(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.
CLINTON ! OR NO VOTE FROM THIS MINNESOTA VET . ALL VOTE GREEN
Well I hope it's Hillary, if not I will be sitting this one out. I won't vote for republican either!
Maybe a Bill Clinton ??
his choice.i trust his judgement.
The applicants should be interviewing Obama, not vice versa!
Obama headed into the office building of VP vetter Monday.
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.
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.
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.
Can someone tell the candidates and Pastor Hagee that the Church Age is over ?
make sure your candidate is anti-socialism so we can have a balanced ticket...onward Hosanna.
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 .
Hillary Clinton is your best choice and you know it!
Tim Kaine. Tim Kaine. Tim Kaine.
I hope he is smart enough to unite the party by picking Hillary Clinton......
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.
Shhhh...don't tell us yet!
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
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
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.
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!!!
i trust senator obama's judgement and will support his choice.
We are not making our VP public until John McCain come out with his. He has his nomination longer than we are.
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....
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?