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. JOEL

    CLINTON ! OR NO VOTE FROM THIS MINNESOTA VET . ALL VOTE GREEN

    July 28, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. Joint Ticket

    Well I hope it's Hillary, if not I will be sitting this one out. I won't vote for republican either!

    July 28, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. M.S. Indiana

    Maybe a Bill Clinton ??

    July 28, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. mwm

    his choice.i trust his judgement.

    July 28, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. Karen in Cape Cod

    The applicants should be interviewing Obama, not vice versa!

    July 28, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. VP ?

    Obama headed into the office building of VP vetter Monday.
    Obama/Biden 08

    July 28, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. neverobama

    Who is Caroline Kennedy in politics? I dislike Obama more and more as days go by. I can not wait until McCain wins the Oval Office.

    McCain 08

    July 28, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. Jan Illinois

    It should be Hillary. If he wants change its time to do the right thing. Bring home ALL the votes for the democratic party, win by a landslide without doubt.

    July 28, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. June

    Well, it's the last of July and the time when dirty rotten scroundrels start acting as if they're the only patriotic people in America.

    McSame is not saying that Barack is not patriotic. Others accuse him of playng president. Sounds like sour grapes to me.

    Obama 08

    July 28, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Alan

    Can someone tell the candidates and Pastor Hagee that the Church Age is over ?

    July 28, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. john williams san diego, ca.

    make sure your candidate is anti-socialism so we can have a balanced ticket...onward Hosanna.

    July 28, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  12. arlene, CA

    Obama/Evan Bayh or Obama /Tim Kaine it is completely Obama's choice & I have confidence in Obama to pick the right one. I just heard these two names given on Larry King, CNN .

    July 28, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. M Albright

    Hillary Clinton is your best choice and you know it!

    July 28, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. Justin Hussein - NC

    Tim Kaine. Tim Kaine. Tim Kaine.

    Obama/Kaine 2008-2012

    July 28, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  15. Jeremy

    I hope he is smart enough to unite the party by picking Hillary Clinton......

    July 28, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. Turnabout is Fair Play

    I'm glad you did what you had to do Barack, make sure your choice is one you know is good for our country to help you in your successful bid as our new president. We're behind you all the way.

    July 28, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Shhhh...don't tell us yet!

    July 28, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  18. John

    I used to be an Obana supporter but his people are costantly knocking on my door looking for money and not refusing to leave without a donation. And then seeing Duval Patricks house in The Boston Globe sent me right over the top.

    I am now not going to vote at all in this upcoming election. I simply dont think that Mc Cain or Obama are the best that this country has to offer

    July 28, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  19. ex republican

    cnn:
    ive got a better idea.....follow john "oil spill" mcCANE around all day and tell us what buildings he goes to. then we can compare the work ethic of Obama and mcCANE. i get the funny feeling in my stomach that mcCANE is napping most of the day, trying to make at least one appearance a day at a food establishment. that is not a campaign, that is a RETIREMENT schedule.

    follow BOTH of the candidates every moves, PLEASE!!!! i want to see more of mcCANE with his bandage plastered right there on his face. i want to see more of mcCANE's old looking arms. i want to see more of his "deer in the headlights" look when asked a tough question. i want to see more geography errors....MORE MORE MORE

    July 28, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  20. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Don't let ANYONE try to strong-arm or bully or extort you into picking who THEY want you to make your running mate, you do what YOU think is right and pick one that will help you. That is YOUR right; not anyone else's.

    July 28, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  21. Independent White Woman For Obama

    Ed It's such a mistake to include that morally bankrupt, lying, cheating disgrace on this button. Larry Craig deserves better on his campaign button!... Mr Ed The Talking Jack A_S!!!

    Obama/Hagel 08/2012

    July 28, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  22. Jerry

    i trust senator obama's judgement and will support his choice.

    July 28, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  23. Obama/Hillary 08

    We are not making our VP public until John McCain come out with his. He has his nomination longer than we are.

    July 28, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  24. PATTY

    ALTHOUGH I'M STILL HOLDING OUT FOR JOHN EDWARDS, WHO EVER OBAMA CHOOSES, HE WILL CHOOSE ON WHAT WOULD BE BEST FOR THIS COUNTRY. OBAMA IS NO FOOL...HE SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH SMART PEOPLE AND IS WILLING TO ACTUALLY LISTEN TO WHAT IS BEING SAID....HE WILL BE SUCH A GREAT LEADER AND "FOR THE FIRST TIME" REALLY "PROUD" TO BE AN AMERICAN AND BE A PART OF THIS HISTORY MAKING EVENT....

    July 28, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  25. J.C.

    This photo reminds me of the worry that McCain is too old and Obama needs extra secret service protection. I do hope both of them can select their best running mate.

    I am still undecided. When will they debate each other?

    July 28, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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