July 9th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
6 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.


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soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. Sheople for Obama

    Hillary Clinton ran against a young, inexperienced, untested and unqualified person. JUST because he was black, the fact that she dared to run against him, MADE her a racist.

    Obama ran against a qualified, tried, accomplished and experienced person. Since she was middle aged, white and a woman- by the same logic that would MAKE HIM an ageist, sexist, misogynist.

    Think about it.

    July 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. David in Dallas

    He better pick Hillary, or we will have Vice President Romney. I doubt if McSame will last 4 years as he is too old to even be running for president, so it looks like we will be stuck with President Romney. I hope I can find a job in Canada.

    July 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Loretta

    I believe that a lot of Hillary supporters will not vote at all if he does not pick her. She is the one! No one can come close. It will be the best decision ever . This general election campaign has been totally boring without her. Senator Obama, America needs Senator Clinton working with you as the VP. Please pick her. She "rocks" like you said.

    July 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Peggy - Tx

    Barack Obama overall has made good decisions so far. I expect him to pick the candidate that will best help Democrats secure the White house.

    I personally would like the whiny Hillary supporters to vote for McCain and then stay in the Republican party. They can then actively work to sabotage the Republican Party in the next Senate and Congress elections- they are just losers.

    July 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Debra in NC

    Hillary has too much baggage, Bill being the biggest wild card. I do not think he will choose her. And if the Clintonistas want Supreme Court justices to throw out Roe v. Wade, well that's what a McCain vote gets. Maybe she would be a great SC nominee, I suspect she'd love that. You call yourselves feminists? More like sore losers.

    My pick would be Joe Biden but everyone on the list would be good. Even Hillary might be good if Bill weren't part of the picture. JMO.

    Obama '08!

    July 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Susan, Macedon New York

    Much as I think Hillary would have made a better President than Obama, I don't think he should pick her as his VP. She's not one who can stay in the background and before long she and Bill will be trying to take over – whether it's up front or clandestinely. I forsee a palace coup.

    I agree with whoever mentioned Biden. I think he would make an excellent VP. He has the experience Obama lacks and he doesn't seem like a pushy guy.

    Why put these Republicans on the list? You know he'll never choose one as his VP no matter how conciliatory he may seem. The party will never allow it.

    July 9, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. geecee827

    Why are so many dropping out? Maybe because there are so many good candidates to choose from – unlike the Repugnantcans – and only one can be selected, so some guys are just letting him know they want to keep doing what they are doing and not be the V.P. Particularly a guy who is Senator or Governor of his State for a short time, he wants to stay in his position and make a difference for his State. The Dems had a great field of choices this year. The best guy got the nomination and he still can choose from a few very qualified people. I like Biden myself, and am sure if he doesn't get the V.P. nod, he may be Sec'y. of State, but definitely will hold a prominent position in the new administration.

    July 9, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. selected not elected

    Obama will be seen by millions as an illigitimate candidate.

    He bullied his way into the nomination using race as both a shield against criticism and as a sword to gut and eviscerate the opponent.

    His supporters were hateful, nasty, filthy and vulgar in their attacks on fellow democrats. Resorting to tash talking name-calling rather than presenting informed and reasoned arguments for voting for Obama.

    There were threats to black out the vote and stay home if Obama wasn't selected.

    Hillary was disrespected, heckled, and treated terribly and unfairly.

    That is why we will not fall in line behind the Obama.

    July 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Boulder Brian

    To anyone saying that Edwards won't help because he didn't help Kerry:

    Do you realize how hard it is to unseat the current president during a time of war? Yeah, nearly impossible. This election will be different. People can't wait to get that mindset out of the oval office.

    July 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. PEEKAY

    ALL THE OTHER COMMENT WHERE CLOSED-- i JUST WISH EVERYBODY WOULD STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR THE REASON THAT WANT VOTE FOR (BARACK OBAMA)- THE REASON IS NOBODY WANTS TO SEE A AFRICAN AMERICAN BE PRESIDENT- SO TELL THE TRUE AND STOP MAKING EXCUSES– GOD MADE US ALL AND YOU PPLS SHOULD BE ASHAME– WHEN YOU PRAY TO GOD HE ALREADY KNOW THAT YOU ARE PREJUDICE– BLACK HAVE VOTED FOR WHITE ALL OUR LIFE– SO BE REAL AND STOP BEEN FAKE.. AND I LIVE WHERE THEY ARE PREJUDICE HERE IN MISSISSIPPI

    July 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Election Watcher

    Even if HRC runs with Obama, I can't vote for him. If elected he'll make the Bush years seem like a golden age.
    Nobaba '08

    July 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Loretta from California

    Pick Senator Clinton because she is the best person for the job. I'm not threatening you :) Just hoping that you will pick her.

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!

    July 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Salaam, Lawrence KS

    "Hillary Backer for McCain:
    Im a PUMA and will work hard to turn New York State RED"
    *****
    Are you suggesting that Hillary is gonna lose her Senate seat in 2012; because she's not leaving the Democratic Party, as you well know?

    July 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. H-ROD

    Take your time and chose wisely theres no need to rush. speaking of Russ they gave that slimeball 38 mill. to keep lying for the corporations what a country !

    July 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Kelby from Houston, TX

    Hillary can be trusted. More will get done with her by his side. The Clintons have only had America's best interests at heart. All of their actions and decisions have proven that. We need to let the anger and mistrust that has accumulated during this primary season go. We need to let all of that bitterness go. Hillary as a VP will unite the party and the country. I love Hillary. I love Bill. They are not out to hurt but to help. All of us can lose focus in an environment like this but we must remember what is important.
    There is only one thing that I am concerned about. And that is the future. And believe me, the only way that we are going to get there, is together.

    ONE LOVE!

    OBAMA '08 DEMOCRATS '08 AND FOREVER!

    July 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Nicosia, Petersburg,Va

    Now let us think about this using logic and rationale. For those of you that said "I will write in Hillary's name" guess what that is still a republican vote b/c a write in won't matter. Voting republican just b/c is pure stupidity.

    July 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Those accusing OBAMA of flip-flopping are laughable.

    Senator MCBush is proving himself to be the FLIP-MASTER!

    July 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. Preston

    Those of you who say they will vote for McCain if Obama doesn't choose Clinton are either sexists, racists or dumber than the folks who voted for Nader in 2000. The difference in policies between Obama and Clinton is minuscule. The Obama campaign didn't do anything that the Clinton campaign didn't do. Clinton got some bad advice early on from her advisers (largely ignoring caucus states and running as the experience candidate despite Biden, Dodd and Richardson having more legislative, executive and or foreign policy experience which should have indicated to everyone that experience wasn't the key to success) that she couldn't overcome after February. For me ( a Clinton supporter even in 2004) it was her air of inevitability and the way she answered or didn't answer questions early on in this campaign.

    July 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Lisa, he hasn't flip-flopped on Iraq. That's a Republican smear tactic. As far as some of your other comments – public financing, his daughter speaking to the media, have you ever had a second thought? Had circumstances change and then changed your mind. Most humans do. I'd rather have someone that can respond to the circumstances at hand and change their minds than stubbornly stick to a position no matter what.

    Plus your Republican buddy McCain has changed his mind on immigration, on drilling, on Bush's tax cuts. Unfortunately he has gone from being an independent thinker to towing the party line.

    July 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. PEEKAY

    AND ANOTHER THING STOP THROWING HILLARY AT HIM HE WILL MAKE A GREAT DECISION ON WHO TO PICK AS HIS VP–IF YOUR GOING TO VOTE FOR HIM IT WANT MATTER WHO HE PICK..

    July 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. truth be told.

    PUMA:

    WE are true democrats... believe, if you will that actually millions of Republicans crossed over just to vote for Hillary Clinton... but 99.9 % of us are lifelong democrats. WE know it, and now so does the DNC and the Obama campaign.

    Check the DNC voter registry... we will appear on it going back decades- unlike the first time newbies.

    WERE we to BE, crossover Republicans- that would just further the argument that Hillary was the better candidate- able to rally the base AND have crossover appeal.

    Either way... Hillary was loved, wanted AND voted for by millions.

    Stop believing the hype created by Obama and fueled by the media. Saying that Hill is hated did not make it so.
    Saying that Obama will win, will NOT make it so.

    July 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. PUMA for BARR

    Never ever a Republican, no longer a Democrat, Barr it is.

    July 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Charlie, Upstate NY

    Obama/Richardson.

    Stop the madness.

    Eric Holder looks like the guy on Barney Miller.

    July 9, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Stephanie M. Robinson

    I feel that Sentor Obama's children should be off limits. Since they are so young and you will always have an over zealous photographer or reporter that will go after them. My main question is did you the press respect the previous first families wishing when they asked that you the press not include their children and didn't you the press honor their wishes ?
    So I the difference or the Big Deal Now????????????????

    July 9, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. L

    Not a very exciting list to pick from....

    July 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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