August 21st, 2008
06:40 PM ET
6 years ago

Source: Obama was 'hung up' on change vs. experience

While making the rounds in Virginia Thursday, Sen. Obama told reporters that he'd decided on a running mate but refused to say any more.
While making the rounds in Virginia Thursday, Sen. Obama told reporters that he'd decided on a running mate but refused to say any more.

(CNN) - The VP choice was a difficult one for Obama, a source close to the Illinois senator tells CNN's Gloria Borger.

Watch: "I've made the selection," says Obama

Specifically Obama was "very hung up on the experience versus change,” the source said, and how his message of change may conflict with a longtime Washington insider.

The source doesn't know who Obama ultimately chose, but confirms Sens. Joe Biden and Evan Bayh, along with Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine are all in the running.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (171 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Kim,
    You stay out on the campaign trail, working the hours he does under great stress, and see if your hair doesn't turn gray.

    August 21, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  2. Guess Who?????

    Why???It doesn't matter who he pick to be his VP. The matter is if he wins in November???

    August 21, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  3. ed

    senator obama should pick hillary clinton and stop playing around.everybody knows she can bring an overwhelming number of votes to the democrats column and they will win.come om dems dont blow it again

    August 21, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  4. ed

    senator obama should pick hillary clinton and stop playing around.everybody knows she can bring an overwhelming number of votes to the democrats column and they will win.come om dems dont blow it again. this will be #3 may i add.

    August 21, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  5. Leroy Jenkins

    John McCain is not a war hero. He was a coward who dropped bombs on innocent women and children. This takes zero skills.

    If he was a true war hero, why was his plane shot down? Could it be because he simply isn't that smart? There's a reason he graduated 894 out of 899. Think about it....What a loser!

    August 21, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  6. Ken Villella

    With the terrible downward spiral of our countries economy,respect in the world, a war based on complete inaccuracies when we should of kept a stronger presence in Afganistan, utility bills that have gone up 40-50% in 3 years, gasoline that has doubled in 4 years,(lets not forget Bush saying in the spring he hadnt heard gas prices was gonna spike in the summer when everyone in the country was talking about it!) How about a Vice President who had 5 MILITARY DEFERRMENTS to stay out of the army yet was SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DURING THE !ST BUSH ADMINISTRATION! Let's not foget the hugest deficit in the country's history after the Republican leadership walked into the White house with a surplus. The 1st in decades! And McCain's voting record largely mirrors support of this administrations policies. Does a house have to fall on people to realize we gotta get this leadership (if you can call it that) out of the White House and get an educated man with fresh ideas in there!
    Rob from Texas was right. Obama gives in-depth thought out answers where John McCains's are as simplistic as Bush is. Unfortunatly sometimes too many people like simplistic answers because they get to hear what they want to hear.

    August 21, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. KG

    Losers all.

    August 21, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. Geri

    I wish we would hear more from the people of Illinois as to what they think of Obama and the job he did as a state senator and also as a US senator. We only hear from people who want to see him elected and don't know him well or only from his being a Senator. More background is needed.

    August 21, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. Mary

    I'm so soured on Obama and his nasty supporters that it doesn't matter who he picks because I will NOT be voting for him. He's just an empty suit with rock star rhetoric that will flip-flop and say anything to get a few extra votes. Who needs that? I'm not anxious to vote for McCain, but I'm tired of seeing Obama and his fake presidential seal and all the other presumptive crap.

    August 21, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. Lacy

    Bush touted "experience" and look where he took us. This country needs change from all the crap we've been fed the past eight years.

    OBAMA in 08!!!!

    August 21, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  11. Renee

    Poor Barak Obama supporters they are just not that good at math. They actually think they can win with just 52% of Hillary Clinton supporters voting for their man. It is very simple pick Hillary and if she accepts, win, or don't and lose. I am a delegate, I know hundreds of democrats that will not vote for Obama without Hillary. Obama supporters, if you wat to win, you better start pushing your guy to go for Hillary, or plan on McCain for 4 years.

    August 21, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  12. Cindy

    omg, it sounds like he's still considering Hillary...

    August 21, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  13. Mae Greener

    If barrack realy want to win Hillary is the only VP who can guarantee this for him.. she helps him carries FLA, OHIO Michigan and pennsylvania plus is very popular where i live which is bloomington indiana.. mccain is like a freight rain picking up stream.. mccain raised 1.6 million in one day in NJ last week nt exactly a repub stonghold.. Barrack pick someone other than him at your own peril.. if u want to govern and change our country u have to win first .. or u can belong to that special club the ALMOST wons.. gore & kerry ..
    obama – clinton '08

    August 21, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  14. good morning iraq

    What I notice more than anything is that all the VP names are men. Aren't there any women smart enough or experienced enough besides Clinton? Obama would never put a woman in as VP because he looks down on women. Just check his campaign workers and his short list for VP and you'll find very few women. Couple that with some of the comments he has made and you find a man who deep down feels that he is smarter and better than women and most men.

    August 21, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  15. keesa

    REPUBLICAN PARTY AND MCCAIN STOP TRYING TO PLAY THE POW SYMPATHY GAME. I KNOW MCCAIN WAS A POW IN REPUBLICANS TRYING TO USE THAT LINE TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL SORRY FOR HIM YOU CANT PLAY THAT GAME WITH ME BECAUSE MCCAIN WAS A POW THATS MEAN THAT YOU COULD TELL ME ANYTHING . TRYING TO FEEL SORRY FOR ME FOR A CHANCE SEND OUR TROOPS HOME NO DRAFT. HELP ME WITH MY ECONOMIC PROBLEM NOT ONLY HELP FOR THE RICH LIKE YOU. FEEL SORRY FOR ME THEN I COULD FEEL SYMPHATY FOR YOU MCCAIN. ENOUGH WITH THE POW LINES.

    August 21, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  16. R. Cove, The Mastermind of the Democratic Conspiracy

    WE -ARE--SCARY-DEMOCRATS! FEAR - US!

    WE –ARE - GOING - TO -TAKE - AWAY - YOUR - TAX -- CUTS!

    WE'RE - GOING - TO - END - THE - WAR - YOU - LOVE!

    WE - ARE - GOING - TO - STOP - YOU - FROM - PILLAGING - THE - POOR!

    BE - SCARED!

    August 21, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  17. Mc same Straight?

    What good is experience at age 72 if you never did anything new or never tried to change old worn out policies.?

    August 22, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  18. SOSO

    IF Barack does not pick Hillary, her supporters will not vote for him. He better not act foolish. May God bless Barack Obama, the next President of the United States of America.

    August 22, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  19. Craig - Haslett

    BHO is going to have big challenges in the debates (unscripted, hard questions) and he tends to ramble off-script. He needs a strong debater in a VP to overcome this weakness (as a ticket/team).

    August 22, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  20. Bill

    I am going with Kaine & Unable* 08'

    (* My new nickname for the Obamination)

    August 22, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  21. Boca Bubba

    Who cares about the VP. If Hillary he better have a new cabinet post "Food Taster". If Biden he gets a Loud Mouth. If Kaine he get less experience than he has. I think he should go with Pedro Richardson and the theme can be "Votes we don't need no stinkin Votes !!"

    August 22, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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