July 29th, 2008
08:47 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama heads to VP vetter’s office building


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(CNN) - In a sign Barack Obama may be moving closer to selecting a running mate, the Democratic presidential candidate was spotted Monday heading into the Washington office building of his top VP vetter, Eric Holder

Following a roundtable with some of his top economic advisors, Obama headed to the downtown Washington law offices of Covington and Burling, where Holder is a partner. He declined to answer any questions on his way in.

CNN Political Market: Who will Obama choose?

Holder, along with Caroline Kennedy, is principally in charge of steering the Illinois senator's search for a No. 2. Longtime Washington insider Jim Johnson had also been leading the search but stepped down last month amid questions over favorable loans from Countrywide Financial.

Caroline Kennedy is also reportedly in Washington Monday for a Democratic National Committee fundraising event.

Obama's campaign wouldn't comment on the meeting, though he's expected to spend nearly two hours there before heading to a fundraiser in Arlington. Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, as well as senior advisers David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, are also traveling with Obama Monday, though it is unclear if they are attending the meeting.

Speaking with NBC Sunday, Obama wouldn't say how close he is to selecting his running mate, but said it would happen "soon enough."

“I'm going to want somebody with integrity. I'm going to want somebody with independence, who's willing to tell me where he thinks or she thinks I'm wrong, and I'm - I'm going to want somebody who shares a vision of the country where we need to go, that we've got to fundamentally change not only our policies, but how our politics works, how business is done in Washington,” he said.

UPDATE: Obama left Holder's office building shortly before 7 p.m. ET, almost three hours after he went in. He declined to answer any questions on who he met with.

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soundoff (448 Responses)
  1. Brandy, NJ

    10 bucks says Obama selects an older white guy. lol

    No-bama ... no-vote

    July 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. Hillary got screwed

    Sounds like Rosie O'Donnell

    July 28, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Several good choices out there......can't wait to see who he picks.

    July 28, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. Jay

    weird, in that last paragraph, Obama is describing Hillary Clinton. He knows he's toast without her on the ticket.

    July 28, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Ian

    I love it when a plan comes together.

    July 28, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. justin in CO

    for goodness sake, he'll announce his v.p. choice when he makes one. continually asking him about it (a) won't bring about an answer any sooner, (b) doesn't remind him he needs to (eventually) make a choice, (c) doesn't remind him that when he makes a choice, he ought to make a public announcement of his choice, (d) annoys the crap out of me, so i can only imagine how he feels, (e) all of the above. let the man breathe, or at least ask him what he had for breakfast this morning, as i'm dying to know

    July 28, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Dean P Valencia Ca

    Just don't pick Hillary, Obama. She doesn't want to be on a sinking ship. Take Edwards down with you-he's going down anyway.

    Hillary 2012-a second chance.

    July 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. HF in CA

    This just in...Obama sighed heavily!

    Oh brother! This isn't news. I would EXPECT Obama to visit his top VP vetter.

    July 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. DJ, LA, CA

    Chuck Hagel
    Evan Bayh
    Ed Rendell

    July 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Bert

    Obama can kiss this democrat's vote goodbye if he picks a woman other than Hillary Clinton.

    July 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Jordan

    If Hillary is not the VP, don't expect a vote from me Obama.

    July 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. Xavierism

    Still hoping that Hillary ends up on the ticket...

    July 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    I am very pleased that Sen. Obama was meeting with his Economic advisers, one which was Mr. Buffet. He has gathered a group of great minds to advice him.

    After this afternoon's budget numbers from Bush/Cheney, of a deficit of $490 BILLION, PLUS ANOTHER $80 BILLION FOR IRAQ'S WAR! WE ARE IN A DISASTER!

    Funny how the far-right people never mention how McCain is going to clean up Bush/Cheney's mess!

    July 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. CLINTON 08 VP


    OBAMA (P) & CLINTON (VP) 2008-2014


    July 28, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Obama/Springsteen 2008!

    July 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. ANNIA

    Sign me up for PUMA, please!!!

    No Hillary, no Vote!!!

    July 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Ardnuas

    Please pick Biden or Bayh..... PLEASE..... this is the winning team... p.s. I also like Chuck Hagel

    July 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. angie - dallas -28


    July 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. linda from South Dakota

    way to go barack,, thats the way to do it,,,, pick someone who cares about america and sticks beside you all the way,, go obama!!!!!!!!08

    July 28, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. Obama/Sebelius 08

    Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas!!!!!

    She would be a perfect match for Obama!!!!

    6 years State Governor
    8 years State Insurance Commisioner
    8 years State Representative

    She's been voted as one of the Top 5 Governors!!!
    Did a great job of bringing her state out of debt!!!!

    Great track history of making both Democrats and Republicans happy!

    She has what it takes to get the job done, and is by far the best match for Obama!!!

    Obama/Sebelius 2008!!!!!

    July 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Of course he won't pick Hillary, altho he should. She would receive more attention and know what she is doing. AND THAT WOULD TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT off egotistical super big headed obama.

    IF he does get the job he will probably have people line up to kiss his butt moreso than bush ever did.

    July 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. Jeanie Washington

    I do hope he picks someone as smart as he is someone he can turst.
    Trust is the issue. We are going too have a hard 4 years comming up. I know from viewing history . in reading history this will be the wrost since the great depression. I am praying OBAMA will make it . if not we will be int the biggest mess this country has ever experience..........trust me on this one.

    July 28, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Ron Nebraska

    He's describing retiring republican senator Chuck Hagel and that would be an excellent choice in my book!

    July 28, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. We Love Kathleen

    We Want Kathleen!!!!!!

    Obama/Sebelius 2008!!!!!

    July 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. California Voter

    No Clinton , NO OBAMA.

    July 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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