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. Carla

    Pick Hillary Please, Biden is OK too, but I much prefer Hillary.

    July 29, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. Independant Voter

    No one with integrity, experience, independence or judgement would want to be Obama's VP.

    July 29, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. johnny d

    Obama will surely lose.....Hillary, Kane, whoever. Pride goeth before destruction...I cannot wait to see his concession speech..."People of the World", Who is he? the antichrist....

    July 29, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Doug

    If unification is the goal, it should apply to the entire country, not just to the Democratic party. If we'd want to see bi-partisanship and progress, then the pick for VP needs to reflect that.

    I've always liked both Joe Biden and Chuck Hagel, one a Democrat and one a Republican. But both are reasonable men, say what they feel regardless of the polls and are willing to listen to all points of view whether they agree or not.

    Biden is a little too cantankerous, but he should be in a high-level cabinet post dealing with foreign affairs.

    I think Hagel would make a good president, so I think Obama should choose him.

    We should move past Democrat vs Republican, conservative vs liberal, adn move toward a more enlightened approach to our national affairs.

    So Obama/Hagel would be a great combo. McCain couldn't carry their water.

    July 29, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. Karina

    Democrats will take the White House with Obama and Hillary on the same ticket, period. Anyone else as his pick would be handing it all over to the the Republicans, and their strategy from the beginning, would have been a success. Hillary was their main fear. Republican cross-party voters got her out of the way by voting for Obama. Now the last leg of their agenda is in the works, finishing off Obama. I have said, that Obama's delay in picking Hillary, is going to cost him but I will also say that if he is dumb enough to select anyone other than Hillary now, he will be doomed.

    July 29, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. Phil in KC

    He'd better hurry if he's going to beat the Olympics and get some news cycles out of it. I guess he could time it right between the Olympics and the convention, but that doesn't give him much time.
    I read Tim Kaine's name in a previous post. That name just popped up last night on CNN. A bit of a surprise.

    July 29, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. Old Stradlater

    Sweeeeeeet Caroline. From Neil Diamond's lips to God's ears.

    July 29, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  8. Mark Cross Junction VA

    As a resident of Virginia, America would be in a rude awakening to have this idiot join another idiot. He has destroyed the Virginia economy, weak on crime, taxes on top of taxes, and just plain clueless.

    July 29, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |

    McCain is up +4 among "likely" voters. 1) where and who are these people? and 2) do the people in these polls count?

    This is crazy!

    July 29, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  10. AL

    How come CNN is not reporting on the McCain fundraiser/supporter who just got fined $1.3 Mil for dealing under the table with the ex-Haitian President. The two of them stole about $20 Mil from that poor country and its citizens. So McCain threw him under the bus before this hit the News.... The lawsuit was filed in Miami, Florida.

    He is the owner/president of ADT. His name James .... if CNN wants the lawsuit, I have all 75 pages of it.

    July 29, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  11. SaneTexan

    Barack is a big phoney. McCain is not a viable choice. Carolyn Kennedy and Bill Richardson are traitors to the moderate Democrats and jump on any train that has a little steam. The DNC and the media screwed up big time by pouncing on Hillary in favor of this arrogant snot. After a disaster like Bush...we get these two bozos?

    July 29, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  12. Florida Democrat

    If Obama selects anyone other than Clinton my vote goes to McCain and so do the votes of at least a dozen others I know. We want him to aknowledge the other 50% of the Democratic votes. If he does then he will have proved that he wants party unity and we will get behind him.

    July 29, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. Debby

    Other than Hillary he has a weak field but they say they don't elect by the VP candidate anyway.

    July 29, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  14. Irma in North Carolina

    Hillary would be a good choice, if there wasnt Bill around, and I think she realizes this. Now all you Hillarys suporters who say they are going to vote for Mccain, please stop being so childish and stupid, that you cannot see four more years of Mccain is just four more years of Bush. Another factore is that you are all being racits, but you wont admit it.

    July 29, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. Joyce in Florida


    July 29, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  16. rachel

    Barack, I am not a supporter do what ever you want but your choice will clarify for me if you are out to prove a point or do what's best for the country.

    July 29, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  17. TerryDo--PumaPac

    Who cares who Obama picks for his vice-president, there is only one true democratic leader to win the presidency and that will be
    Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Come and join us in Denver, when the delegates will overwhelming vote for H.R. Clinton..

    July 29, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  18. Jozee

    As long as it ain't Hillary!

    Tim Kaine would be an excellent choice, but I don't think he will be the one. My choice would be Joe Biden but we need him in the senate, also.

    GO OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    July 29, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  19. check and checkmate

    Barack, you are comming off as a presumtious candidate you are not the President yet! I should add without Hillary Clinton no matter how much your base slanders her and I do remember the brushing off the lint speech, you showed your arrogance. Mainstream voters are looking for a President that has some prodictable element on all bases, not and angle on after burners which you come off as.
    McCain, can win because we have that sence of knowing him all he needs is more middle of the road moderation in VP choice and Cabinet and you are finished like Dewey and Truman think about it time is running out tick, tick, tick.

    July 29, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  20. NO GE

    GE is a bonehead. Diane Feinstein would be a rediculous choice. All she brings to the table is Califiornia which always votes Democratic anyway. Clinton will give Obama Forida and Ohio. Besides with almost half of the Democrats voting for her in the primary, to not pick her would be a slap in their faces and could cost him the election.

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

    Lately we hear how the media's affair with Obama is over, which is just as well. The media don't tell me how to think–unless I allow it.

    I think that as more and more folks continue to refine their own criticial thinking skills, their love affair with the media will lessen as well.

    Here's to all free thinkers.

    July 29, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. Lucas, Nashville TN

    To the "former Obama supporter":

    You need to check and see who is REALLY knocking on your door. It may be any number of entities not working for the campaign, but dropping the name. You should not blame the campaign, for example, if the DNC sends contracted fundraisers to your door.

    July 29, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  23. Joi

    I don't think Hillary would want to be VP and I'm confident that Obama will make the right choice in whoever he chooses to run with!

    Go Obama!!!!

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

    Anyone but Hillary!

    July 29, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. TheOutsideLookingIn

    With the "energy crisis" and the "state of our planet" being VERY central issues to this presidential campaign AND to MANY policies on all levels AFTER the election, AL GORE would not be a bad choice as VP.

    His work has garnered huge public attention AND he turns out to be right on most issues as well as his recognition world wide as a Nobel prize-winner, he'd make an excellent VP choice.

    Not to mention his vast knowledge and respect he now comands almost everywhere he goes. AL GORE speaks and people actually do listen AND don't see him as some self-serving politician.

    Albeit this ellectuion is for the US Presidency BUT its impact and far-reaching effect is going to be felt the world over. More now than EVER before.

    Obama/Gore !!

    July 29, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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