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. Phil in KC

    Last night, on AC360, Mark Halpern named all the usual suspects in the Democratic veepstakes, then he said it could be someone else. He just has not figured out who.
    May I suggest he look at Jay Rockefeller as the surprise dark horse? Look at his credentials, look at the geography, then look at the convention schedule. Note that Jay is speaking the same night as Biden and Bayh – VP night.
    If I had to pick a dark horse, that's who I'd pick.

    August 20, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Joe Kiloz

    While CNN continues its willful ignorance of McCain, he was in the

    Gulf driving home the message of "drill here, drill now." Other

    media outlets picked up on it. As usual CNN followed its agenda.

    Dare you to print it.

    August 20, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Renee' McDuffie

    You never post any messages on this site that seem to favor Obama. Out of all your contributors Jeff Tobin seem to be the fairest one. Were is Donna Brazille? Cnn is just as prejudice & bias as Fox. Cafferty & Blitzer are fair but the rest of you are under cover racists.

    August 20, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Franky

    You know, even I have trouble finding out who. And I'm telling you, I've looked at both angles, looked at contenders(pretenders), looked at necessities, etc. I gotta tell you, I can't seem to figure out who. You'll have a better chance predicting Senator McCain's pick than my boy...

    But I will say that if it's Hillary for some starnge reason, I won't be that upset. I personally don't want her. I wanted her before but now, I just don't want her. And I know people are gonna shout and scream that if my boy doesn't pick her, he's gonna lose. Guess what?? You're probably right but as like Senator McCain said......"I'll rather lose this election with honesty than anything else."

    Well, you know, he's talking about war instead, LOL!!!

    August 20, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Dr. RosenRosen

    Biden is too smart to sink his political career by joining with this clown. 143 days in the Senate does not even register as a blip on the screen compared to Biden's accomplishments.

    August 20, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Franky


    Man dude. Can find anything else to say??? Maybe next time you should run for country and see how far you can make it....tell that to Senator McCain. He's never made it this excited! LOL!!!

    Plus, who wouldv'e thought that a veteran with a rich history of his service and family would have to take 3 tries to make it. Plus, on the other hand, it only took my boy one try and from there on, history was written..

    Man, now that's a combination! LOL!!!! An unusual one to say the least...

    August 20, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. ran

    Anyone he picks will do just fine.

    People vote Democrats only this time and see our country grow for us all.



    A change it is a coming.

    August 20, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. B J

    Its funny that there is so much support for Biden being VP. He is arrogant, a hothead, and has spent 30 years in the Senate. Exactly what you criticize McCain for.

    August 20, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. KiloWhiskey

    Maybe the "Britney Spears" of politics – Caroline Kennedy. Why should his campaign try and put any real substance to it at this late date.

    August 20, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. uv

    All three choices can't bring him more votes. Obama-McCain are in virtual tie. Obama needs someone who can bring more votes. If he brings anyone but Hillary then he will loose more votes than he would gain with one of these three. I can't vote him as if Hillary is not on ticket.

    August 20, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. georgia

    I will vote for Obama no matter what–can't imagine voting for McCain–but Biden alsolutely leaves me cold–he's pretty much guaranteed to be unable to stop speaking at some point and say something that'll have to be apologized for and/or explained away. . .

    August 20, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. the truth is starting

    I told you before, Obama is not the right choice. He's just not ready and has been proving that throughout his campaign. He walks the walk but he can't talk the talk. He will lose. Deal with it all you big mouths. Better than Hillary, "NOT IN A MILLION YEARS" And no, I do not want her to take the VP position. Why should she help him win. And he is going to lose without her name on the ticket. So deal with it!!

    August 20, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. mohamed

    I never like sent. Hillary but if can win with her ,lets pick up her.
    We need take our country back

    August 20, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Cmon CNN...what's up this morning?

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    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 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. ALLAN USA.

    KING OBAMA> It's crazy. Wake up AMERICA. Don't care Obama talk. He try to show how smart he is. No HRC -no Obama,

    August 20, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. alex

    Obama will announce his vp pick via email. How arrogant is this? do his supporters without internet access have no right to know this? Do the whole country deserve the right to know this directly from him? Do the people sitting on the fence deserve to know this? Is he going to run the country from his blackberry? Obama talks about change yet keeps Hillary around his neck, Obama talks about change and most of his advisors are nothing but the same old DC machinery. Obama is change we cannot afford.

    August 20, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. joycelyn

    cnn!!!!! if you think this is getting old, then stop talking about it and i trust we will not hear a word out this issue, grow up.

    August 20, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. what unity?

    Hillary is the best candidate out there this entire season of either party.

    And people with hate and small minds- who still proclaim: unity, unity, unity… keep attacking her.

    Attacking HRC is what cost Obama the support of more than half of his own party.

    Stop the Hillary bashing and stop the vulgar anti-Hillary comments.

    Hillary is the choice of MOST democrats… even those who are willing to vote for Obama out of party loyalty.

    August 20, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Hatred drove us away

    All those who blog: NO hillary….Never Hillary…

    Sacrifice party unity at your own risk. Do not cry about her supporters not supporting Obama- your nasty vitriol is the reason they defected to begin with.

    Stop your hating on Hillary- you will only have yourselves to blame for costing the democrats this election.

    August 20, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Debbie

    It should be Sam Nunn. Here are the pluses for Nunn: master of foreign policy; great Senate track record; left DC to pursue heading the Anti-Nuclear threat initiative which gives him a look of change for the ticket; from a state that Obama needs and could carry if he is on the ticket; high appeal to Southerners, white males and independents.;above reproach in his personal and ethical dealings; and, has a great family. I am a long time observer of Nunn, and don't know of any negatives that would present a problem.

    August 20, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. mark

    to in another article on obama's vp pick, you referred to senator mccain as "the vietnamese collaborator". what proof do you have? would you mind sharing it with us? to the best of my knowledge, senator mccain rotted in a north vietnamese prison for five years. however, i do recall seeing hanoi jane fonda filmed on a north vietnamese anti-aircraft battery. so who's the collaborator?

    August 20, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. Rocky

    Keep putting up these ultra liberals like Gore and Obama and us Moderates will keep rejecting them.

    August 20, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    I hope it will be Joe Biden, which I'm sure it will be!!

    August 20, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. TyWebb

    Biden or bust!

    August 20, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Howard

    Obama makes bold statements like "I will win" ... but, Obama doesn't deserve to win. After all, what has he done? What qualifies him to run this country ... working as a community organizer, followed by being a junior senator who spent his 16 months running for President. But, the point that's bigger than the fact that Obama doesn't deserve to win, is the fact that the American people deserve much more than an empty suit like Obama. The American people deserve an experienced qualified leader, who truly loves this country ... a leader who can competently guide us through all the challenges that are currently facing this country ... and, that leader is Senator John McCain.

    August 20, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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