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. jr california

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

    yah brah, the last eight years have been soooo good. i'm smooth sailing over here while people get killed everywhere else. life is so great, right?

    August 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. w.l. jones

    " Experience" experience " We have had some president in our history did not have experience when taken office and had less when they came out. So what all the beef about experience.

    August 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. JWC

    The Obamaniacs here are forgetting one huge thing, the military. Obama wants to cut apart our military with huge budget cuts. He plans on cutting key modernization programs and replacements for aging vehicles and equipment. Despite what Obama thinks however we need these programs more than ever in these uncertain times. At least McCain promises to keep our military the world's finest fighting force and allow Iraq to stand on it's own.

    For a man about "hope" Obama also seems like he couldn't care less about our space program. Think twice before you vote.

    August 21, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. Mister D

    Why don't all you whining Hillary supporters stop threatening that you'll take your toys and go vote for McCain (thereby undermining everything Hillary and the entire Democratic party stand for!!!) and send Hillary a check to help pay down her debt! Go gosh sakes, I was just reading the thread on what Hillary still owes from her primary campaign, and it's basically all Obama supporters asking where are the Hillary backers!

    Frankly, I'm sick of you all...

    August 21, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. Sebastian "Hussien" Kent

    It doesn't matter Barack. You'll be calling the shots and setting the direction.

    You need someone ...

    1.) you can trust & work with as a partner when you deem it appropriate.
    2.) that you can delegate tasks to, and be confident that they will get completed as you want them to be completed.
    3.) that can GUARANTEE you a huge state that you would not otherwise get.
    4.) ready to be president if something should happen to you
    5.) that mutes McCain's perceived wisdom, experience, and the superficial allure of his POW status.
    6.) some that pulls white men in the south.
    7.) Smart enough and yet smooth enough to show up McCain and his running mate in the debates.
    8.) would hold office for a single term so that you could selet Sebellius for a 2nd term and groom her to be the 1st woman President.

    August 21, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. SONGBIRD MCCAIN

    Scott, Rangel proposed the draft in an effort to get the Repuglicans to admit that "the growing burden on our uniformed troops [in Iraq] is obvious, and the unfairness and absence of shared sacrifice in the population cannot be challenged." In other words, he was against the war. He did not truly WANT a draft. McCain is a war monger. If he's elected we'll be involved in Venezuela, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Russia and probably a dozen other countries. McCain would LOVE a draft!! Please check your facts!

    August 21, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Ron from Bel Air

    Where has his vaunted campaign staff been these past two weeks?

    August 21, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. SONGBIRD MCCAIN

    Keep in mind that the VP chosen will come from a state that Obama needs to keep blue. Meaning, the Senate or Gubernatorial race following the VP departure needs to be a safe blue race.

    August 21, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. yasmine

    Everyone its going to be OBAMA/KERRY 08!

    August 21, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. Ted:Canada

    Obama take Hillary and then send Bill after McCain.

    Go after health care and do something to help ordinary people -first!

    McCain has pschological problems which will come to the surface quickly when you make the annoucement.

    The poor old bugger will go snake. He will be in a mental hospital before the election.

    August 21, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Copperfield

    OBAMA and HILLARY share 95% of their views.

    MCCAIN and BUSH share 95% of their views.

    A president for the people or a president for the few.

    August 21, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. SONGBIRD MCCAIN

    Hey Bitter,

    There is nothing risky about Obama. He is level-headed, thoughtful and intelligent.

    Risky is the belligerent, stubborn, rhetoric that constantly spews from McAincient's mouth!

    August 21, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. jimmy

    CLINTON WILL NOT BE AROUND FRIDAY AND SUNDAY ,ANYWHERE NEAR OBAMA ON BOTH DAYS.

    August 21, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. paul oregon

    no hillary shes aliar and a loser nobody likes a loser

    August 21, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. KenM

    This decision was hard, God help us when he needs to make real decision on the country 'n' the world.............

    August 21, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. rachel

    I see the nasty obama supporters are still at it.

    August 21, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    I think if Obama wants to win, he is going to have to pick a VP with experience. I'm all for change, BUT with everything going on in the US and the world and the fact that he is an African American (gasp) many are not comfortable with him. He also needs someone that is a good attack dog and can take on the Republicans. In my opinion, Biden fits the bill. Hillary doesn't have the experience, being first lady doesn't count!!! I will vote for Senator Obama no matter who he picks though...

    Hopefully we will know soon, I'm tired of all the speculation....

    Obama/Biden, 08

    August 21, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. RRE

    Obama has chosen Rev. Jeramiah Wright as his VP!!!!!

    August 21, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. chas alabama

    You can always tell who gets all there information from FOX noise.

    August 21, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. 60 year old white woman Supporting Obama

    BITTER MID WESTENER: Is your "white trash" smear a racist comment? Actually I am a wife, mother grandmother and a teacher who cares greatly about my family and students' futures.

    These futures are too precious to be in the hands of a man who knows nothing except for attack, smear , pander and lie. If your candidate is so exceptional why doesn't he release the other 540 pages of his military records? What is he hiding??

    August 21, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. Sacto Joe

    I'm sure that, whatever the decision, it'll be a person who will augment his campaign, and I can live with his choice.

    Will it be Hillary? Frankly, I could even live with that choice (barely!).

    Stay tuned!

    August 21, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. nick

    'ope to see a good choice to put on my bumper sticker!

    August 21, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  23. NEVER OBAMA

    Of course this fool needs someone with experience because he has none himself. It still won't help him because he will screw this country up sooooo bad if he is elected (god forbid).
    HE WILL CHOOSE HILLARY CLINTON because the clown now is soooo afraid he's losing. If it's not Clinton then it will be BIDEN....who has already told the fool he doesn't have the experience and "on the job training is not offered".
    Want to know what obama is going to do to this country..........just look at the major cities inthis country that are run by democrates and the poverty of each.

    August 21, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. Dan

    For all those 18 million Hillary fans... don't worry!
    If Hillary does not get chosen by Obama, don't worry, Mccain will choose her. Oh, by the way... do not to forget to bring your one dollar with you to the convention so you can contribute to retiring her debt.

    August 21, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. Sue

    I cannot wait to find out who Obama picks! Anyone he chooses will compliment him.

    Obama 08

    August 21, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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