June 20th, 2008
02:05 PM ET
15 years ago

Party unity - and potential VPs - at Chicago roundtable

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) – Barack Obama sat down with 16 Democratic governors on Friday in his hometown of Chicago to discuss all things economic and to emphasize the future partnership they envision between the White House and the states.

Conversation focused on energy, infrastructure, jobs, education and health care.

Obama strayed from his initial scripted remarks to hit John McCain on his recent proposal to allow states to decide if they want to drill for oil off their coasts.

"When I hear John McCain say that he is now in favor of the same oil drilling off the coast that he was opposed to just a week ago, what he doesn't tell you is that George Bush's own energy department has said that this would have no impact on consumers until 2030," said Obama.

The governors in attendance included seven who had supported Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, and several who have topped many experts' of lists potential vice presidential prospects, including Kansas' Kathleen Sebelius, New Mexico's Bill Richardson, and Pennsylvania's Ed Rendell.

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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Venus

    Way to go Bam! Hope the meeting was good!

    Let's go team! Time to step it up!

    June 20, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. rw

    We are spending 100% more money on Gas and Food; Our wages didnt increasing 100%; Bush and Congress knew that it is coming; they are used to Ban-Aid management; Unfortunately, they don't care; Look at Brazil, they adopted a new policy Sugar Cane based Ethanol. What did we do Corn that gives 1/3rd of ethanol that sugar cane produces; Wrong policies; GM cars can run with Ethanol in Brazil and not in the US, GM blames on law-makers(no on OIL Lobby)!!! We need change; hope Obama brings it, otherwise next four years, gas at $6/Gal and 200% more than what we are paying now!!!

    June 20, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    June 20, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Vito

    This is going to be one of the greatest Democratic administrations the country has ever had.

    I can't wait.

    June 20, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. MLG

    Don't care. You are not getting my vote. McCain 08

    June 20, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Vote Nader

    Will he work with states whom have Republican Governors? I'm tired of his "across the aisle" rhetoric while he only meets with Democrats.

    It also sounds like he is against state rights by talking of partnerships and speaking against Sen. McCain's thoughts on states deciding if drilling is allowed. I thought we were a union of individual states, and the Federal government had a limited role. The more Obama talks, the more I fear his agenda. It truly does appear he wants a socialist nation where the government controls everything.


    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    June 20, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    PUMA FOR ME Unless I have the opportunity of casting a ballot for a ticket that includes Hillary !!

    June 20, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. enough for this old geezer

    The democrats publicly displayed the abuse that occurs in a dysfunctional family- complete with the domestic violence.

    Degrade, demean the woman- with vile, vulgar insults and hatred.

    Throttle, bash and attack her into submisiion.

    Beat her down and tell her she is worthlesa and should quit.

    Then when you succeed and RAISE UP THE GREAT OBAMA- we will all bow down and submit and kiss and make up.

    Fools. The NEW DEMOCRATS are full of bias and intolerance and hatred of everyone who dares to disagree with them. They want to win- even if it means lying and cheating and strong-arming others into doing what you demand.

    The OLD, traditional democrats will gladly defect from the party, so that you can eagerly embrace all the hateful, selfish newbie leftists. We were turned off by this biased primary.

    Good luck to you all.

    No vote fro Obama from this old geezer who believes in fair elections on a level playing field.

    June 20, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. go suck an egg

    I did not care for how Hillary was treated- most unfairly and hatefully.

    I did not care for how Obama was treated- like god's gift and royalty.

    I did not like how you sacrificed the BEST candidate- HRC- just to advantage and install the puppet.

    Glad the kids are all happy... and glad the AAs feel like he is legitimate. But most of us see right through this con man.

    No vote from me for Obama.

    I left the democratic party over the sad handling of this primary.

    Hillary Clinton is the ONLY democrat I will EVER vote for in the future.

    June 20, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. Rise HILLARY, Rise

    I loved the way you all treated HRC--so much respect and dignity. Showed her so much love and support for her dedication to this country and its people...

    Yeah right.

    You savaged the good woman.

    I will NEVER vote democratic again.

    Get back to your own ideals. Stop swiftboating your own. Stop meddling with fair elections. Stop installing the left wing puppet.

    Then come back and discuss unity.

    June 20, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Obama stole the nomination

    You picked and installed Obama.

    You had to savagely and unfairly attack and demean HRC to do it.

    None the less.... SHE wins.

    Obama is a cheating hypocrit who bullied and threatened his way into the nomination.

    I will vote ONLY for HRC.

    June 20, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. FrankSmith

    I guess Hillary and her "bitter" Clinton supporters need Obama (and supporters) more than Obama needs Hillary..

    Obama can win those battle-ground DEM states without the help of Hillary.

    Hillary needs the help of Obama to pay her sagging bills, loans etc. This is how terribly Hillary managed her campaign. I guess Hillary and her bitter followers need to beg Obama to come their help!!!

    Bottom line, call on McCain to help retire Hillary's debts, loans...!

    June 20, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Buddy

    Was Rev. Wright there he's in the hunt for V.P.

    June 20, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Scott L

    Obama is going to get crushed in the general election, what were Democracts thinking getting behind this guy?

    June 20, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. EDW

    Off shore oil drilling is fine by me, but President Obama what can we do right now about this problem???

    June 20, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Beltway Insider

    All the politicians are now starting to suck up to who they know will be the next President. Expected.

    June 20, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Venus

    By the way Bam! Nice move on McSame and his thugs for not going along with the public funding! I love it!

    This means McSame has to really hit the air running because he will need to attend a lot of fund raising each week to generate money for his campaign!

    I see no reason why you should have to bow down to McSame -if he wants to win this election... let him work for it!

    June 20, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Daniel, WA

    Who cares. Barack is a joke.

    June 20, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. TJ Johnson

    It is totally absurd that democrats don't see the need to accelerate oil production, since it is oil that is the current energy base of our society. Why don't they know that? Didn't any of them ever read anything, or then again, maybe none of them ever used a gas pump.

    June 20, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. tigerakabj

    Good Obama. Knights of the roundtable discussing the short and long-term strategy to get the idiots out of power and to secure a prosperous future for America at all levels.

    I can't wait until Barack throws all of McSenile's flip-flops right back in his face during the debates.

    June 20, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Speechless

    Note to Sen. Obama: The sooner we get started toward energy independence the better. Where we will be in the future if we do nothing?

    June 20, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. RJ from NJ

    O-blah-blah and NJ Dem Gov Jon Corzine....
    In the same room...
    Wonder if Jon-Boy was mentoring the big O on how to put tolls on every road to generate more revenue.
    Two limousine liberals..... Purrrrfect Together!!

    June 20, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. JJ

    So tired of all the BS. Obama will kill the US. He is so sucky, and His Islam beginnings need to stay squashed. He is a sucky ducky.

    June 20, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. James, SC

    Senator Obama turns down public financing and the GOP calls that flip-flopping.

    Senator McCain said no off-shore drilling last week, but this week he is for it; and the news media calls it adjusting his views. This may be true, but McCain didn't change his view until President Bush told him to change. Plus none of this drilling will help us today.

    Why are we trying to fix tomorrow's problems with last year's answers. Don't you think it is time for America to lead the world in energy usage? No, that makes too much sense. We should keep on doing things the way we always have.

    June 20, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. Debbie

    Obama/Hagel 2008

    How's THAT for change??

    June 20, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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