August 20th, 2008
09:20 AM ET
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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. Annie

    I am with Dave on the Hillary Clinton for VP.
    If Obama fails to unite the Democratic Party, he will fail to unite the Nation.

    And McCain will send us further into debt, as he thinks and acts too much like George Bush.

    IF Obama picks a Good Old Boy to be his running mate,
    its not because of their qualifications, its because he needs the votes.

    Hillary was right, come November she is the one who would win against McCain.

    Think about Obama. This is not about you. Its about the American
    Citizens caught in the middle of all the B.S.

    August 20, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Denise Groves

    It is Biden. Good choice. He can atttack McCain big time, and pulls no punches

    August 20, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Jackie Powers

    Why is it that only certain people's comments gets posted on CNN blogs. We see the same names time after time. Let's find out what other's are thinking too. For what it's worth Obama needs Clinton.

    August 20, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Jess

    Let's get back on target ASAP. Visit small towns and cities. He must show he cares for everyone.

    August 20, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Peter of Oregon

    Dave, "18 million voters" haven't risen to pay off Clinton's debt, so how are we suppose to believe she HAS "18 million voters." Just because 18 million people voted for her doesn't mean she "has" 18 million voters." Many of those "18 million voters" were Republicans who voted after McCain secured the Republican nomination.

    People like you keep hanging 18 million like some sort of a threat. But you lack substance in the same way that Hillary lacked leadership over her campaign, her budget, and apparantly her PUMA voters, who many now support McCain who has a polar opposite platform has both her and Obama.

    August 20, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. JMO

    Here we go again!

    I am sick of hearing the dems are going to loose it again in November.
    The chances of that happening are zero. Sure the polls are closer and Obama has not had a good week.
    But at the end of the day it will be voter turnout that will decide the election.

    And we know what candidate broke records in the primary.

    Change is coming so be prepared and VOTE FOR CHANGE!!!!

    August 20, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Anonymous

    I think that GOV. Richardson would be a good pluse to the ticket,

    August 20, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Kristen Denley

    CNN never fails to astound us canadians. The not to hidden bias for McCain is so obvious do you really think your fooling the American public? All of your reporting on Obama has been less than glowing to say the least, have an article that he is dropping in the polls and the American public will question voting for him and their support for him, The "hero story" on McCain was so obviously meant to contrast with the "meteroic rise" story on Obama. It's not like Canadians would expect anything less than CNN to protect it's own interests as we fondly remember post 911 your glowing support for the president and your full coverage of the "proof" that there were wmd in IRAQ was are not a news source, merely a vehicle for your corporate interests in a desperate attempt to sway the election toward a party that continue to protect you own interests and continue with business as usual all the while continue to erode and destroy the very concept of America and both the economic and environmental future of it's citizens..
    I thank God you are not the main news source in my country...
    Thank you for your time,
    Kristen Denley

    August 20, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. JD

    Eventhough I originally opposed Hillary as VP, I think that Obama needs to pick her. She has the reputation for experience that he needs and can enviscerate McCain in attacks without changing her approval rating. This would also shore up morale giving him the boost in polls that he needs. Also given that McCain loses control when he is angry, having Clinton constantly picking on him will make him more likey to make bigger, more noticeble flubs.

    August 20, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. What If

    To-Alice Brinkley Former Representative McKinney will be a good one for you, BO. You two fit like a glove — both down on the USA.
    McAttak should Pick you for Vp ( Alice Brinkley )2 Clowns

    August 20, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Robin

    Who's fault is it that this is "getting old"? The media...

    August 20, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Allen Friedman

    If change is what we want then how about two vice presidents, one foe foreign policy and one for domestic. Can you picture Hillary in charge of healthcare, poverty in America, fixing Katrina and womens issues and Joe Biden dealing with Iraq, Iran and the Russia and Georgia problem. We now have so many problems in this world that the more intelligent people that we have to solve these problems the more likely that we can solve some of these problems. The president would over look all of this and get involved where he needed and when he felt it necessary with the many different problems.

    August 20, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. J.C.

    Although I prefer a governor for Obama to boost his executive experience, Senator Biden might be better for him in this case. He should be the VP after saying this famous line about Obama.

    "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy, I mean, that's a storybook, man."

    Biden is famous for one-liners so it's a good compliment to an articulate Obama.

    August 20, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |



    August 20, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Deb, Allentown, PA

    I think Obama might have chosen Clinton at this point if the ridiculous PUMAs hadn't been as vocal as they were. Now he's caught between a rock and a hard place. I still don't think Hillary helps him though; there is no getting around the fact that she mismanaged her campaign finances to the tune of $18 million, and the Republicans will crucify her over that.

    And Joe, please get a clue. The Obama campaign isn't stringing us all along with playing their VP pick so close to the chest. It's the media that keeps fanning the flames. If you're tired of the speculation and the waiting, blame the media.

    August 20, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Ron

    If his pick is Hillary, Barack Obama will join Vince Foster. No doubt in my mind.
    Nothing is below the Clinton's when it comes to their quest for power.
    These people have no morals what so ever.
    I hope someday, someone in the Democratic Party has the balls to put these people in their place. They are a digrace to the party and to this country !!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. kim

    It will be Hillary. No doubt!

    At this point it's all about winning.

    Obama/Clinton 08

    August 20, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. dp


    August 20, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. 4Obama2

    Please get off every blog, we know you are a PUMA with your stupid Clinton is the greatest attitude. Clinton couldn't even run her campaign without it being a disaster, she would do nothing to help the country so stop trying to shove your pathetic opinions down everyone's throat!

    August 20, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Stephanie

    Although it has been asked, there is never an answer to who is being polled and I firmly believe that therein lies the mystery. On another note, throughout the primaries and now in the general election I have never heard Senator Obama go negative with personal attacks against his opponents. He has always taken the high road despite the hits he has received on a daily basis and as a result has continued to rise above the divisiveness. The media with exception of a very few outlets have been biased against Obama and basically have him under a microscope yet McCain continues to get a positive free ride in the press. I like many other voters have my own suspicions as to why this continues to go on but still believe that despite these negative tactics Senator Obama will be known as the candidate who played fair despite how unfairly he was treated. This alone speaks volumes about his character.

    August 20, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. NObama 2008

    "Who will Barack Obama pick as his vice president?"

    CNN, you're kind fo jumping the gun there, aren't you? Don't you mean VP candidate?

    I really do wish your bias did not shine through so much.

    August 20, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. Lisa

    Does Obama supporters actually think he's going to win without Hillary? I thought his supporters were educated.

    August 20, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Politico

    Anyone but Clinton...

    August 20, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. Politico

    Anyone but Clinton...

    BTW, the 18 mill argument is garbage–polls show the vast majority of Clinton supporters would vote for a dem over McCain. Take that 18 mill down to about 1-2 mill, and then try to stage your argument for Clinton to be VP.

    August 20, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Jeff

    Who cares? Obama will not listen to his VP. He will be a "my way or highway" President if he gets elected. His overwhelming ego would not allow him to do otherwise. I have been a lifelong democrat but will not support Obama. This will be the first election that I will sit out and watch the chips fall where they may. I think it's going to be a disaster no matter who wins.

    August 20, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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