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. CNN

    CNN – you've just done an aritcle claiming that the Dem VP question is getting "old" and "tired"... the only ones asking the "VP QUESTION" is you, the media. YOU. You write and post that article as if Obama's camp is doing something wrong. Your over-extensive coverage has dragged this into the ground – BLAME YOURSELVES for the old and tired rhetoric. We're bored with you and your redundancy, not the concerns of America.

    August 20, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. saig

    As much as i am a democrat, the only way obama have a chance of winning this election is by having clinton as vp. If clinton is not vp candidate then get ready for 4 more years of republicans.

    August 20, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Just think about it, the whole world is watching and waiting for Obama news. No one waits to hear McCain's same old slam Obama tricks because no one cares, McCain is not news worthy.

    August 20, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Steve Green

    Hillary or you lose Mr Obama...

    August 20, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Everyone is interested in Obama's VP pick and only interested in who John McCain doesn't pick. Odd, don't you think.

    August 20, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. RRO

    Biden or Clinton are the only choices in my book. Biden has a wealth of experiance and so does Hillary.

    More and more I question Obama's ability to lead. Not just because of him retreating from his positions but because he seems to lacks the will to hit back against McCain. Given the dangerous situation developing in Eastern Europe and around the world it would be best to have a President who isn't afraid to get rough.

    Obama gives a lot of speeches but doesn't seem to take a solid stance. With Biden and Clinton there I believe Obama would have two people he could turn to and learn from. They are both knowledgable and tough people. In my books an ideal situation would be VP Hillary and Secretary of State Biden.

    August 20, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. aliou FL

    What ever you do, I will vote for your policies and character, not those of your vp.

    Mccain can pick an apostle for his vp, he will still be an angry, cheating, liar, not fit to be our president.

    August 20, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Susan

    He needs to pick Hillary so he can win big!


    August 20, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Please Love Me and Post My Stuff

    I am bored with game he is playing.

    August 20, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Jared, Baton Rouge, LA

    Joe Biden's story is anything but boring. And experience means nothing unless it comes with knowledge of the issues, a way of communicating with people, and respect from everyone. Biden has all three. The republicans will have plenty to say about him (plagiarism, praise for McCain) but this is about selecting someone who you want to be your vice-prez not just your running mate.

    August 20, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Interested

    Didn't you hear that Michael Moore is suggesting Caroline Kenndy for the VP? Isnt his the profound opinion you can count on for the good of the people?
    It is political expediency to pick a candidate to best get the votes. No problem about that, only if that person can really fit into the number one position if and when needed to handle the myriad problems we face at home and abroad! The 3 AM call, you know.
    Nothing should trump the consideration of the welfare of the American people, not self interest, not star power, not political power.

    August 20, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Peter (CA)

    Don't worry folks. The pick is coming and it will be fine. The media needs to take a nap and not feel the need to report every little movement.

    Debby-the Bill O'Reilly spin is getting old.
    Bill Maher supports Obama, he just wants to see Obama fight back strong. He was encouraged by what he heard from Obama yesterday and wants him to keep pushing back.

    August 20, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Bulldog

    "I would just like to take a moment, after being seriously sickened by reading about Georgia, Russia and Poland, and personally thank all the Hillary supporters voting for McCain.

    Being an ex-republican I am absolutely DISGUSTED with the direction this country is going, but I have come to the realization that a country like ours is only as good as those people who are willing to be civically responsible.

    So thank you PUMA and Clinton/ McCain backers for the onslaught on WW III, economic depression and marshall law. I realize of course, that I am a bit premature in my gratitude but I have every confidence if any ignorant selfish people could pull off completely destroying this country and democracy it will be you.

    Hats off to the misguided, uniformed and just don't give a darn population!!! Putin, Iran, and Osama are counting on you!"

    From No More! Aug 20……..I completely agree

    August 20, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Diane

    Who cares who he picks.


    August 20, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Irma in North Carolina

    Well all you Mccain lovers and puma supporters vote in another guy for the white house, who has commited adultry, that some reall good moral values there to be running the white house. Cindy has to watch John that he wont commit another round of adultry, with Cindys sister that she has, and wont claim her as family member.

    August 20, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Nick

    Hillary won't go for a VP slot. If she does, she can't challenge him in 2012, which she probably will. Thus she couldn't run until 2016, by which time she will be seen as too old.

    August 20, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. chris

    only with Hillary as his VP does obama have any chance of winning in November, and even then, it might not be enough thanks to his own horrendous judgment and the racist, sexist, ignorant, arrogant, and naive behavior of his supporters....

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

    MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS of voters will be casting their vote for Senator Clinton on November 4th, regardless of whether or not her name is on the ballot, because they actually want the best President for the best interests of their children, their families, our troops and America....

    August 20, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. real change

    Michael Moore has the formula right, just got the wrong answer. It's Bill Gates. This will be a pocketbook election. I think he knows a little about economics, managing a large organization, and would be the post-partisan fresh air Obama promises and the country needs.

    August 20, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Nunya

    To the public, it's not *getting* old. It *was* old when the press started it. You knew from the first mention in the press that it would be nothing but weeks of ill-informed blathering until the candidate made the announcement.

    August 20, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Donna from Colorado Springs

    I REALLY hope he picks Joe Biden. Watch your back McSame because Biden has your number ,is not the least bit afraid of you, and will not put up with your lies and smear tactics. We'll be able to fight fire with fire and he will call you on every mistake you have made in congress. He knows all your secrets and will fight you every step of the way!

    August 20, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. chris

    the republicans have been so destructive and obama is such a breath of fresh air and is so ready to lead that mccain is leading in a new national poll and would lose today in the electoral college based on the average polls in each state....

    August 20, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Jann, Denver CO

    The only thing getting old is CNN and their bias towards McLame. Biden will be the pick. Hillary needs to do her job and campaign for Obama; Bill needs to stop pouting like the child he is, and the country needs to move on from the foolishness of the last 8 years.

    Obama will win, the polls do not reach young people with cell phones and nobody has ever called to asked me who I'm voting for.

    August 20, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. A house divided

    All those who continue to blog: NO hillary…. or Never Hillary…

    Go ahead...Sacrifice party unity at your own risk.

    But then DO NOT cry about her supporters not falling in line behind 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.

    Spiting only yourselves with your vitriolic, hateful attitudes.

    Strong-arm tactics to intimidate voters at caucus, using the race card, calling HRC and fellow democrats racists, bullying the superdelegates to defect over to him, mocking, jeering, brushing of the shoulder, RAP songs filled with vulgar insults....I guess that did not damage Obama's chances enough.


    August 20, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. chris

    correction: mccain would WIN today in the electoral college based on state by state polling averages....

    August 20, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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