June 10th, 2008
08:15 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama's VP team raises 'a lot of names' on Capitol Hill


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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Members of Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential search team had a "good, long discussion" with top House and Senate Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill over potential running mates Monday, one participant said.

Two members of the team, James Johnson and Eric Holder, met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for just over 30 minutes before heading over to speak with House leaders, a senior Democratic aide told CNN. They wrapped up their sessions Monday evening after a meeting with House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emmanuel, leaving without answering reporters' questions.

But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he had a "good, long discussion" with Johnson and Holder and added, "They mentioned a lot of names."

"What they're doing is talking to, I think, a lot of people about the alternatives and views that people have about the alternatives," said Hoyer, D-Maryland. Asked whether anyone raised the possibility that Obama's former rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, could be on the ticket, he responded, "I think it would be reasonable to assume that all of the alternatives were considered."

One aide described the meetings as a chance for the Obama campaign "to show respect for party leaders and ask advice." The aide downplayed the significance of the meetings, noting there have been similar consultations in previous elections.

Obama, the Democrats' presumptive nominee, told CNN last week that he will not rush the selection of a running mate. He said he will "be deliberate and systematic about it, because this will be my final counselor when I am making decisions in the White House, and I want to make sure I get it right."

In addition to Johnson and Holder, Caroline Kennedy is on Obama's vice presidential advisory team.

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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. mr.st.louis

    all these republicans posing as hillary supporters will only make democrats stronger

    June 9, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. anon

    What's the deal with all these "bitter" folks saying choose Hillary. There are more qualified folks out there who would make a better VP. Hitlary supporters should chill!

    June 9, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. The O


    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. C-Lo in Texas, Obama 08

    what ever happened to this being his decision and his decision alone. anynomous he does not need your help..... thank you very much

    June 9, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. Strategist in Athens

    Excellent. Taking his time, going through the vetting process as any other nominee would. Now if people could stop reporting on it for awhile, they could really get some work done. 🙂 After all, a watched pot never boils.

    June 9, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. Mary

    No way he'll get elected unless he choses Hillary!

    June 9, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. ann

    no way, she is toxic, not trustworthy and is not change. Except for being a woman she is not change. We are looking to the future not what was.

    June 9, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. think people

    Obama should *not* choose Hillary. It would be damaging to his ticket and divisive. However, Hillary supporters should understand that she probably doesn't want that job anyway–too much of a sinecure (empty position. Forgive me for defining–couldn't think of a synonym and didn't want to be obnoxious). She should take a position that gives her the ability to effect the changes and agendas she wants to, since she and O agree on so much and her platforms are largely his too. I hope that is what happens, for the good of his candidacy and the good of this race.

    June 9, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. Very Objective Independent American

    Wow, can any objective person deny that Obama is likely to be one of the best presidents ever?

    1. Compare the way he's already handling his VP selection in 1 week to how John McCain has handled his in the past 3 months. A committee? Wow...

    2. Compare the way he run his historic campaign as a virtual unknown against the 2 most powerful people in the Democratic party – people who had the Democratic establishment in their pocket before the race began...

    3. Compare the way he's already instilling changes in the DNC (such as no lobbyists money etc) to how McCain has handled the RNC. I don't even think McCain knows he's the boss of the party now...

    Open-minded Americans, Please give Obama a chance... The more I pay attention to him, the more I'm willing to give him a chance. Yes, he's not a proven quantity, but McCain is a proven quantity – proven to be 95% like George Bush!

    June 9, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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