August 22nd, 2008
08:34 AM ET
6 years ago

Source: Obama calls Veep runner-ups

Obama has already made his decision, say sources.
Obama has already made his decision, say sources.

(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama called some people on his short-list for the vice presidential slot Thursday night to tell them he had not selected them as running mate, a highly placed Democratic party source told CNN.

The source did not say which people got the call.

Obama has told some other potential running mates over the last few weeks that he would not be choosing them.

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  1. Mike, TX

    Obama called the dems that don't favor killing a living child after a botched abortion to tell them they are too right wing to be on his ticket.

    August 22, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. StephenColbert

    <-- Didn't receive a call from Obama.

    August 22, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Pat

    Is he holding the phone upside down?

    August 22, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Mark Billingsley

    All you Hillary lovers please stop! Do you not remember who excited the GOP was to run against you? Put Hillary on the ticket and the GOP base gets revved up, starts pumping money into McCain's coffers and starts working hard to get him elected just to spite Hillary and therefore Obama. You guys act like there's not more than 18 million people who want to vote against her. THERE IS!

    August 22, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. hillybilly

    if obama is the 'one',then does that make the vp ,the 'two'?it's starting to sound like an episode of star trek,the next generation.

    August 22, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Yoda

    does not matter who he picks as this is what is going around the USA via E mail, Video and word of mouth:
    Quote from Obama's Book Audacaity of Hope:

    QUOTE: " I shall stand with the Muslims should the Policitcal Winds shift ugly".

    He's toast.
    Jack C
    Portland OR

    JACK- perhaps you should stop flaunting your ignorance to the rest of the world. That quote is taken out of context and it is quite easy to verify what was actually written. It's because of people like you that this country is toast.

    August 22, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Brandon in NC

    What is HRC bringing to the table...NOTHING!!! Wait...she does have debt that she will be happy to trade for a VP spot & votes....

    August 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. roddy

    My sources who are close to the campaign are whispering that Obama is going to pick Larry Sinclair

    August 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Lacy

    I'm an Obama supporter, and even I am tired of this little game. Just tell us already!

    August 22, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Message for the PUMAs (real PUMAs, not Republicans pretending to be PUMAs):

    I have, on this forum, beseeched you to not vote for McCain as he will set women's rights back 100 years. His agreement that we may need a draft should scare you all beyond belief. These are our children's lives you're playing with.

    PLEASE.

    August 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. hello? hello?

    Did he call himself to say he won't be selected for President?

    August 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. JohnBoy

    McCain will start a DRAFT, what a joke. The house and senate is controled by the Democrats for now, will they make a draft bill the law?

    How is their approval rating going? 8% Going to be a lot of losers soon. So sad for you Democrats.

    Thank God we have had a great president for the past 8 years, thanks President Bush.

    Hope that president McCain will be as good as Bush.

    McCain 08...................no TAX increases.

    August 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. noprabama

    What does obama stand for?....nothing he has flip-flopped like no other in the past 3 months and at every turn where it was politically expedient. How can people supposedly educated vote for him? Education does equate with intelligence and common-sense thats how. This Chicago con man has these poor kids locked away in the ivory tower existence of college life(basically extended but looser apron strings) protected from the real world and he has them so bamboozled its sad. I can't wait until a few years from now when they
    grow up, mature, gain a little lifes experience (common sense) and wake up saying "OMG how stupid was I? "

    August 22, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Carol

    To all the Republicans who are negatively commenting on Barack not telling who is VP is yet.

    Once again, POT MEET KETTLE. McCain hasn't told you his VP yet either.

    August 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Well we already know it's not going to be Hillary because she's alrady in debt and can't talk about the economy. I hope Hillary supporters understand why she would not be good for the VP spot.

    August 22, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Bill, Blue Carolina

    I really hope he's chosen Clark. Wes should have got the nod in 2004, but apparently voters were clueless.

    Obama-Clark '08

    August 22, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Otis

    Obama is showing with this that he truly is a celebrity. Here's media...let me tantalize you with my short list of VPs who will not be chosen.

    I've seen enough. Announce your decision already.

    Is this the way you'll make decisions that matter to America when you're elected?

    I can see it now: CNN: Breaking Story: Obama hints at decision to lower gas prices. Email sent with subject line "How to lower gas prices" and in the body of that e-mail?

    ...just kidding...

    August 22, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Keith

    With or without a V P, the Obamanator will destroy all in his path!

    Oh Bama Oh Eight!

    August 22, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Bill, Blue Carolina

    The only two short-listers without scheduled speeches at the Convention are Tim Kaine and Wes Clark.

    August 22, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. California Democrat

    Obama's really been playing coy and cute with the whole VP thing. Everyday, some "leak" or statement to the press, just so he can hog the media spotlight. Someone should tell him that we're gagging on hearing a new "twist" on the same old topic every single day. Who will be Obama's VP? Yuck! Just give us a break already, name whoever it is, and start talking up your platform and ideas (if you can).

    August 22, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Leta

    After my experience with Bill Clinton and not knowing the actual person behind the Name Hillary and then not knowing that their Al Gore was Addison State Banks, Texas' Al, I will never EVER vote for any President with out knowing who is the VP running mate and what their plans are for this country in the event they have to step in to the Presidency...NEVER...Hillary would have had Bill killed with Vince Foster. Al Gore would have made Hillary VP when he stepped in...You need to show me the person and let them speak long before the conventions...Hillary should have never been able to influence Bill's choice for VP.....Hillary had Bill coming through the front door and Al entering from the rear......

    August 22, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Is PUMA contagious? I don't want to catch it!

    The only reason people are making a big stink about it is because they are wondering if he's going to pick Clinton, that's it. Everyone is kind of "will he or won't he" right now, once again, it all revolves around her. This whole primary was about her, this convention is all about her and I will be SOOO glad once he picks his VP (NOT CLINTON) and the convention is over so I don't have to hear about her for a long, long time. Relief can't come soon enough...

    August 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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