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. Tony

    If Obama has any sense at all he will pick Joe Biden for V.P. Biden should have been the nominee, not Obama or Clinton, however the media is to blame for their biased, slanted, narrow-minded reporting.

    Had EVERY candidate been given the same coverage as an ex-POW, a Mormon ex-CEO, a woman, and a biracial man, neither Obama or McCain would be the nominees.

    July 29, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Pat Long Island, NY

    Don't count on him picking Hillary Clinton, because polls so far show he does not need her to win; democrats are rallying around him just on his own. Rather, he needs INDEPENDENTS to win, and it is clear that a Hillary pick will turn off Independents. That said, look out for him to pick someone with great foreign policy experience, military background, governor/former governor, and/or Hagel. My bet is on someone from VA.

    July 29, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Follower

    Any one but Hilly Billy

    July 29, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. William Spivey-Merritt Island, FL

    I am sure BO will make a good choice. He has a lot to choose from.

    July 29, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Darryl of Arlington Texas

    Can someone tell me how many people would you allow to die based on a lie.

    If you know that some one told a lie and that lie caused thousand of men and women to die can you support that man.

    Now this same man allowed banker and the rich to run uncheck that bankrupted a nation.

    How can you support that man?


    July 29, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. Ms. D

    I think Biden or Bayh. But I am strongly for Biden. Biden is more vetted and have more foreign policy and national security experience!!

    I think Obama will choose Biden!!

    July 29, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Annoy the Media, say NO to Obama

    The end of the dream is here folks... not selecting Hillary for VP will mean that Obama's November chances will start to dimininish. Why? Because many of the die-hard Hillary for VP supporters will loose interest and not vote in November (some will actually vote McCain.)

    July 29, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. AliciaM.

    Let's do this . Win Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. Mike

    I hope Obama selects Senator Chuck Hagel as VP. This would ensure victory in November. I know there are several policy differences but that would make Obama a true uniter. It would prove that even if you disagree with someone, you could be united.

    July 29, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Susan

    Pick Hillary for veep! Obama & Hillary will make a strong team!!!

    Obama/Hillary 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. Steve (Independent)

    To me, a VP doesn't matter that much, at least not in regards to elections. Just to be interesting, however, I think he ought to pick Caroline Kennedy to put a woman on the ticket with him. 😉

    July 29, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. Terri

    No way, not Hillary. She's not doing anything to unite the party – just the opposite. And defintely not for the reasons of simply uniting the party. She should be on board because she is a Democrat, why is deveryone pandering to her? Why must she be wooed -what ? did I miss the part where the campaign became a love affair? She might have been the right candidate before all this nonsense coming from her. She needs to change her stance and get on board.

    July 29, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. John


    July 29, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. obama is unfit to be president of this country

    obama = the dumbing of America.

    Do you know that England,France and Germany would NEVER elect obama to run their country. NEVER. Now, why do you think that is.

    July 29, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. jp

    Let's seeeee... you have an ex president's daughter picking your choice for a VP. She really doesn't have the creditials that make me feel good about that. But ok... she chooses Kline... ok... do that and you for sure will lose this election. Some people are chosen to lead and others are chosen to participate then sit on the sidelines. See ya on the sideline Obama.

    July 29, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. Elizabeth

    As long as Obama does not choose Hillary! If he does, I definitely would not vote!

    July 29, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. Unity

    The only way we can fix this mess our country is in is with UNITY OF VOTES.




    July 29, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. Phil-Little Rock

    Come on, CNN. I'm a big fan of this network and all but, this is just stirring the pot a little bit. It's not a secret that at some point, he HAS to pick a VP, so why all the drama about it? Report something else, like how these PUMA/Hillary fanatics are going to cost the Democrats the election.

    GO OBAMA!!

    July 29, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. William, from Cali!

    I will be glad, when this "whole masquerade of an election process" is over, and the "real people" take "real respondsibility" for their own action or non-action, on the "real concerns" of this Nation. Now, that will be a welcomed day, one to be truly proud of........................Just hoping!

    July 29, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  20. Nick

    I like how every VP contender Obama meets with is always his "top pick for VP." Way to go, CNN.

    Obama/Richardson '08

    July 29, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  21. McCain Lies!

    Anyone but Hillary! Can't do her. Other than that I trust your judgement Obama, you haven't been wrong on anything so far.

    July 29, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  22. Deb

    These PUMA's need to give it a break. Whine, whine, whine because Hillary did not get the nod. Please. There is no way you vote for John McCain if you originally supported Hillary's ideals. The are two worlds apart.

    July 29, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  23. Nobody Asked Larry But...

    Barack Obama has three choices: Joe Biden, Joe Biden, Joe Biden.

    July 29, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. Sane John

    It's hilarious that people are so crazy that they think "Your comment is awaiting moderation" is a clear sign of CNN censorship, liberal bias, conservative bias, proof that "THE MAN" doesn't want their words heard, etc. CNN gets thousands of posts to sort through, and they actually try to moderate their boards, and some stuff just doesn't make the cut. If you idiots (on both sides) would actually look through the comments, you'd see plenty of stuff on every political blog story, sane and insane, from all sides of a given political issue. Including posts from people breathlessly proclaiming that CNN "won't post" whatever they just posted.

    Get a grip.


    July 29, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. KMAN


    "What is this word "vetter" and what English dictionary does it appear in?"

    Vet: To examine closely. Vetter: One who vets.

    Try MSWord!

    July 29, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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