July 29th, 2008
08:47 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama heads to VP vetter’s office building

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Obama headed into the office building of VP vetter Monday.
Obama headed into the office building of VP vetter Monday.

(CNN) – In a sign Barack Obama may be moving closer to selecting a running mate, the Democratic presidential candidate was spotted Monday heading into the Washington office building of his top VP vetter, Eric Holder

Following a roundtable with some of his top economic advisors, Obama headed to the downtown Washington law offices of Covington and Burling, where Holder is a partner. He declined to answer any questions on his way in.

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Holder, along with Caroline Kennedy, is principally in charge of steering the Illinois senator's search for a No. 2. Longtime Washington insider Jim Johnson had also been leading the search but stepped down last month amid questions over favorable loans from Countrywide Financial.

Caroline Kennedy is also reportedly in Washington Monday for a Democratic National Committee fundraising event.

Obama's campaign wouldn't comment on the meeting, though he's expected to spend nearly two hours there before heading to a fundraiser in Arlington. Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, as well as senior advisers David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, are also traveling with Obama Monday, though it is unclear if they are attending the meeting.

Speaking with NBC Sunday, Obama wouldn't say how close he is to selecting his running mate, but said it would happen "soon enough."

“I'm going to want somebody with integrity. I'm going to want somebody with independence, who's willing to tell me where he thinks or she thinks I'm wrong, and I'm - I'm going to want somebody who shares a vision of the country where we need to go, that we've got to fundamentally change not only our policies, but how our politics works, how business is done in Washington,” he said.

UPDATE: Obama left Holder's office building shortly before 7 p.m. ET, almost three hours after he went in. He declined to answer any questions on who he met with.


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soundoff (448 Responses)
  1. Heartland Neighbor

    If you want someone who represents change, if you want someone who will help you unify the party, if you want to make history, you want HILLARY. Everyone needs to let go of their egos, ignore the talking heads, and do what is best for our country!

    If you want Missouri, you want Hillary!

    July 29, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    Having monitored these "boreds" for months now, I have come to the conclusion that there is no REAL news. Only rumors, innuendo, and a lot of self imposed ignorance mainly aimed at Sen. Obama.
    Fear and paranoia abound. The hatred and misinformation spread through these blogs, the media and e-mails is out of control. The GOP lied to us about the need for war in Iraq. This is an undisputed fact. They are still lying to us. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Fool me thrice shame on America.
    We are worse than broke, we are in the hole trillions of dollars. This deficit will continue to grow under the GOP. That is the truth.
    Those of you spouting 4000+ Americans dead "not so bad" are totally ignoring the millions of innocent Iraqi men, women and children killed as a result of our illegal invasion. The parents and spouses of our dead Americans surely would not agree that it is "not so bad".
    Had the pilgrims been as afraid of change as some of you, there would be no America. The system is broken. Obama is not a messiah but he is the most honest and unselfish candidate running.
    By the way, you seniors who are trying to survive on Social Security can kiss your butts goodbye if the GOP privatizes the SS fund. They have already cut back on benefits. Now they want to invest the whole fund in a stock market which crashes daily. ? Excuse me. My 401k fund is bleeding to death already. You call us Dems sheep? Please!
    Vote for Obama.

    July 29, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. phyllis in nc

    well....
    I hope he picks the person that write's his speaches. after all thats what's got him this far huh?to me it sounds logical....a good talker is someone who dosen't have to read off of paper...lol...and someone who's speaking theyer mind doe's not have to read every word off of someones elses paper.go obama and be sure you take your speach writer with you because you are going to need him without Hillery.

    July 29, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Donkey Party

    Just say no to Hillary. Don't want her, don't need her.

    July 29, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Jimmy in NYC

    My first choice would be Hillary however if she wants that VP spot she is sure keeping it a secret. She has been missing in action for months.
    Obama in 08!
    If you choose not to vote you are wasting a privilege that millions have died protecting. If that doesn't motivate you then Imagine McCain telling Hillary where to stick her precious Democratic Health Care plan!

    July 29, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Thomas Emerson

    I believe Senator Obama is about to make the largest and very possible the fatal mistake in his campaign. He is beginning to beleive in his inevitable election as president of the United States. I can't possibly envision him winning this election without Hillary Clinton on the ticket. If he is serious about putting the country first and his rockstar fame second he needs to announce Senator Clinton as his running mate immediately, meet with President Clinton and humble himself to accrept some advice that he desperately needs.I am 74 years old owen and operate my own small business and am struggeling like most other small businesses. I have vote in every presidential election since I became of age. If Obama doesn' t come down to earth soon he is going to loose a very close election and I am going to stay home for the first national election in my life.

    July 29, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. patsy, Iowa

    BIDEN!!!

    July 29, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Looking for Mr. Goodburger

    Caroline Kennedy – now there's someone with lots of political experience! NOT! What a stupid choice to put her on the committee for a VP. Is this supposed to be representative of a man that makes informed decisions? What a joke....I'm surprised no one has really brought this travesty to light in the media.

    July 29, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. DonnieJ

    Hans said "After all he did decide to go to the gym instead of visiting the wounded troops. You have to say he does make his priorities very clear. A little disturbing don't you think?"

    Get your facts straight Hansy. He was at the gym WITH U.S. SOLDIERS IN KUWAIT. Tools disparaging Obama based on misleading statements – a little disturbing don't you think?

    July 29, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. bluesky

    ("I'm going to want somebody with independence, who's willing to tell me where he thinks or she thinks I'm wrong...")

    Now that's a radical change from the current administration.

    By the way, all you people saying "No Hillary, no O'Bama" - if you don't get over your bitterness, we're going to have another Republican in the White House. Get some perspective. I'm an O'Bama supporter, but if Hillary had won the nomination, I would have voted for her. It's called putting your country first.

    July 29, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. ATL Jay

    Gen. Wes Clarke seemed like such a natural choice before the negative pub surrounding his "being a POW does not necessarily translate to good judgment/leadership" comments. Let's hope there is some redemption in the media in his immediate future. Short of that, I like Cynthia McKinney. She has incredible poise and foreign relations expertise.

    July 29, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. McCain Lies!

    Hey gastoys – Obama is a Harvard Educated Constitutional Law Scholar. Obviously your not.

    July 29, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Billy J -Austin-Tx

    If you wanna clench it, you are going to have to offer this to Hillary. She may decline but ya'll are really takin' a chance on folks not getting energized enough to get out and vote. If we get a republican, I agree, we deserve it, just like florida and nader votes the first time around. But when the elections are so evenly divided these daze, why in the world would you even have a second thought at the veep being the second most popular primary opponent (like most folks have done for the last hundred or so years)

    July 29, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. TEXAS is Hot

    TO; Cashman,

    Stop and think for a moment why so many people will not support BHO. Stupid people like you play a part. Your comment demonstrates the level of your intelligence. When I glance over the comments on this Ticker it sure defines the intellect of the voters out there who are supporting BHO and it's a scary thought that they will go out and vote! Most of you sound like first time voters, thus, treating this election as some sort of "fashion scene."

    July 29, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Mike,OR

    I believe Obama,s best choice for a VP SLOT should be either Sen Bayh of Indiana, or Sen Nelson of florida. Both Have tremendous success in winning races in republican and swing states .

    July 29, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. marvinj

    Obama / Powell 08 (Let's do this)

    July 29, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Bryan in Indiana

    I have to say one more thing. I wish these PUMA for Hillary people would give it a rest already. SHE LOST. I know it's disappointing, but SHE LOST based upon the rules she agreed to. Don't blame Obama and flush this country down the toilet for Hillary's strategic mistakes. I truly believe she could have won had she not ignored the caucus states...but she did and SHE LOST because of it. In a way, I feel bad for her, but lesson learned. If she runs again, hopefully she'll be the better candidate for it.

    July 29, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. California Voter

    Obama, you still need to win the over 40 women who really do go out and vote.

    July 29, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. PUMA for McCain

    Hillary should not be the VP when she is understands the issues far more than Obama. Go back to the debates- BO knows nothing and was even criticized by both Hillary and John E. She should not be hand holding this guy. I'd only vote for her if she is the nominee for President. There's too much media hype with Obama, his head is too big and frankly, I'm not buying into this marketing campaign.

    July 29, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Former Republican

    The republican analyst are counting on the Youth not showing up this year, they're mockingly declaring OBAMAs youth power as not important. They have a point b/c I didn't vote the last election, and that was my 1st chance to vote for president. But this year, when it matters the most , LETS PROVE THEM WRONG. Lets get OUT THERE and let our voices be heard. This election is about US, not about the seniors in their 60s who are retired or about to. There's no telling of how worse the economy will be if we let the seniors elect another BUSH. They are less likely to feel the effects of another bush for 8 years than we are. I respect them but MANY OF THEM are less tolerant and too stuck in their ways to vote for a candidate that don't look like them. We, the youth are the Future. We are more tolerant and have met and worked with people from all works of life. So please, get out and vote like you did in the primaries. This is our OUR FUTURE , THIS IS OUR MOMENT, THIS IS OUR TIME, GO REGISTER NOW and LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD!!!!

    BTW: my family is traditionally republican, and my grandparents are voting for McCain, But I realize this is more important to me than them.

    July 29, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Carol, Lansing Michigan

    While having Hillary as VP would make a dream ticket, I would rather see her a Secretary of State or another position with great influence and power.

    Besides, Hillary is young enough to follow up Barack regardless if he is here for one or two terms.

    Either way, Hillary will be part of this administration in some shape or form.

    July 29, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. INDEPENDENT NOW

    FIRST OF ALL , JUST ABOUT EVERYONE ONE ON THE LIST OF VP'S HAS SAID THEY DONT WANT IT. BIDEN STATED HE DIDNT WANT TO BE ASKED. HE HOPED HE WOULD NOT BE.THAT DOESNT SAY MUCH FOR YOUR CANDIDATE. WHO EVER THE NOMINEE IS WILL BE DOING IT CAUSE THEY HAVE TOO. BESIDES LOOK BACK TO WHEN EVERYONE STARTED ASKING HILARY TO GET OUT OF THE RACE, BILL RICHARDSON WAS THE FIRST TO BAIL AND HE WILL BE OBAMAS CHOICE BECAUSE IT WAS THE PREMISE FOR HIM BETRAYING HER.I WONT VOTE FOR HIM, HES A TWO FACE. HE FLIP FLOPS AND THINKS HE IS GOING TO MARCH INTO WASHINGTON AND CHANGE EVERYTHING. BUSH THOUGHT THAT TOO. DO YOU ALL REMEMBER THAT. WELL LOOK WHAT WE GOT. HE MADE CHANGES TO BENEFIT HIMSELF GETTING AROUND THE LAW. YOU PEOPLE ASKED FOR SOMEONE WITH NO SUBSTANCE AND YOU GOT IT. I DONT WANT TO HEAR 4 YEARS FROM NOW HOW YOU ALL MADE A MISTAKE.

    July 29, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. Nancy, NY

    All those who say they won't vote for Barack if Hillary is not on the ticket – don't you think she would be more effective in a Cabinet position? VP is usually only a figure-head and she probably wouldn't have much more responsibility than she had as First Lady.

    Obama and anybody! '08

    July 29, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Obama swiftboated Hillary

    CLINTON. CLINTON. CLINTON. CLINTON. CLINTON.

    July 29, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Billy J -Austin-Tx

    Why why why... couldn't it have been a Clinton/Clark ticket? So much to do, so little time to do it, and we go with the 'rock star'. Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst.

    July 29, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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