.
    8.) would be able to win the Presidency in 2016 after two Obama terms

    July 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. To - Truely a Democrat

    Why can't we just support Obama, why must we complain about who is VP? He is a great man on his own and whoever he chooses they will make a great team regardless.

    July 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Hillary supporter MA


    July 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. SIMP

    No HIllary. she is not trustworthy. All you haters who say they will vote for Mc old timer, go ahead. You people are the real losers he won't beat Obama no way. As far as webb dropping out of VP race, no problem. Obama already knows who he is going to select and it won't be that power hungry HIllary.

    IGo Obama

    July 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. A Democrat No More

    Obama can't win without us Hillary supporters. Frankly, one of the reasons I have not been able to wrap my heart and mind around Obama's nomination is the continued immature blogging of the Obama supporters who regularly wrote and write mean spirited and insulting comments about a briliant woman who won 1/2 the popular vote.

    July 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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