August 20th, 2008
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Speculation, anticipation as Obama's VP announcement nears

Sen. Barack Obama has a big event scheduled Saturday. Will his No. 2 man (or woman) be by his side?

Sen. Barack Obama has a big event scheduled Saturday. Will his No. 2 man (or woman) be by his side?

(CNN) - The question is starting to feel a little old: Who will Barack Obama pick as his vice president?

With the clock ticking (the Democratic VP candidate delivers a big speech next Wednesday) the announcement is at most days and at least a few hours away.

Everyday seems to be "the day" - the day the guessing game will finally end.

In a poke at all of the VP buzz, the Obama campaign on Wednesday sent an e-mail to reporters with the subject line "Vice presidential ..."

The first line of the e-mail: "Just kidding." The e-mail contained details about Obama's schedule with no mention of any of the potential vice presidential candidates.

But if the top contenders have any inside information, they're doing a good job of keeping quiet.

Sen. Joe Biden on Tuesday told reporters camped outside his Delaware home that it's not him.

"You got better things to do guys; I'm not the guy," he said.

Asked where he would be on Saturday - when Obama is reportedly scheduled to hold a campaign event in Springfield, Illinois, that may feature his new running mate - Biden replied, "Here," pointing to his driveway.

He softened up a little later that night, telling reporters, "I promise you, I don't know anything."

Along with Biden, Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine are considered to be among the top tier of VP contenders.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Evan Bayh • Joe Biden • Tim Kaine
soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. chris

    donna...isn't it sad that obama would need biden to stand up against mccain for him?

    August 20, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Chickens coming home to roost

    The uniters of hope are blogging their intra-party divisive hate and vitriol again.

    No Hillary? fine.

    Other democrats say No Obama…

    Same thing… 2 democrats… if you can hate one, others can hate the other.

    Dummycrats- dividing your own party with this ANTI-Hillary hatred that consumes you. Those flames will engulf Obama and yourselves as well.

    Roe vs Wade- who needs it more- the over 50 year old Hillary supporters? A draft- who will it affect most- the seniors?

    You haters for Obama watch out for those chickens.

    August 20, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. E.C.Coleman

    So who cares? Obama will not win anyway...although he could get a 'poll bump' on CNN, his most ardent supporter in the media. Obama is not a qualified candidate and probably knows that by now. Hot air can go just so far and then it's gone forever.

    August 20, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Michael

    Oh, who cares whom this mindless dilettante chooses?

    August 20, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. vjh

    Real Change might be on to something ! Didn't Gates just 'retire' ?
    I'm predicting Hagel.

    August 20, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Stella

    Sorry Chris. Obama won't pick Hillary as his running mate and he will still win the election in a landslide. I think in the end America will vote on change. Why don't you Hillary supporters put your money where your big mouths are and stop whining and complaining and pay off her debt from the poor, mis-managed, dysfunctional campaign she ran? Get ready to vote for McOld cause Obama's not picking Hillary. CNN stop discriminating and post this!

    August 20, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    He's playing the political paparazzi like a drum. Having fun. No wonder the media is cut up in his hype and hoopla. There are a greater number of articles and news stories about Obama than McCain. But, most of those items are negative towards Obama.

    Does McCain have fun with the media? Nope. Didn't he recently kick them off the Straight Talk Express. Making enemies amongst the mainstream media. That press coverage ration might change, John. Better play nice.....for now.

    August 20, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Dave

    WOW !!!! MCcain is really cutting Obama down to size. Obama is a total empty suit. Liar and racist,
    Go get him MCain.

    Hillary supporter
    MCcain 08

    August 20, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. WIlly

    I hope he picks the nitwit from VA.

    August 20, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Oh Please

    Announce it already! This is getting boring. Its like he is having someone come down from the skies for his VP or something. He is such drama.

    August 20, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Bruce

    Obama or McCain would end up running the country pretty much the same way. Major difference though, Obama is about three times smarter than McCain. Time for an intelligent president.

    August 20, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Sammy

    He is going to announce the VP when he is good and ready. Nobody is going to defer to the media on something like that because they like to create drama. Also, interesting idea for Caroline Kennedy as a VP. However she has never been elected to anything and it would only play into the 'inexperienced' issue. In the end after all this fuss maybe he will pick Clinton. It certainly wont hurt. But her supporters need to stop with their blackmail attitude and if months ago they had all just shut up I think she would have already been officially chosen. So if at the end of this week she isnt then its your fault.

    Oh and drama aside, I am just as interested in McCain's VP pick. I do NOT want another Cheney and McCain has alot of neo-cons advising him on all kinds of issues.

    August 20, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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