August 11th, 2008
12:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama to announce VP via text, e-mail

Obama's VP choice will be announced via text messaging.

Obama's VP choice will be announced via text messaging.

(CNN) - It used to be that a presidential candidate announced his running mate at a carefully staged rally in a crucial swing state designed to boost buzz for the ticket and maximize media coverage.

But in a presidential cycle where so many of the conventional rules no longer appear applicable, Barack Obama's campaign said Sunday the Democratic VP choice will be revealed via e-mail and text messages to supporters.

"Barack Obama is about to make one of the most important decisions of this campaign - choosing a running mate," Obama campaign manager David Plouffe wrote in an e-mail to supporters Sunday night. "You have helped build this movement from the bottom up, and Barack wants you to be the first to know his choice."

Plouffe's e-mail is sure to raise speculation a running mate announcement could be imminent, even as Obama vacations in Hawaii and the Olympic Games reach full swing in Beijing. Most political observers had expected Illinois senator to announce his VP choice after the Olympics, ended in the small window before the Democratic convention.

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soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. cecil

    Thanks Obama. Can't Wait.

    Also Love Your "Hands" Ad.

    August 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    I hope that McCain has enough computer literacy to access the results.

    August 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Tony

    It had better be Joe Biden or Hillary if he expects to win in November. If not, I hope the loss of the presidency and the guilt for losing the White House, yet again, eat away at him for the rest of his life.

    August 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Hill 08

    This is a very effective strategy, particularly appealing to those of the younger generation whose day-to-day operations are technologically driven. As an issues-driven voter, rather than a "party" voter, I believe this may add a nail in the coffin in regards to the age-gap this presidential election. Most Americans, as myself, want a president who will outlive his term in office!

    Obama '08

    August 11, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. PAT California

    I'm tickled pink that Obama is using the latest technology, even tho I'm not savy! He's providing us with REAL CHANGE in many ways. That's what we want. I sure hope he doesn't spoil it by having Hillary on that message or any other woman. We need a sure fire better half not anothger Cheney! Contrary to what is being said, he doesn't NEED Hilary. He needs someone who will be 100% with him, which I don't think she is.

    August 11, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |

    America,can you see where this election is going? You want change? You are not going to get what you expect from this joker. You know in your heart this man is saying whatever it takes to get your vote. He is not to be trusted.

    August 11, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. ME

    to "Obama's got no experience"

    Actually Obama has the RIGHT experience. You clearly don't understand the way the world is changing. His embracing of new ways to reach more people and not relying on traditional, out dated, MSM methods, shows his willingness to take educated risks to help foment change. Exactly the opposite of the last 8 years.

    Its amazing how people are spinning this as negative. You're on a board posting comments, and then you chastize a candidate for using new media CORRECTLY.

    August 11, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. Joe in DE

    NOw we find out if he the maturity & judgement to pick Hillary or follow the McGovern route with Party regulars.

    August 11, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. question

    are you this the obama way....texting his fans......and leaving the rest behind....not everyone is hip.........

    August 11, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. Al

    To his supporters? So they are the only people who deserve to know? If Obama doesn't announce it first to the country at large - then he is acting like a idiot and alienating everyone who doesn't get that message. But no matter what - if he doesn't have Hillary on the ticket he doesn't get my vote.

    August 11, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. Justin, DC

    In response, McCain has announced that he will be releasing his VP announcement via carrier pigeon...but only after his afternoon nap.

    August 11, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. KateyGreen

    How exclusionary. Obama is running for President of what? The select few? So the rest of the country needs to get the news how? Obama for President of Some of the people!

    August 11, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Jason

    You people make me sick, you would follow this guy off a cliff. I guess John Edward's isn't the same guy he knew when he endorsed him. This guy is the kiss of death – I hope he picks Sebelius (old gray haired woman) and that will send all Hillary supporters out the door! This country is in TROUBLE!

    August 11, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Very interesting and smart...Obama is definitely breaking the old rules of how presidential campaigns are run.

    Obama and his campaign realize the power of the Internet and information technology age in this presidential campaign far more than any presidential candidate in history.

    The response will be first to us Obama-supporters and then the mainstream media will jump into a frenzy to report the VP selection results. Obama will have the blogosphere at full attention followed by the mainstream media.

    Obama in 08!

    August 11, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Nobama

    Nobama is the biggest mistake "We The People" have come up with since Peanut brain Carter. 1 step forward and 3 steps back. But can all those muslem terrorists be wrong? They sure have sent a lot of campaign money to "their" choice.

    August 11, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. BJ, Texas

    It figures. No teleprompter is required. Read it carefully, he'll probably stutter the message.

    August 11, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. John

    He can text all he wants, the guy is still bad for this country as is McCain. Can anyone who supports him give me 5 things that he has said that will improve our bottom line? His why to save us and the earth is tax us to death. Remember anything that's implemented will be paid for by the people who pay taxes. Taxing big oil is a joke, big oil will raise prices and cut production if he does. By the way why is he going after big oil who paid ninty billion in taxes in the past year which is more than the next 30 largest corporations combined? People because he makes you feel is no reason to vote for him.

    August 11, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. Noelle

    You have to admit, that is pretty cool =]

    August 11, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. Joe Jackson


    This Democrat will not vote for Nobama.

    Hillary 2008

    August 11, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. Mike

    Does anyone really believe Obama is any more tech savy than McCain? I sure Obama's staff is more so than McCain's staff, but not the man himself. He's pushing 50, that's ancient for MySpace and texting your BFFs.

    Don't believe the hype.

    August 11, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Hana

    Is this serious? Text messaging/emailing an important decision like this is, for lack of a better word, stupid! If elected, will he send his State of the Union speeches via text messaging/email. In my opinion, this is simply pandering to what one author calls "the dumbest generation"

    To be taken seriously as a presidential candidate, perhaps Obama should begin acting like one.

    Another point - I agree with the poster who inferred the Clintons are up to no good. I agree. Obama should be afraid, very afraid, of the Clintons.

    August 11, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Enlightened Voter

    anyone but Hillary! Also Obama's campaign is really about the people and for the people. No repuglican behind the scenes stuff here. And CD – you are soooo right!!

    August 11, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Most Important Announcement

    Barack O'blah-blah cannot choose any VP running mate that will make up for his total lack of experience to do this job.

    International experience ZERO
    military experience ZERO
    national experience ZERO
    Terrorism experience ZERO
    Foreign Policy experience ZERO
    Economic experience ZERO

    Come on folks, America can do better than this. Heck, my 8 year old knows how to text e-mails.

    August 11, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. Jack Carlson

    Be it Hillary Clinton he will win....but don't think Obama has the common sense to realize that.
    So he can text, so can our 4 yr old granddaughter.
    McCAin does not like texting, or computers – that's his business, he's an executive "worker" type, not the vacationer (first Caribeean and now Hawwai) or arrogant "history has been waiting for me" type of commnet..Obama lost me when he made arrogant statement...that's a Bush type attitude.
    When I thought it over, Obama has had One Million in Pork Billion PER DAY since in Congress (One million to his wife's Office in Chicago), and he has flipflopped so much he has lost some 10% come Nov...not to speak of his good buddies Ayers the Terrorist and Jeremiah Wright the Lybian lover. BOTH OBAMA AND WRIGHT ARE HALF WHITE TOO......kinda nutty folks !
    I wish Colin Powell would run...he's the best out there now.
    Jack Carlson
    Seattle Wa

    August 11, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. JD

    Such an elite way to communicate! Don't stoop to the television, radio and newspapers employed by the common, boorish proletariat!

    August 11, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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