August 20th, 2008
09:20 AM ET
10 years ago

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. Sylvia

    who cares?
    still won't vote for him.......Never!!!!

    August 20, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. ooops i did it again

    remember when Johnny was feeling "left out" and his handlers were like...we are going to tell you who our VP is...just to get some attention? awwww pooooorrrrr pppoooorrrr john

    August 20, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Willam from Texas

    Hillary Clinton, the only one that measures up.

    Obama/Clinton 08

    August 20, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. John in Ohio


    I love how much the Obama campaign is screwing with reporters over this. They're trying to get the media to realize that constant breathless speculation is a waste of time and effort. I don't think the media is smart enough to understand that.

    August 20, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Sick & Tired of Nobama

    Who really cares, he is going to lose anyway, count on it. You guys better start weening yourselves off the koolade.
    Maybe he can take all that money you sent him and set up re-habs for all you junkies.
    MCCAIN 08

    August 20, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Rumpusgoopus

    I don't think the media is able to report on anything but itself anymore.

    August 20, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Jan/Michigan

    It's not Obama's choice–it is DNC choice–just like his nomination!

    August 20, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. hillybilly

    geezz,cnn,give it a break! are you upset because you're not going to be able to 'scoop' his announcement?overly excited about the candidate you've been trashing for weeks.

    August 20, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Kevin, Austin TX

    A little old? You think?!

    I mean, most of us think about it and chat about it, but you all are obsessed with every nuance. It's kind of annoying.

    But, then again, this is a blog for all that insider stuff, so I shouldn't complain.

    I love how Obama and Biden are playing with this....

    August 20, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    There are those who will be saying nasty things when the choice is not Clinton. The same people who have made it impossible for Obama to select Clinton as VP, because it will seen as a sign of weakness and not sticking to his guns. Caving in to political pressure.

    PUMAs, you have shot yourselves in the foot. Much like Clinton shot herself in the foot with a poorly managed campaign. Instead of shouting, you should have been fund raising. Instead of making threats, you should have been fund raising. Instead of displaying ignorance, you should have been fund raising. To achieve the goals that you claim to aspire, you need to raise some cash. You have shot yourselves in the foot.

    August 20, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. JRZY

    Biden, Bayh and Kaine .. all boring white guys. Where's the CHANGE Obama? Geez .. do something bold will ya?!

    August 20, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. r sisk, nevada

    According to the polls, Obama needs to pick Clinton to bounce back. The GOP is at their negative campaigning tricks again and ripping Obama apart. (it's working). Clinton on the ticket is the sure fire bet on winning in November.

    Biden will make a better Secretary of State. Bayh or Kaine add nothing to the ticket.

    August 20, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Susan

    If it's Hillary, Obama will win.

    Obama/Hillary 08

    August 20, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Debby

    The Obama candadicy has become a joke and the polls show it. Biden is OLD POLITICS with an arrogant reputation so where is this big CHANGE Obama has promised. Biden and Richardson got the fewest percents when they ran. You would think because the country was a split decision with both him and Hillary she would be his first choice. The Dems. are going to blow this election as ususal.

    Watched Larry King and Bill Mahrer hit it right on the nail as ususual and he is an Obama supporter and not even happy with his own choice.

    The problem with Obama is the media made him into this Messiah and now Humpty Dumpty is starting to fall off the wall with his inexperience. If anyone watched his Q&A's in New Mexico a man asked how am I going to pay my mortgage with a 1200dollar a month SS check when its more than that. Obama talked in circles for about 10 minutes and then didn't give the man a straight answer.

    Well it looks like the kid and the so called educated vote aren't enought to bring it in for Obama in Nov. from the polls.

    August 20, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Anonymous

    why won't both canidates give us their choice, after all we are the ones who will be doing the voting, i would like to know who i think would be the right one also. this campaign is getting so tiring.

    August 20, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Jackie Powers

    Obama is now being his worst enemy. This election is his to lose. And he is heading in the losing direction. It's time to name his V.P. as this will allow him to get some help on the campaign trail. At this point in time he needs Ms. Clinton as his Vice to energize the female. He can forget about the white male majority vote. This simply wont happen. His only saving grace is Ms. Clinton.

    August 20, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Dave

    It seems obvious that he should pick Hillary Clinton. 18,000,000 voters are waiting to see what he does. If he picks someone else, I for one will vote for McCain or write Hillary's in for President!

    August 20, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Ted

    To all those saying 'Hillary', I have a response.
    Obama/Kaine 08.

    August 20, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Shirley-Ohio

    Joe Biden all the way and get on with this election.

    August 20, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Helen, NY

    Maximum Obama can do is the gestures. He likes to point finger at somebody. Barack you are a hollow vessel which makes too much noise. Get a life.

    August 20, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Joe

    This is so juvenile. Just inform the voters who the VP candidate is or give us a date as to when you will tell the public like McCain has done. I feel like this whole process is a joke. Why does everything Obama does has to be extra dramatic and magnifying? So immature.

    August 20, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. NO to Hill


    August 20, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Alice Brinkley

    Former Representative McKinney will be a good one for you, BO. You two fit like a glove - both down on the USA.

    August 20, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. John

    Hillary, or bust!
    I will purposely vote for McCain if no Hillary for VP!!!!!!

    August 20, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Gloria

    Obama, you're going to be alright, because what is done in the dark will come to light.

    August 20, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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