August 11th, 2008
12:55 PM ET
6 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. Marc

    What's next? Announcing his cabinet on his facebook page? Obama needs to grow up.

    August 11, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. MRS. T

    If we are so STUPID...how come you can't spell STUPID??????????

    August 11, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Vote Nader

    I'm sure the Vice Presidential candidate is going to feel real good about himself by being announced through text messages and emails.

    He's not doing this because it's a great way to announce one's pick, he's doing it to look "cool" and sucker in more ignorant youths. You're being used young and hip America. Good thing you don't tend to show up at the voting booth.

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    August 11, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. Shawn Napier

    Via text or email?
    This isn't American Idol. Nice job not being a celebraty Obama.

    August 11, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. LS

    Good point ME. Your right. With the technology we have today, and the technology we are facing in the future, Obama will understand the concept of such technology that is needed to improve and change the way things are done now.

    As for McCain, how will he have any impact on our future by using new technology if he has no knowledge of what we have today. The computer for example. McCain doesn't know how to use a computer. If he can't understand something as simple as using a computer, how is McCain going to face the bigger challenges of new technologies?

    August 11, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. ran

    Another great reason to vote OBAMA. The future is here guys (OGNE/57S) embrace it nor not. I signed up. GO OBAMA.

    August 11, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Lisa

    Once again Obama is out of touch with the American people. He's only in tune with the rich and the young.

    Hillary 08!

    August 11, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. Timber

    WOW, this is news!! What a moron. No wonder the world is sick of hearing about him. Can we get a news bulletin next time he goes to the bathroom please?

    August 11, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. Janet Jones

    Obama is 47, but the mentally 47 yr old is like a 30 yrs old these days mentally and emtionally, and it shows via is text VP.
    Physically we might be younger, however simply not grown up for a long times these days.
    What a mess he'd make of our USA.
    Janet J
    Minneapolis, Mn

    August 11, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. Mike

    I think I heard that McCain is going to use either telegraph or carrier pigeon to announce his running mate.

    August 11, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Independent Voter

    Oh, how precious. "I want you cult members to know before anybody."

    You can't be serious!

    August 11, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. len2052

    It better be only three letters...HRC!!!

    August 11, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. Corey, Maryland

    Obama and hopefully Bill Richardson 2008!!!!

    He has more experience than any other politician in my book!!

    August 11, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. Worst...Resume...Ever....

    Just another marketing scam by a campaign built on them.

    August 11, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Dexter in Houston TX

    How awesome is this....
    OBAMA '08
    DX in TX

    August 11, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. brenda

    i agree with all of you who have the wisdom and common sence to see that obama is playing to the youth of the nation and to no one else. it shows that he is still too young and too inexperienced to take this job seriously. he knows that he can fool the children but he cant fool the adults. life is agme to many of our youth today. im betting that the more experienced citizens takje the youth to task by voting for mccain. we need to remind the youth that they dont have what it takes to survive in this world, that knowledge comes with age and eventual experience.

    August 11, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    HONESTLY.......... "HELLO SAYS THE MEDIA GAVE HIM HIS PRESIDANCY (LEARN TO SPELL 'HELLO') BY KEEPING JOHN EDWARDS RUNNING......." ARE YOU NUTS?

    The media DID NOT 'give' Sen. Obama the presidency! ORDINARY PEOPLE LIKE MY HUSBAND, OUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, MANY NEIGHBORS....... ETC.,........... WE VOTED FOR SEN. OBAMA BECAUSE WE WANT CHANGE!

    We do not want politics as usual! The politics of the GOP AND McCain! The fear-hate-divisive politics, that have torn our nation apart.

    We do not want the politics that ALLOWS BUSH/CHENEY/MCCAIN TO INVADE THE SOVEREIGN NATION OF IRAQ (THEY NEVER ATTACKED US!)............. AND we don't have the right to say ONE thing to Russia as it attacks Georgia!

    We don't want a continuation of WAR! McCain told us very clearly who he is when he 'sang'........."BOMB..........BOMB..........BOMB IRAN"

    We don't want our nation to continue to slip into greater DEBT, THE NATIONAL DEBT HAS DOUBLED DURING THE GOP/BUSH/CHENEY TENURE TO.........$10 TRILLION!

    We don't want to continue to be imprisoned by BIG OIL........BUT NEED A LEADER WHO WILL INSPIRE AND DIRECT OUR NATION INTO A FUTURE WITHOUT FOREIGN OIL.

    We do not want the failed policies of the Bush/Cheney/McCain years! McCain has been in Congress for 26 years......... and NOT much has changed. We are still in BED WITH BIG OIL. ASK YOURSELVES WHY IS WE NEED OIL...... BIG OIL IS NOT DRILLING ON ITS OVER A MILLION ACRES??????????

    I could go on, but I hope that this answers you "Hello"...... you need to do some reading up on what each of the candidates stand for.

    And with ALL the EXPERIENCE MCCAIN HAS, HE BELIEVED THE LIES OF BUSH/CHENEY TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ........ A WAR THAT HAS COST US BILLIONS ($1.38 A DAY!) AND ........COST US THE PRECIOUS LIVES OF OUR YOUNG SOLDIERS! I SAY NO.........NO!
    TO MORE OF THE SAME WITH MCCAIN!

    August 11, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Franky, New York, NY

    Obama is a Hollywood fool. This Diva of a man just can't help looking for new ways to give his VAST and SKEWED media following another excuse to stand in bewilderment of this empty suit.

    I would be ashamed if Hillary accepted any part of this hollow ticket, beside a hollow man..

    August 11, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. Michael

    olga:
    I would be very careful who you call stupid especially when you do not even spell the word correctly. You might consider investing in a spellchecker program or a dictionary. If you are going to call the American people stupid you need to at least show you have some intelligence and misspelling a simple word like "stupid" doesn't exactly so intelligence much past the second grade.

    Sorry but I spend a lot of money on my education and I take great exception to someone calling me stupid. Especially when they cannot even spell the word correctly or give me any basis in fact for their accusation.

    August 11, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. checkthisout

    Obviously he does not want Media Coverage for the VP.
    That says a lot about his ego.
    He wants to be the one and only Celebrity......................

    August 11, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  21. TheOtherSide

    This is good jab at McCain's illiteracy when it comes to technology.Good one without directly saying it.Obama 08.

    August 11, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. S Callahan

    Are you kidding me? using text proves Obama too young to be taken seriously....get with it ...do you know how many young adults use text?
    I think this is a tremendous opportunity to make an announcement.
    I take him serious, and think he will be fantastic for our nation!

    August 11, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. TheTruthHurts

    It's still coming after the convention and my prediction is still Evan Bayh as the "safe" choice. Not sure if this email thing works. I'm sure the press conference will now be in a neutral state (Illinois) and be seconds after the text/email announcement. No real news here. Move on.

    August 11, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. Joe in NJ

    If he's elected, will he be posting his State of the Union address on YouTube instead of on live TV?

    August 11, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. Follow The Leader ...

    Let's be respectful of John McCain's age in these bloggs.

    That doesn't mean it can not be discussed in a relevant way but let's not turn off those older Americans that agree that Barack is the better choice for America in the 21st century.

    We can be sure that, by Barack Obama simply being himself [playing b-ball and using current technology ... like texting supporters on important decisions like this] the distinctions between he and McCain will be clear. McCain's best days are behind him.

    Now McCain may copy this just like he's copied other things Obama has done, [like positions he has taken in Iraq and Afghanistan] , but the American public won't view John as genuine if he does.

    August 11, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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