August 22nd, 2008
06:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Fake VP announcements sent...even to White House press

Obama has yet to name his VP candidate.
Obama has yet to name his VP candidate.

(CNN) – Eager VP-watchers waiting for the text message announcement of Barack Obama’s choice of running mate have gotten their answer: It’s Hillary Clinton. And Tim Kaine. And Kathleen Sebelius.

Since declaring the Democratic vice presidential pick would first be announced over e-mail and text message, several hoax announcements of the Illinois senator's choice have circulated, purporting to be from the Obama campaign.

The latest came in e-mail Friday morning that hit the inboxes of many White House reporters, carrying the subject, "My Vice President."

The e-mail, from the address obama08campaign@aol.com, was purportedly from Barack Obama and read, "I said you would be the first to know, and you are - I have selected Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as my running mate!”

No word on when the real e-mail will be sent.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (368 Responses)
  1. vic nashville,Tn

    I had a meeting morning after that meeting every one were criticizing main stream media. This news also prove that CNN !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 22, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Wanda

    This is so exciting. We are going with a bang into the Democratic National Convention. We are on top and we're staying on top. No more politics and Washington mess as usual. New man in town that will get the job done and done right. And when we come out of the convention next Thursday, there will "no stopping us now". Obama/Biden 08, 12 or Obama/Powell 08, 12 I will be watching all next week, every night. When the following week comes, I certainly won't be watching the boring Republicans at all.

    August 22, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Andy

    Not quite as bad as having a fake for a President for the last 8 years.

    August 22, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Great.

    Somebody just hit the most of the media, the White House, and who knows who else with an e-mail virus.

    We know McCain didn't open it up, though. Thank goodness for being computer illiterate.

    August 22, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. TC

    Honestly, if this guy isn't smart enough to pick Hillary Clinton as his VP then he doesn't deserve to win. Hillary is the only way he's going to end up being President. None of the others - Biden, Bayh, Kaine - will carry him. Honestly, is his campaign manager really that dumb?

    I'm not voting for Obama and even I can see the forest through the trees. "Tool" is right.

    August 22, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Joe- Michigan

    I can't wait until all of this nonsense is over. Just get to the point, and elect Obama, so we can get George Bush and John McCain away from the White House. If McCain is elected, there is no doubt that we will be involved in World War III within a year! He's a WAR MONGER, PERIOD! And if you think the economy and health care are in bad shape now, just wait. John McCain is an economic MEGA DISASTER waiting to happen! OBAMA 08!!! The people voting for him are either rich, or don't have good sense!

    August 22, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Repudrillcans or Pumacans

    Nobody is gonna shove Bill-ary or Hell-ary or Lie-ary down Obama's throat! He is the nominee and it is his decision to make who his running mate will be. Got it Pumacans?

    Yes We Can
    Obama 08 12

    August 22, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    C'mon, let's get it over with already!

    ABC = Anybody But Clinton

    August 22, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Obvious Error

    Did anyone seriously think this wouldn't happen?
    In trying to appeal to The Next Generation, Obama looks like a guy trying to dress like his teenager. It's hard to say which is the biggest group of dorks: the Obama Campaign who thought this would be a good idea – or the press who lap it up.

    August 22, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Lisa

    Obama is so childish, if it's not Hillary he's going to lose anyway.

    August 22, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    People, this was a hoax.

    The email did not originate from the Obama campaign.

    August 22, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. facts are facts

    It shouldn't matter who is chosen as Obama's running mate he should be a shoe-in unless the intellectual level in America is lower than John McCains'! After supposedly not knowing how many houses he owns his level of intelligence wouldn't be much higher than what you would expect to see in a bag of hammers.

    In all fairness though it could be McCain was just lying and really could count to 7 even though he was a failure in militaty college.

    In the long run though it really doesn't matter how you analyze it anyone who would vote for McCain would have to be on the same intellectual level or below and that my friends is a fact!!!!

    August 22, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Gail AL.

    It doesn't matter who he puts on the ticket,he can't beat MCcain. Even if he were to put Hillary on the ticket, I would say too little too late. I'm voting for MCcain.

    August 22, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Joe- Michigan

    CORRECTION: The people voting for McCain are either rich, on his payroll, or just don't have good sense!

    August 22, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Andrew

    Um, not to expect equal vulturing, but doesn't McCain need to make a VP announcement as well? Where's all the hand-wringing about that?

    August 22, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Mark from Naperville, IL

    Ahhh, the right-wing can't stand Obama's wise use of technology. McCain doesn't have know how to operate a computer, nor does he drive himself anywhere. Talk about an elitist!

    August 22, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Kevin

    It's me

    August 22, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Bailey

    The Clinton's are REALLY poor sports, really sore losers. The ridiculous "Democratice Insider" statements shoved into the media today, with the DNC convention right around the corner, are at best, a the very essence the work of Bill and Hill. So glad they are yesterdays DNC news. It is a shame that they each get a night to speak because no matter what they say, they are NEVER genuine is giving support to another. They are, Hill and Bill all about themselves, forever. Thank god they are out.

    August 22, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Charlotte

    I'm sure he thinks the build up will measure up. It will most likely be a major let down as he himself has been..

    August 22, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Phil

    So how many McCain points did you naysayers get for copying and pasting the McCain talking points into these comment areas today?

    August 22, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. karen-phoenix

    I am 64 and have watched and voted republican all my life! NO MORE! This is the MOST exciting election in my lifetime and the young people in this country are beginning to really care because their future depends on Obama getting in. THis is great!!!! Can't wait to watch tomorrow in Springfield. Go Obama who ever you pick wil be wonderful!!!! If Hillary would have backed down after Super Tue she would probably be VP.

    August 22, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Rick from Portland

    I haven't got any texts, fake or real, so I question the legitimacy of this story. He is doing this his way, if you don't like it, don't buy into the hype and pay attention. And as for the bitter Hillary fan who signed off Hillary 012, if you want to see this country MAKE IT to 2012, you should choke down your pride and vote for Obama. He wasn't necessarily my first choice, but he won, he is our nominee, and I support him. I would have done the same for Hillary btw. How could you be for Hillary, and think the country would be better off under McCain? Tell the truth, its because he's black isn't it? Closet Racist!

    August 22, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Deb Sastre

    Well, nobody will believe it when it really is sent.
    Creating more doubt will just frustrate everbody. It already has frustrated the US relay teams which could not even hold onto the batons because all of the attention was on a VP pick back home instead of racing and cheering for the Gold at the Olympics. I don't really care who he goes with, it will be harder if he does not pick Hillary, she is the only certain way that Obama wins.

    August 22, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. cnn junkie

    i am hypertensive,this is not good for me,annouce already obama you are killing me

    August 22, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Paul

    You people need to improve your reading comprehension skills. Obama is not sending out fake VP announcements, other people are sending them out pretending to be from Obama.

    August 22, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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