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. Lyle

    Unfortunately, Mr. Obama’s first choice has been debunked….it is not Bigfoot after all, just a rubber suit filled with roadkill…Yes, the vetting process really works!

    August 21, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Brian, Quad Cities

    McCain/Keating 5 is not the experience we need

    August 21, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. Barbara - NC

    I think my comment was misinterpreted by someone (oops).

    I won't vote for anyone who has Clinton (either one) on the ticket.

    Obama '08

    August 21, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Illinois 2

    AS AN ILLINOIS DEMOCRAT, I CANNOT FIND IT IN MY HEART TO VOTE FOR BARACK REGARDLESS WHO HE PICKS TO BE VP.

    TO BAD THE VOTERS HAVE BEEN TAKEN IN BY THIS GUY. WHAT A JOKE..............

    August 21, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Change you can believe in...NOT

    Joe Biden is not change. He has been a senator since Obama was 11.
    Only one VP choice will be a game changer for Obama, the rest are so what issues.

    August 21, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. Jack Mehoff, Orlando

    The polls show that the novelty of a black President has worn off and Obama is just another politician (which he was all along).

    For those who are oblivious, Obama will pick Evan Bayh–why?-because he can deliver Indiana--Obama also wants Colorado and Virginia but none of his picks can deliver those states-

    Finally, with Obama and McCain agreeing on beefing up the war in Afghanistan, with the Iraq war now winding down, and with the price of gasoline dropping, Americans are seeing that we just don't need Obama and the potential problems he brings (ie: much higher taxes, etc:)--

    So let's get McCain elected and get back to the good life–

    August 21, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. Barbara - NC

    Republicans are definitely desparate – all they can do is smear and make innuendos. This is the "high road" Mcwarmonger? No thanks – NO MORE WARS FOR OIL

    August 21, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. Corey, Maryland

    Bill Richardson meets both the Change and Experience that Obama wants in a VP, I only hope Obama chose him!!

    Obama Richardson 2008

    August 21, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Scott L August 21st, 2008 7:09 pm ET

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

    Ta ta!
    -----------------------------------
    Rangel isn't running for President....he is a congressman...dummy.

    August 21, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. Denise

    He needs an older, wiser head, who can deal with change. Not all old people like McCain are stuck in the past.

    August 21, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. Rob from Abilene, TX

    Personally I want change, not experience. But I also want Obama to beat McCain, because I don't like how he gives simplistic answers to a lot of questions. I am an evangelical Christian and I didn't like his answers at the forum, I believe Obama had more thought in his answers. I wonder though if Obama is picking Clinton, because she would be experience and conflict with his change. If that's what the hint is going to be.

    August 21, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. Barbara - NC

    SC – do you really think McCain will undo the brainless shenanigans with more wars and less tax on corp. america and big oil? I'm not catching your logic here.

    August 21, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. Realist

    I also agree with Peter that the GOP has a much more difficult VP decision. Unless they pull in Colin Powell (highly unlikely) or Huckabee (impossible), no one on the GOP side offers as much to gain as Obama does by choosing either Clinton, Biden, Bayh or Kaine.

    Bayh and Kaine possibly swing a dbl digit EV red state to blue, which could make the difference in another close election.

    Clinton - womens vote & Hispanics (would make a difference in CO, NM, NV, FL, NH, OH). Basically, the election result would be guaranteed.

    Biden - would help swing independents in NH.. maybe VA

    August 21, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. Kim

    I know this is a little off topic but, why all of the sudden is Obama's hair turning a little gray? Does he think this will make him look more experienced? hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    August 21, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. McCain...whats in your closet?

    the truth is i don't care who he picks, he has my vote!i could never vote for John bring back the draft, bomb Iran, 59 lobbyist running his campaign (from Charlie Black-OCCIDENTAL to Nancy Pfotenhauer-KOCH IND.), 7 mansions, $100,000,00.00 trust fund baby elitist, Keating 5, USS Forrestal, giving up Military information, adultery having, over turning Roev Wade, gaffe machine, to old to run two terms, vote 95% with Bush yet still claim "maverick", drill here drill now (when they have 68 million acres already, i don't know my own voting record on birth control (err uuuhhhhh ummmm), Pastor Parsley loving, flip flop at pay McCain. John McCain is as inept as Bush but FAR more dangerous

    August 21, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. Matt

    @california voter – may i suggest that you are hung up on yourself and need to get over it if you care about a democrat taking back the WH. Get over yourself and your want for hillary to be on the ticket.

    August 21, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Scott L

    Charles Rangel, a DEMOCRAT introduced a bill in 2006 to reinstate the draft. Why do Dems keep yelling at John McCain? He was agreeing with the woman's 5 minute tirade about veterans medical support. Please check your facts. Democrats wanted the draft back in 2006. McCain is against the draft.

    August 21, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. ginger

    What get's me about you Hillary supporters is, what exactly did you think John McCain would have done to her? She's NEVER served in the armed forces. She's served less time in the Senate than McCain. What makes you people so sure she could beat him? Also, given her husbands past along with some very questionable problems of her own how exactly was she going to stand up to the Republican machine?

    Remember this 18 million people voted for Obama, which means 18 million people didn't vote for HRC.

    Tell me, please why you beleive HRC would beat McCain.

    August 21, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. Rob - WA

    Hillary is better served in a high level cabinet post than as VP. Wake up Hillary supporters. Vote Obama as I am sure she will NOT get such an offer from McSAME. DUH.

    August 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. a Bitter mid westerner who loves guns and God

    60 year old white woman Supporting Obama is probably white trash.

    I've seem them before out in the gutter of life.

    Obama is risky and he would gamble our country and our values.

    August 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Billy J -Austin-Tx

    You would think that it is going to be Hillary. Good or bad, it is the only choice that makes sense. She got close to half the votes and has a VERY loyal following and plenty of name recognition.

    August 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. Sammy - Canada

    Senetor Barack Obama campaign has done a wonderful job keeping all the media talking and speculating about who his V.P. choice will be for over a week now. All those V.P. Wanna b's should be thanking him for getting so much publicity and name recognition. Cause some of them I have never heard of before and now some are house hold names. I believe his campaign will announce his V.P. choice tomorrow.

    August 21, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. OBSESSION THE MOVIE

    see the movie "OBSESSION", you owe it to yourself and America. It will shock you whether you are for McCain or Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. GO MCCAIN

    Once again, Obama is a liar. His campaign said to sign up to receive a text "the moment Obama decides". Well, he just said he has decided. So are the text messages going out??? If not, then he is LYING!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. jimmy

    WOW . OBAMA'S VP CHOICE A SURPRISE..!!!!!

    August 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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