August 24th, 2008
06:30 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN forces Obama to release VP pick early

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CNN’s reporting forced the Obama campaign to scrap its original plan.
CNN’s reporting forced the Obama campaign to scrap its original plan.

DENVER (CNN) – Barack Obama planned to name Joe Biden as his running mate by text message at 8 a.m. ET Saturday morning, but was forced to move up the announcement when CNN broke the story after midnight, a senior Obama official said.

At 12:42 a.m. ET, CNN reported that Obama had picked Biden to join him on the ticket. Several other news organizations confirmed the CNN report shortly afterwards.

“Had a certain network not blown our cover at a certain time the text message would have gone out in the morning, 8 a.m. Eastern,” Robert Gibbs, a senior advisor, said with a grin on Sunday. “We told people they would find out from us. When we decided it was going to get out we decided to send the text out.”

Gibbs said he believes despite the fact that the rollout plan had to be altered, a “vast majority of the people” still learned by text message when they woke up in the morning.

Some Republicans and others suggested that Obama’s 3 a.m. ET email had been intended as a deliberate swipe at Hillary Clinton, who ran a primary season ad that referenced that hour of the morning to make the case she was more qualified to handle a breaking crisis.


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  1. oscar

    I hear all this PUMA this and PUMA that but what are you really mad about ? . How angry can you be that your willing to say that mc cain has your best intentions because your candidate didnt get nominated . The numbers dont lie . Obama was nominated because the votes were counted regardless of the tom foolery of Michigan and Florida . So if you honestly believe that MC Cain has your best interest at heart? If thats the case then you should vote for him and get a retard acronym to go with your misconstrued and misdirected anger. You deserve to have your kids in a war torn country risking their lives for a neo conservative agenda YOU deserve to not to have health care because big pharmaceuticals are in the governments pockets YOU deserve to have no jobs at your local plant because the government decide it easier for them to ship them over seas YOU deserve big oil companies to not give a rats a$$ about you or your need to drive around your dumbfounded idea of automobile supremacy ... Dont fall victim to the talking heads and personal pride think about where your gonna be in 5 years because you thought it was cute to be mad your candidate didnt make it in the beauty contest.. Think for once and stop following others.

    August 24, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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