April 28th, 2008
05:05 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama: Will you be my running mate?

WILMINGTON, North Carolina (CNN) – It's official: Barack Obama has offered the vice presidency to an 82-year-old woman.

At a town hall meeting in Wilmington, North Carolina, Monday supporter Jean Weiss stood up to ask a question and began by telling the Illinois senator that he's "captured her heart" with his foreign policy stands.

"When you said 'yes I will sit down with all my enemies, we're gonna sit around the table, we're gonna work this thing out,'" Weiss said, "sir, that was not naiveté—that was wisdom."

She then moved on to a question about water supply. "Before I answer the question," Obama said, "I just want to know–will you be my running mate?"

The crowd erupted in applause, and Weiss ran up to the stage and gave him a hug.

"That’s my running mate there," Obama said as she trotted back to her seat, her arms in the air. "She is 82 years old. She's got some fire!"

Weiss wasn't done, though, until she offered some advice on how to handle his rival Hillary Clinton.

"Don't hit on Hillary," she said. "Bring us all back. Let her do that stuff. Leave her alone, you don't need to do that. You are higher than that. Bring us up higher than that."

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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Ken of NC


    April 28, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. Herman LA, CA

    This was great I was watching her at the time. This is what I'm saying America has a golden chance to turn the page will she we shall find out.

    If not I look forward to something very tragic happing in this country.

    April 28, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. lol

    that was the second candidate today for the vice presidency. we had this woman, and reverend wright hinting at the nod during his speech at the national press breakfast. obama is charismatic, and eloquent, but his judgement has to be questioned. he chose to stay at a black separatist church for 2 decades, that preaches racism, anti american views, and hates jews. does he really expect us to believe he had no idea what this "reverend" was all about?

    April 28, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. wow

    Everyone is afraid to alienate the youth and the African American vote.

    But what about alienating all the others who voted- or did not get a chance to at caucus- or were denied by bogus rules the vote in Fl and Mi.

    Those people we can AFFORD to alienate?

    That is the MAJORITY, people- so lets get real.

    DO NOT MONKEY with our right to vote. This was 3rd world election fixing. The good news is that it did not work in America and Obama is not getting installed as easily as was anticipated.

    April 28, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
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