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. Franky, New York, NY

    Actually it's Obama that's getting a "little tired" and a "little old", and not the anticipation for who the VP will be

    August 20, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Bendo

    Pick bold or lose: HRC, Hagel, Bloomberg, Colin Powel, get some excitement going, your losing the EC right now, its may day may day may day!

    Atttack: Keating 5, age, wealth, 200o campaing, flip flops of mclame, ex wife, throw the kitchen sink, acid, go negative and get mean!

    August 20, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Remy

    A presidential candidate need a VP as an adviser in all matters of his POLICY. I hope one of the democrat will qualify to be the VP for him but not Hillary.

    Hillary and her supporters are making claims of the 18 million voters all the time. Many of them now discarded Hillary and support Obama. That is why the Hillary supporters never say that they will pay her campaign debts.

    Hillary is now looking Obama and DNC to pay her debts. Hillary supporters always forget that Hillary endorsed Obama as the party's candidate.

    August 20, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. LISA

    It's so obvious that Obama will win in November if he picks Hillary as his VP. It's the fact .
    But if he picks one of the other 3 guys, he is wasting all his time and efforts and will watch John McCain to be crowned in November
    I will vote for Obama if he picks Hillary as VP
    I will not sure who I am going to vote for if Hillary is not on the ticket with Obama
    I don't want McCain, but I still think Obama does not have enough experience to be the President of the United States yet .

    August 20, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Arthur

    Doesn't matter. Unless it's Hillary, it will be the Bevis and Butthead ticket.

    August 20, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Mike, TX

    It's gotta be someone stupid and gullible. Who really believes the lies that come out of Obama's mouth?

    August 20, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Mike, TX


    Don't pay attention to 4Obama2. Obama/Clinton may win. Clinton / Obama WILL win.

    August 20, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Dana from the Chi

    Obama don't need no back stabber and control freak as VP. Biden is the only choice and he can bring in the voters Obama can't. Biden is vetted and have tons of experience with National Security, Foreign policies and Intelligence!! He is also brilliant and makes a good attack dog!! Biden is no punk and he will be the republicans worse nightmare!! Biden stayed neutral with the Obama/Hilary endorsements, which I feel was a very smart thing to do!!

    August 20, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Dirk, OK

    "Anticipation is making me wait."

    Whoever he picks will be light years ahead of the ticket for the GOP. Yes, I can wait, because it won't be very long before GW crawls back to Crawford in shame, and America will have one long collective sigh of relief.

    Obama 08

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

    Senator Obama needs someone who is a bull dog to do the biting in the a and he maintain his mantra of change, eventhough we all know he is capable of being a bull dog (you almost have to in order to survive in politics) but trying to ignore or not come out as strongly against Senator McCain and his surrogates. Someone needs to call Senator McCain out and let him know that he can't get away with his half-truths and outright lies that he is spreading across the airways and at his town hall meeting, my friends (lol). I guess the media is respecting their elders instead of doing so.

    August 20, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Dexter, CA

    Obama is the change, we don't need more change on the ticket. He NEEDS a boring white guy.

    August 20, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Ms.D

    The change candidate is Obama and the experience candidate is Biden. Biden is vetted and has experience in what Obama lacks. They compliment each other and they are both brilliant!! Plus, Obama needs somebody that can go on the attack without them blaming Obama personally!!

    August 20, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. J.C.

    If Obama should pick Hillary, he would make it much easier for me. I won't vote for any (in)famous politicians for P or VP.
    We have had enough dynasties in the US.
    No more Clinton or Bush!

    August 20, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Steve, Madison WI

    Well let's see – damaging stuff not yet talked about on McSlime.

    Keating 5, left his 1st wife and married Cindy before divorce was final, flip-flopped on abortion, oil drilling, tax cuts, repeatedly mixes up facts and seems confused (debates should be fun!).

    Contrast that to the sleeze being thrown at Obama and the real headline should be – Even with all the sleeze, McCain still trails Obama".

    Time to take the gloves off and beat the Repugs at there same game. The media will not report the facts on McCain, so it is up to Obama to get nasty!!!

    August 20, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. CM

    You guys that think CNN is biased can stop reading the blogs and go to Fix News. I'm sure those guys might have similar viewpoints to yours.

    It is a free country, you don't have to read the stuff on here.

    August 20, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Margo

    In response to "Nobama 2008":

    No, CNN got it right. "Who Will Obama Pick as his Vice President?"

    The country WILL not sit still for 4 more years of the Bush Administration, we're bushed.

    Moving on.....

    Gobama 08

    August 20, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Dana

    Anybody who is smart, intelligent and confident are always label arrogant!! You be able to be a strong person and candidate without the labels!! The only ones I see arrogant is Bush Administration and the Mccains especially Cindy Mccain and her own relatives stated this!!

    August 20, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. jimmy


    August 20, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Marge

    People that have NO intention of voting for OBAMA ,shouln't care whom he picks for VP.
    Worry about who the Ancient Mccain is picking,or worry about Hillary retiring her debt.

    August 20, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Will18E

    Bias reporting from CNN again. Obama Never set a time table to pick a VP. So how is this " to feel a little old?" It was McCain that said he would pick a VP the week Obama was traveling through Europe. Yet in McCain fashion he did not. He broke his promises and flip flopped as to when he said he would pick a VP. How come CNN did not find McCain's flip flops " a little bit old?"

    August 20, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Lisa M

    If it's Hillary, may just lose. There was a reason that we picked Obama over Hillary. Why would we want her in a position to step in if the unfortunate should happen.

    Time for a change--None of the names yet is a change from the same old same old.

    August 20, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    Get on with it Barack and choose Biden. All the speculation is driving your loyalists nuts! However, anyone you pick will be better than anyone the Republicans can dream up!

    OBAMA 08

    August 20, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. John Hussein Karsten

    You know these Hill people really are funny. You claim you hate Obama and only Hill can be his VP.....WHATEVER.....get off you r high horse. Vote how you feel and come Nov it will be for Obama WITHOUT hill on the ticket.!!!! We will blame you people if Obama looses this year and you can kiss 2012 good bye...WE WILL REMEMBER you dummies.

    August 20, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Lexie, AK

    I never voted for a Clinton or a Bush, and wil never. Grow up Americans. I know it's scary, but we have to move on. Start taking baby steps away from the past. Breathe.....not vote for a better America. You can do it.

    August 20, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. steve

    hopefully the next email will say "barack obama is our party's candidate for president – just kidding"
    i'm pretty sure the empty suit is a long-running gag and they're just waiting to finally confess to us all that coronating obama is just a joke

    August 20, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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