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. Amanda

    I think it's great. We've been with him since the beginning and they've always given us (his supporters) a heads-up on important information via text and email. I was excited when I got my text and email yesterday. Can't wait to read who he picks.

    August 11, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    I guess ole' McLame ain't gonna know who Obama's VP pick is for quite some time since he's just now getting to know that we have this new fangled thing called "the internets"...

    August 11, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Dittohead High School

    Anne Coulter,are you out here blogging again using all these names?

    August 11, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Brooke in PA

    What a freaking joke. This man has made a complete mockery of running for the highest office in the land.

    Why doesn't he just write it in a sandbox or put it on one of those airplane banners. Ridiculous. We're elected a President not a rock star.

    August 11, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Frits

    Obama endorses and utilizes new technology, super! McCain is still in the horse and buggy era.

    August 11, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. TPas

    This is Obama & team for america. vote for the best.

    August 11, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. kathryn

    Talk about stupid and trendy.....maybe there is something to that McCain/Paris Hilton Ad. Kathryn Amherst MA

    August 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Shari, NY

    From UPI.com: “The possibility of war erupting Friday between Georgia and Russia over the breakaway republic of South Ossetia threatens key oil transit routes, analysts say”. I think Mr. McCain should use Google Earth to zoom in on this area to get a grip on things. If the war escalate, guess what??

    August 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Tom Williams

    Obama: "Rock-star", "cool", "hip". My, my. All this means is that he is not even wanting to be relevant to millions of Americans who do not consider the internet to be their life's bloodline, like older Americans for instance which is the bulk of our society.

    August 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Dale, Kentucky

    Just another way Obama is making changes to the way things are done.

    August 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. CNN = Jerry Springer of news

    Well, this is interesting on two points. One, McCain does not use technology such as email, blackberry, etc, and using this method of notification accentuates that fact. Two, it is going to get a lot more people to sign up for his listserve emails, which means they will be getting a lot of other relevant information about Obama (as well as solicitations for contributions). Very interesting choice. This is another one of many reasons I am excited about Obama's presidential campaign – always one step ahead of everyone else.

    August 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. jarvis

    wow!!!! this is our next president for sure, he's fresh and full of new ideas. vote obama08 and 12

    August 11, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Shari, NY

    From UPI.com: “The possibility of war erupting Friday between Georgia and Russia over the breakaway republic of South Ossetia threatens key oil transit routes, analysts say”. I think Mr. McCain should use Google Earth to zoom in on this area – there might be trouble ahead.

    August 11, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. Richard J

    heh, funny. Younger voters are very enthusiastic but will they vote? I have younger people working for me who say that they'll vote online. What!?! Misinformed.

    another says he would never wait in line. Come Tuesday, when faced with lines and inconvenience, the Obama base will go play Rockband or Guitar Hero instead

    August 11, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Sick & Tired of Nobama

    Another ploy by the Nobama campaign to disquise the fact that they are pushing a novice, know nothing, inexpierinced, arrogant liar.
    I am sick and tired of this clown. Go back to Chicago where you belong.

    August 11, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Maria in Crawford, Texas

    I love this! I bet the only thing McCain has googled is Cindy when he was cheating on his first wife!
    OBAMA '08

    August 11, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. NG in DC

    he'll "text" his supporters - and screw the rest of us with his elitist ways...."pay me money" was the message of this email spam ....

    Hillary Clinton better be the name he punches into to his little i-phone if he hopes to win ..maybe I'll text my vote for Clinton in November...

    August 11, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. sf

    His announcement via text message to all his supporters proves that each of us in our tiny towns across America are a part of his compaign and that he is accountable to us..........the people!! What a fresh idea!!!

    OBAMA ROCKS!

    August 11, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. sensible Cape Coral FL

    HEY: "Obama's got no experience" What planet are you from? How's everything on the Planet Marigold?. Text messaging is the way of the
    future.

    August 11, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. ALLAN USA.

    Obama desperate. This is what Obamadoes best, snek,lie and twist the facts for his purpose only.

    August 11, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Michelle

    Once again CNN censors my comment without even reading it.

    Hello! Why are you vetting ME? I have broken NO forum rules ever!

    Why don't you spend time vetting Obama? That is your job.

    August 11, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Is McCain going to use a carrier pigeon?

    August 11, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Michael

    Finally! A presidential candidate of the 21st century!

    Has McSame learned how to use the internets yet? The man can't send an e-mail but I'm supposed to trust him to lead our country into the future? I thought jokes were supposed to be funny...

    August 11, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Enlightened Voter

    brenda – Mccain has proven that it DOESN"T take experience to run this country but sound judgement which Obama has an abundance of.

    August 11, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. scooter

    thats a great way to show who you reallly care about. All poor and many avarage american and the older people all are able to get text messages...........

    August 11, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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