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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  1. Brian

    "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–"

    Winding down? Why don't you say its in its last throes or mission accomplished............ oh that's right cause your FULL of it! Almost 7 years and Bin Laden is still free. I thought you Repubbies are about Security but with all our power and strength we can't catch one man. How do you propose paying for these Wars???? Oh yeah, don't worry your plan is to allow our kids to pay for these wars, while they fight our future wars (and maybe Iraq and Afghanistan due to impotetant leadership)...... Hey but you know everything and the Repubbies can do NOTHING wrong!

    August 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. anonymous

    I do hope that all these people making remarks about someone being to OLD will remember what they said when they possibly go for a job one day and they don't get it and they thing, well maybe I am too Old.
    DON'T FORGET THE THING YOU PROBABLY SAY OH THAT IS DISCRIMINATING. Well, you cannot discriminate regardless of AGE.
    Hope you remember this YOUNG PEOPLE. Maybe you are too young and have a lot to learn and are in for a rude awakening one day.
    AMEN

    August 21, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. Walt, Belton,TX

    Guarranteed his choice won't be a man of honor though, doubt one could stomach all the lies and empty promises. Just remember, Hitler was a great speaker too!

    August 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. RJ, CA

    "Obama: I've decided"

    "The Great One" has decided. WOW! The universe will stop spinning! Who the heck cares!

    Obama, get a life! NOT all of us care about you - honestly!

    August 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. Analyst

    Obama's attempts at hyping the vp selection to boost his polls is disingenuous.

    He may get positive benefits from selecting any of the candidates, but all candidates come with negative factors also. For example, Biden cannot fit the bill of "hope and CHANGE".

    Biden's solution to give $1billion to Georgia in aid does not instill confidence in his experience in foreign policy.

    Obama's slip in the polls will only get worse, even after announcing the candidate. History repeats itself with Obama outspending McCain by $30M in July and nothing to show for it except a 50% drop in the lead. What a joke.

    August 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. INDEPENDANT VET

    Obamas change will be .

    Instead of a dollar, all you will have is change.

    His next change is, from the Red , White and Blue. He will raise the white flag /

    Obama is all mouth, an will ruin this Country.

    His experiance is just running that lower lip. No substance any where along the way.

    I say, go back to Rezko & Wright an start over. An then make your dirty Laundry Change.

    August 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. Nate

    tedious898 – Why does it always comes down to "Black Guy" .... PLEASE stop the race excuse ... blacks are victims ...boohooo .... i was mugged twice in NY, guess by who?

    August 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. Go Away McCain

    There is an appropriate pick that should stand out above the rest that embodies representation for the core issues. Change for the economy, healthcare, the environment, poverty, education, retirement, taxes, and peace – Hillary Clinton.

    August 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. Blaze

    wait, the republicans are desperate? Who brought up the situation about houses with McCain? Does that not sound desperate to anyone else? Do houses actually make a good president? The democrats are also getting desperate since the realize that their wonderboy is not as far ahead as he used to be.

    August 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. JOHN

    OBAMA IS A CONFUSED MAN? MAYBE SOME OF YOU PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN THIS MAN IS PICKING A PERSON WHO MAY NEED TO STEP IN AND TAKE OVER THE OFFICE OF P.O.T.U.S. THIS IS NOT A GAME, IT'S OUR FUTURE. PUMA=PAIN UP MY AS–

    August 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  11. Not Surprised, NY

    "Specifically Obama was "very hung up on the experience versus change,” the source said,...a source close to the Illinois senator tells CNN's Gloria Borger. " OBAMA IS HUNG UP ON THIS? IMAGINE THAT, AND PEOPLE ARE REALLY GOING TO VOTE FOR THIS GUY?!!!!

    August 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. Abe

    JOE LIEBERMAN IS A JUDAS. HE IS SELLING HIS PARTY FOR SEVEN PIECES OF SILVER.

    IT WAS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAT GAVE HIM HIS CAREER AFTER HE LEFT LAW SCHOOL.

    McWAR,PLEASE PICK THE JUDAS FOR VP FOR THE GOP,PLEASE?

    August 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  13. Mike

    Barack shall pick three VP instead of one. One to help him to get the blue collar worker's vote, one to have national secury experience and one to have diplomatic experience. May be another one to handle the domestic issue, the economics. That will be four VPs. A good start to change Washington.

    August 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. RJ, CA

    For the one who wondered: Obama's hair is "turning gray" because he's told the make-up artists to make him look more "presidential."

    SO IMPRESSIVE! Watch for new "grey" streaks in Michelle's
    hair shortly!

    August 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    Senator Obama will be President- and CHANGE will happen- whoever the VP Nominee is- (Hopefully BIDEN!)- experience will help and he will be open to the changes Barack wants. THey will be on the same page!
    I already have an OBAMA/BIDEN 08 button! Hope I can keep wearing it!

    August 21, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. SONGBIRD

    OBAMA/WESLEY CLARK...........08

    August 21, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. Chicago Red

    To all of you IDIOTS -No Hillary No VOTE again HELP HER PAY her Debt !!!

    August 21, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  18. JOEL

    As some one who is not sold on Obama i do tip my hat off on a good job keeping cnn on it toes about the V.P pick I love it .

    August 21, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  19. wow

    Is this surprising? Of course it's a difficult decision.

    August 21, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  20. Ken

    If Obama chooses anyone other than Hillary Clinton to be his VP, he will lose to McCain, for he will be unable to beat him in November.

    I am one of the Hillary Clinton supporters that will write in on the ballot Hillary's name, or will vote for McCain. I know that I will NOT be alone in doing this.

    So if the Democrats want to win back the White House in November, then they better pull out all stops to get Hillary Clinton on the ticket, that is the only way Obama has a chance at becoming our next President.

    August 21, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  21. Rob G. Charlotte NC

    Sad how divided and uninformed are the comments I read above. We should all take a deep breath, take with a grain of salt all the "spin" that radio and, even, the press have thrown at us, and take a very sober look at whom we think is, like it or not, the better choice to try to take our country forward in the way most Americans now understand we must go.

    Personally, I am most horrified at the depth of the corruption and disrespect for the true American traditions and Constitutional beacons that have been absolutely trampled with devilish skill, right under out noses, with the Carl Roves, the "swiftboating", (which has already begun anew), by the current administration and the virtually bankrupt list of areas where the distinguished veteran has brilliantly and boldly charted new courses and disavowed, clearly, the precedents of his political party.

    I'll take my chances on Obama.

    Rob

    Rob

    August 21, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. Nick Eklund

    I would bet he's likeliest to pick Joe Biden as his VP. Then Tim Kaine, then Evan Bayh, then Bill Richardson, then Hillary Clinton.

    August 21, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  23. willy

    Change that empty word.

    August 21, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  24. ACFX

    Picking someone with more experience would not require a lot of heavy lifting

    August 21, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  25. Reality check #1

    We have seen Obama's idea of "change", change your mind, change the subject, change your stand, but what is bad is he doesn't change his old Chicago style politics, lie, lie,lie.

    August 21, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
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