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WASHINGTON (CNN)–Members of Senator Barack Obama's vice presidential search team are meeting this afternoon with top House Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill to discuss potential running mates, according to several Congressional sources.
The team vetting Obama's V.P. pick is scheduled to meet individually with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md, House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn, D-SC, and House Democratic Caucus chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Il. It's unclear whether the team will also meet with Speaker Nancy Pelosi later today or at another time.
One aide described the meetings as a chance for the Obama campaign "to show respect for party leaders and ask advice." This aide downplayed the significance of the meetings, noting there have been similar consultations in previous elections.