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. Dave fro Florida

    John from New York:

    SUURRRE he's gonna read YOUR emails! Be careful you don't overexpose yourself to any screen radiation while you sit there awaiting your answers to your infinite list of liberal suggestions, questions, and gimme' listings.

    August 11, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Janice

    Somebody needs to inform Obama that the 12-15 year old texters are not able to vote.

    Isn't this similar to how you vote for American Idol?????

    ..and Obama wants to try to ditch the 'Celebrity' tag?

    August 11, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Rob

    Lame...

    August 11, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. The Main Man in Kentucky

    I already have been a member of Obama mobile. I texted back to them once I got this text...."So, that's when you will announce Evan Bayh?"

    I got a text back saying, "Thanks for your submission to Obama mobile.... Keep that on the HUSH :) "

    Obama/Bayh 08, means Obama will win "Bayh" 8 points In my book.

    August 11, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Jeff

    What is a text message? I'll vote for McCain, because he speaks to me through good old fashion television. Although I heard that I will lose my TV signal in 2009. Do I need to buy new rabbit ears?

    August 11, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Chris

    What, and give up the chance to deliver another meaningless speech?

    ObamaFatigue has set in and the celebrity is resorting to gimmicks like this to stay relevant.

    Sad.

    NObama '08

    August 11, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. California Voter

    I've got the rock star, trendy message, some how about experience?

    Obama/Clinton or NOOBAMA

    August 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Generation X

    All the Republican bloggers just can not stand that old John McCain will never be a 21 century President. Out with the old ideas and in with the new!! LOL

    August 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Democrat No More/San Diego

    Gimmick. Is he text messaging the President of Georgia and Russia to help resolve the international crisis that has evolved these past three days?

    August 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. J.C.

    Obama/Hillary = nightmare ticket

    Obama/Reed, Obama/Richardson, Obama/a good Governor
    will do.

    August 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. EBC

    Yeah BABY! Sen. Obama has proven that he us internet SAVVY and uses one of the MOST important tool in the most brilliant way!

    This just goes to show how OLD and TIRED John McCain is, he doesn't even KNOW HOW to use the internet. He's still living in the ICE AGE when it comes to technology. How can you expect to be our next President when you are still living in the past WHITE HAIR DUDE.

    August 11, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Jim

    I believe Senator Kerry did this same thing when he was about to name his runningmate, but I do like the idea.

    Plus, this adds to the connect names that Senator Obama's people can hope will be contributors to his campaign.

    August 11, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. McCain's White House Oxygen Tank Repository

    chip 'I heard that McCain is announcing his choice via carrier pigeon and life alert monitors'

    LOL x 1,000,000

    August 11, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. McCrazy is going DOWN

    I guess Tom Wms has not been to a computer store. There are many older people buying computer accessories. Obama is not operating in the 1960's format like Old MacDonald. Would some one tell McStupid that the cold war ended. Obama is the best choice to take us into the future. Old MacDonald is the best choice to take us back twenty years. Go Go Go GOBAMA '08/12

    August 11, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. McCain's White House Oxygen Tank Repository

    chip said 'I heard that McCain is announcing his choice via carrier pigeon and life alert monitors'

    LOL x 1,000,000

    August 11, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. john

    All you Mccain bloggers give it a rest just say you dont like him becuase he is black and will take away your tax breaks and really shake up Washington. thats why you fear him and thats why he WILL be elected. You people make me sick get informed and get a life

    OBAMA/ANYONE 08/12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA/ANYONE 08/12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA/ANYONE 08/12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA/ANYONE 08/12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA/ANYONE 08/12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA/ANYONE 08/12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Greg Pottstown PA

    This is a, look at me move. We will not know anything until after the olympics. This is just for getting the media to talk about him.

    August 11, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. jojodancer1119

    This is so innovative and shows that Obama can flex his technological muscle! I've signed up and have sent the message to all of my friends to sign up as well. I can't wait until I get that text.

    OBAMA 08!

    August 11, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Arizona Official

    Good job Senator Obama! People first, that's the way it goes and it should be. The McBush regime kept on using the old style of politics, lies and out of touch. Obama for a new direction and a change we can believe in.

    August 11, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Laura Briggs

    Olga – you spelled stupid incorrectly. Ironic....

    Obama is the best, I really hope he wins!

    August 11, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. Robert

    That just means McCain won't find out for 100 years. He still doesn't know how to work a computer or as he calls it (WONDER BOX)

    August 11, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Young and Informed

    What has Sen. Obama done in his life? He was editor of the Harvard Law Review, voted "present" the most in the Illinois State Senate, and won the U.S. Senate seat as a result of scandals committed by the other candidates. This man is running for President of the United States! Who cares if he (his campaign) is texting his choice? It can't make up for his lack of experience.

    August 11, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. MelissaMinneapolis

    The truth is that while we must respect the generations who come before us without engaging the next generation democracy dies.

    Thus his plan is not a sign of immaturity, but a sign of savvy and strategy.

    August 11, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. HRC Never

    That email better have the name of Hillary, or I will tear my hair out !

    August 11, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. suzan fahmy

    this is for Mr. Brooke in PA
    i guess you are not living in our time?
    so text message now is for rock star. what is yoru problem grow up

    August 11, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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