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.


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soundoff (171 Responses)
  1. Joe Kiloz

    H E-A G O N I Z E D-–O V E R--N E E D I N G --A-–V.P.-–IN---

    T H E--F I R S T -–P L A C E--

    August 21, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. California Voter

    May I suggest that Obama is hung up on himself and he needs to get over it if he wants to win this election!

    Obama/Clinton or NOOBAMA

    August 21, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Franky

    Me personally, I want something new guys. I don't want experience!! Is our time to take over the world!! Phelps is doing it, Nadal is doing it, Lebron James is doing it, Kyle Bush is doing it, etc. I'm telling you, this is our time...

    But on the other hand, if he gets someone with experience, that'll help him out also. It could be a nice upgrade you could say. But do I know who is he gonna pick?? To be honest, I have no idea...

    August 21, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. Mark Ferbet, Grain Valley, Missouri

    Most of our Presidents had little to no experience when they reached the White House. That experience means nothing once you get there... nothing will prepare anyone for that job.

    Look at Bush... he was Governor of Texas, yet he still managed to botch things up... and if you look at others in the past, you will see that many of them had never even held major office when they became President.

    Experience is important in some things... but a strong, intelligent, well spoken, well thought, and highly educated leader with a strong support system (cabinet) is more important than a leader who has had decades of Washington experience in politics.

    For the good of this Country... that is what we need.

    August 21, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. Sherrie

    Please, let's stop speculating. Just wait and see who he chooses.

    August 21, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. Scott L

    Doesn't matter he will get crushed in November. Also, EDW check your facts. Dem Rangel proposed draft in 2006.

    Ta ta!

    August 21, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Lance

    This just proves my point about Obama. He should care less about how his VP pick would affect his message and more about who the best vp for this country would be. I guess you have to be careful when you are all message and no substance.

    August 21, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. Barbara - NC

    I think McCain should choose one of the Clinton's (either will do). After all, they were campaigning for him even in the primaries. Maybe McCain should pay her debt too – ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    August 21, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Poppa Was A Rollin' Stone

    Okay, as if the McCain camp wasn't going to bring in Rezko anyway. It won't work.

    If you want to talk about character, what about the fact that he left his wife Carol and their 3 kids, to have an AFFAIR with Cindy Lou the Barbie beer bimbo.

    It doesn't matter what he did or did not do in Vietnam, what matters is what he did after Vietnam. Our brave soldier, came home and cheated on his sick wife, ditched her and the 3 kids for 17 year old Cindy Lou. A rich girl who was almost half his age.

    So don't go there John, because we have plenty of facts about your "failed" marriage. Or as they say in the south–your double dipping ways.

    "Poppa was a rollin' stone, wherever he left his hat was his home, and when he cheated, all he left us was alone."

    August 21, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Jan Il.

    He's made up his mind, and so have I, No Hillary, No Vote.

    August 21, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. Carl29

    Don't worry Barack, anybody but Hillary is fine with me.
    Remember that a lot of your support was also anti-Hillary. So, you better let the witch waiting. We already won; Hillary lost

    Obama '08/ Mark Warner '12.....Never Hillary; She will never be POTUS

    August 21, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. arlene, CA

    I am thinking Obama/Biden Biden has the foreign experience & can take on McSame & challenge his war status etc.

    August 21, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. tedious898

    I agree with you Barbara. We hear daily how PUMA's (Clinton supporters) will be voting for McCain. He could get all their votes by naming Hillary. She would have her debt paid in no time.

    Let's all gang up on the Black Guy and win back the Presidency for the people with the "experience" to really destroy america.

    August 21, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. Peter (CA)

    Don't worry about the choice. It will be just fine.

    The Republicans should be the scared ones. Lieberman and Ridge upset the right wing. Huckabee is too extreme, Guiliani is just show, and Romney is another elitist who doesn't understand the average American.

    August 21, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Souza

    I watched CNN and Bill Maher thinks that Obama should pick Hillary as his running mate. The rumors of his top 3 are 3 boring white guys. He needs Hillary Clinton because he needs to show bold stand and the ruthlessness of the Clinton's on attacking the key issues. (That was Maher's words)
    Obama has moved to center and changed his stand on Oil drilling, he voted YES for FISA etc. Hillary voted No on FISA protecting citizens privacy.
    Hillary would bring back the movement for the Democrats.
    Only 52% of Hillary's 18 million voters are behind Obama. It would be a mistake to ignore her accomplishments with getting Americans behind her. I don't know anything about those boring white guys. Hillary is a national figure.
    People slam the Clinton's have a short memory or they are to young to remember what the economy was like when Bill Clinton was in office
    Funny we don't hear about health care anymore.
    Obama has lost his movement and that is evident with the fact he is not winning by a very large percentage after having 8 years of BUSH!!
    Problem now is I wouldn't be surprised if she would say NO to the V.P. position.
    GO HILLARY!!! I will write her name in…

    August 21, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. Ray from CA

    McCain chose a clintion? HAHA that is funny. He would lose all his voters. Hmm maybe he should haha

    I say Joe Biden.

    August 21, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. vic nashville,Tn

    Obama may be hang over so he hang up
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    August 21, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. SC voter

    The GOAL is putting a Democrat in the White House!

    If he isn't smart enough to realize he absolutely NEEDS
    HILLARY to get enough votes - then he isn't smart enough to
    run this country. We need exceptional brains to undo the brainless
    shenanigans of Bush.

    August 21, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. Democrats No Matter What!!

    I know it's Biden. And he is the REAL straight talker!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12!

    August 21, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. CONNIE SMITH

    IF HE DOES NOT CHOOSE HILLARY CLINTON I WILL WRITE IN HER NAME BECAUSE NEITHER PARTY HAS A VIABLE CANDIDATE!

    I HAVE ALSO RE REGISTERED AS AN INDEPENDENT THIS COUNTRIES CURRENT POLICIES IN GOVERNMENT AS FAR AS SUPER DELEGATES, MONIES SPENT ON ELECTIONS, AND LACK OF PROPER VOTING MACHINES JUST LEADS ONE TO BELIEVE OUR GOVERNMENT IS PREPARING THE U.S. FOR LOSS TO THE OTHER WORLD POWERS

    August 21, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. 60 year old white woman Supporting Obama

    ...and McCain is trying decide between youth and same old...

    August 21, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. CCS

    Yeah... if he puts Hillary on that ticket, I might not vote. I don't want her to be President.

    August 21, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. LYNETTE IN CA

    McCain is hung up on being called "President" it's always been his ambition regardless whether he was F student in the Naval Academy!

    OBAMA '08

    August 21, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. Lynette Stapleton

    Obama is a confused man – can't make his mind up on anything

    August 21, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  25. Mike in FXBG

    Obama is what we call in the military a 'careerist' meaning he is has always been focused on his next job, his next promotion; not focusing on the job at hand. Consequently, in order for Obama to survive, he must select a VP that has all the qualities, capabilities, and qualifications that he lacks, and will never have.
    Here is a question for all of the Obama supporters: "what is the difference between Obama and Howdy Doody?" Answer: "Nothing. They both have wooden heads, someone else is talking for them, and pulling their strings."

    August 21, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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