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. Richardson for V.P

    For the love of God, please don't chose hillary. She is a dangerous pick because she's getting older, and knowing her human rights track record with the likes of vince foster, she might try to set him up. I know some people might think, "pick hillary and it'll be a sure victory", but in my opinion winning isn't everything, and if people are that racist and stupid as to pick john mccain when knowing he's an inferior candidate than they deserve the 4 years of hell they'll get when doing so..

    July 29, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  2. WDM

    I expect that the GOP attack machine already has a line of attack planed for any possible VP choice Obama makes. I'm also sure that Obama will congratulate McCain on his VP choice.

    July 29, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  3. Rita


    July 29, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  4. Moe, NY

    Obama...you just described HILLARY....If you are as smart as I think you are, you will go with Hillary. She will never be a yes person to you or anyone else....I am sure you have enough YES people around you...you need someone who will tell it like it is, and Hillary is the person to do just that!

    July 29, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  5. Carl from MI

    It's not too late to add Gore, I don't care what the Neocons say. After 8 years of Dick Cheney, anything's an improvement.

    July 29, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  6. John Hamilton

    A truly powerful pick would be Janet Napolitano, the governor of Arizona. For one thing, McCain would lose his own state (which he might lose anyway).

    Actually, I think that by election day McCain will no longer be the "Republican" candidate. For health reasons, real and convenient, he will drop out. There is too much criminal money to be made for the "Republicans" to back a loser.

    Of course, the best running mate for Obama would be Caroline Kennedy. Maybe she could pull a Cheney. Not a chance, I'm afraid. She's way above the comparison.

    July 29, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  7. Wisconsin

    here is hoping for Edwards. He is a good man who fights people like McSame for the common person!

    July 29, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  8. Mary Lou

    All the best to Sen.Obama,

    Best wishes from Canada!

    July 29, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  9. prosanto

    Congratulations! I guess it would be either Tim(1) or Evan (2) Both are good decent reliable men. Surely, they will respect the law of the land and and all its people equally. Do these choices have to go to Israel to be blessed by a Rabi for the American Jews could vote for them. I hope they show their independence.

    July 29, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  10. No More Pillows

    Clinton or Edwards, please!

    July 29, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  11. Peter of Oregon

    Obama definitely doesn't shoot from the hip. Everything he does is carefully thought out and deliberate.

    James Joyce wrote: "When you wet the bed first it is warm and then it's cold" – James Joyce

    This is why I hope Barack Obama gets elected President of the United States.

    We've had almost 8 years of a President who likes to wet his bed, but doesn't acknowledge, and often denies when it gets cold.

    We now have John McCain who seems to also have bed wetting tendencies, and seems to forget when the bed got cold, or chooses to focus on how warm it felt, and how good it felt.

    Sure, many things seem like good ideas when you don't give enough time to careful think through the consequences. "Acting first, thinking later" or as some would call "shooting from the hip," is something we can't afford our next President to do. I call it bed wetting, it's something children do... and most of us out grow it....

    some don't...

    July 29, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  12. AK in LA

    I feel so much better that the fate of my country is in Carolyn's hands. whew

    July 29, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  13. Michelle, PA

    Unfortunately for Hillary, Obama cannot pick her because of Bill. he might win the election more handily with an Obama/Clinton ticket, but you cannot have two Presidents at the same time without a weak and poisoned Administration. And if Bill couldn't shut up and sit down for the sake of his own wife's candidacy, do you really think he'll do so with access to the Oval Office again? If Hill had ditched Bill......but it's not meant to be.

    That said, I am refusing to speculate further. I feel the choice is Brack's and his alone, and will speak volumes about who he is, what he stands for, and what sort of people he will surround himself with in an Obama Administration. Here's hoping for a solid judgment call!

    July 29, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  14. Kevin

    Mccain's best hope should be that Obama chooses him as his running mate.

    July 29, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  15. DEBBY, NJ

    I'm going to ask this again...did anyone see McShame's teeth fall out on Thursday of last week ????

    July 29, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  16. Bridgette-PA

    Please,Please,Please let it be Kathleen Sebelius!


    July 29, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  17. Steve

    Maybe Obama can pick David Copperfield since his whole campaign is an illusion.

    July 29, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  18. EBC

    This is a sign that things are moving along beautifully. Hummm, I wonder who... who the lucky winner is.

    July 29, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  19. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Bill Richardson.

    July 29, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  20. Patrick Henry, Ft. Myers

    I'm curious if the chief and his protege will include a vision to reduce the stranglehold the federal government has on all aspects of our lives?

    Would also love to see some reduction in the income tax–and the under the radar taxes like fuel, energy, telecom, utilities, airwaves.

    July 29, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  21. LatinosforMcCain

    Yes it starting that OBAMA is going down the polls, Latinos wake up and smell the coffee OBAMA is not for the Latinos. Latinos can smell a RAT (RATA) in Obama. John McCain will win the big states. That is right he is going to win PA, MI, MN, NH, that is 4 Blue states going RED!!! don't be surprice if he win CA. McCain win win easy all the South states including VA. It looks like a landslide.

    Latinos for McCain!!!!

    July 29, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  22. Dwight

    i will vote for Obama's better judgement over McCains bad experiences any day.
    not to mention 8 years of Brown nosing to Bush policies.

    OBAMA 08 !

    July 29, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  23. ProudToBeDemocrat

    Thanks God now we can rest from the media talking about V.P for the last two month. I hope they shut up now.

    July 29, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  24. benvictor

    As a Hillary Democrat, I will NOT support the democratic ticket, no matter who the VP is. I voted for Hillary here in Virginia, and I am disgusted with this party. Now as part of John's silent majority, we wait patiently for November to arrive.

    July 29, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  25. Jim in Orlando

    And maybe John Edwards was really sneaking out of a meeting with Obama in the wee morning hours in CA. Yeah ! That's it ! That's "the ticket"!

    Shame on CNN.

    July 29, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
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