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. Eileen from Maine

    “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.

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    I wonder if John McCain will be looking for the direct opposite for his VP?

    July 28, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. Roger from CA

    It should be "... any questions on WHOM he met with." Or, to be more correct, "any questions as to with whom he met." Tsk, tsk, CNN.

    It's going to be a very LOOONG Summer if we get breathless reports as to each sighting and each meeting of the candidates' VP vetting process. This doesn't really establish anything other than that Obama, having been out of the country for more than a week, wants to check in with his VP vetters, and that there is a process going on. None of that is a surprise or particularly interesting.

    July 28, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. Mike

    Pleeeeease choose Edwards!

    July 28, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Sounds like he's talking about none other than Sen. Hagel or Sen. Joe Biden. Obama has great choices.

    July 28, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Alex

    "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."

    oh man... this guy can't get any privacy

    July 28, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. Nancy Moore

    Here's a hypothetical for you: John McCain bows out of the presidential election at the Republican convention (reason: his health). Then the Republican Party has a big bombshell convention electing Romney as the new candidate. This would be their big thing, planned all along, to upset the elections and, hopefully, for them, to resurrect their campaign.

    July 28, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. Stanley

    A responsible person should always check to make sure the task he/she deligates is complete or progressing according to specifications... Let the process work itself out.

    July 28, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. Texas Trail Dog!

    OBAMA WILL NOT SELECT THE ONLY PERSON QUALIFIED TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY. HILLARY CLINTON. HILLARY YOU MIGHT AS WELL FORGET THE PRESIDENCY. OBAMA WILL DESTROY IN FOUR YEARS ANY DEMOCRAT CHANCES OF EVER BECOMING PRESIDENT FOR THE NEXT 20-YEARS. IT WILL TAKE THAT LONG FOR THE COUNTRY TO FORGET SUCH A DEBACLE AS OBAMA.

    July 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. Vicky Avare

    CLINTONS VP WOULD PUT OBAMA OVER THE FINISH LINE!
    THEIR POSITIONS ARE CLOSE AND THE ROOKIE NEEDS HER EXPERIENCE AND WISDOM. SHOULD HE PICK SOMEONE ELSE, HIS CHANCE TO WIN IS SLIM TO NONE! HOWEVER, I ALMOST WANT MCCAIN TO STOP THE ILL PREPARED, DELUSIVE "0"
    BECAUSE HE IS SOMEWHAT RADICAL AND OUT OF TOUCH! MY FAMILY NOW CHEERS FOR MCCAIN, THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS!
    THE STRONGEST CANDIDATE HILLARY WAS SHORTCHANGED AND AMBUSHED, TIME WILL TELL! DISILLUSIONED DEMOCRAT

    July 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. tai

    CNN reports every step obama makes then askes the question: "Is the media in love with obama?".....pathetic.

    July 28, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Daniel, VA

    Jack cafferty is talking about judgement and experience. How can you have good judgement if you have no experience. Barack Obama has no experience whatsoever so even today he cannot decide on his VP because he cannot judge it. CNN and the media are talking so much about Barack Obama. It is like a young boy going to school for the first time. How can you make him president of our great nation. I commented on this yesterday but CNN did not publish it. I want Ameircan people to open their eyes and so also CNN. There are reporters like Wolf Blitzer who are in love with Obama. For what? What does he bring to the tableas our President. Nothing.

    July 28, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Larry of Boston

    To bring some intelligence and experience to the ticket, I suggest Larry, CUrly, or Moe

    July 28, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. Karen-phoenix

    Read the second to last paragrah. This tells it all about what great judgement the man has. Someone will tell him where he is wrong and he will listen. To bad Bush wouldn't listen! NO MORE WARS!
    Prace is patriotic and prosperous! Go Obama!

    July 28, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. Phil from Va

    This man knows how to run a campaign. Obama 08

    July 28, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. former republican white man from california for Obama

    I wish the real republicans out there would stand up and tell this right wing radical movement to clear out! Our party has been taken over by fear, hate, and greed! I am no democrat but at least I do believe Sen Obama has the education and background to make sure our country survives the next for years then maybe we will have gotten rid of all these right wing extremist in our party and have a chance to put forth a candidate worthy of the title President! It sure as heck is not the chameleon Mc Cain

    July 28, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. Peggy Lucas

    I certainly hope Hillary is his running mate. She is smart and independent. Matter of fact, if it weren't for Howard Dean, Bob Casey, Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid and Nancy Peluso and the biased media, Hillary would be our candidate.

    July 28, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. texas DEM

    Hillary Clinton.

    July 28, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Jon in WA

    Obama has been the leader of this race for President. I have no doubt he will be the first to announce his running mate, leaving John McCain to take the back seat once again.

    July 28, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. TheTruthHurts

    who cares?

    July 28, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Steve

    Wow! This is getting better than paparazzi spotting Britney Spears shaving her head!!!

    Oh Come ON, CNN! Can we just steer clear of the E-Entertainment network type of newscasting? Next thing you know we'll be getting updates on Obama's wardrobe...and how much Metamucil McCain had with breakfast....geesh!

    July 28, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. Obama Does It Better

    He will make an announcement when the time is right. I know he will pick someone he can trust to work with him and not worry about being stabbed in the back. Absolute power corrupts- Obama need to keep this in mind when choosing a VP. Like many democrats I will be waiting on "pins and needles" for the announcement. OBAMA 08/12

    July 28, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. oopsie

    He could pick Satan and still win.

    July 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Tarrie

    C'mon....is this news?

    July 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. M. WILLIAMS

    OBAMA, APPEARS TO BE A VERY GOOD LEADER. I HAVE BEEN WATCHING HIM ON TV FOR THE LAST 16 MONTHS, OR MORE, AND I AM PROUD OF HOW IS CARRYING HIMSELF DURING THIS ELECTION SEASON. I HOPE HE WINS THE ELECTION, BECAUSE IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE.

    July 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. Texas Independent

    Sounds like he talking about Hagel

    July 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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