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.

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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. Irene

    ..........OBAMA / CLINTON.........a WINNING TICKET!

    The qualities Barack Obama wants in his VP candidate speak: HILLARY CLINTON!

    If he could no longer be President, America would STILL be in excellent and extremely competent hands!

    July 29, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Bobby

    I hope whomever he picks, can be trusted and has the same visions he has for our great country!!!!

    G.O.M.A.B. for OBAMA 2008

    July 29, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Janet

    I am confident whoever he picks will be a wise decision as all his decisions are. He knows what he wants and who will make the best team to enhance his presidency. On to bigger and better things with President Obama!
    OBAMA 2008 !!!!!

    July 29, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. mike

    NO Hillary
    NO Florida vote from me

    July 29, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Chuck, Euigene Oregon.

    This was yestedays news, why is it a headliner now.

    July 29, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. JJ

    Leave this man alone. Geez! The man can't even walk into someone's office without getting bombarded. He will announce his VP when he's ready. Constantly hammering him on the issue will not get an answer out of him. Go bother and hammer John McCain and see who he's picking.

    July 29, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. texas girl

    please please please do not pick clinton!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Ed

    Hillary would be a great pick! What a ticket!
    One a flip-flopper. The other couldn't find the Rose Law Firm records on her living room coffee table.

    Go – Operation Chaos!!

    July 29, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Wendy W.

    Last paragraph is the description of all the qualities Hillary stand's for.Get it over with and put her on the ticket...unite the party and let's move onward and upward to win the race. Without her, Obama is a sinking ship.

    July 29, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Anyone but Hillary for VP

    Hillary is self-serving fraud. She would be a terrible choice. Bayh, Biden, Kaine or any of the others would be much better.

    July 29, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. Ron from Boston

    It is funny how Hillary supporters want to demand that she is on the democratic ticket. Do they not know this hurts her cause more than helps it. Imagine if Hillary won the delegates to be nominated and Obama did not. I bet my undervalued house that these same supporters would have a fit if Obama supporters said she better pick him or else. They would say what the nerve who is he to demand something when he lost. Does he want some kind of special "Wink" "Wink' treatment. Do not get me wrong I think Hillary would be a great choice and all but ensure a victory. However, did you eat your vegetables when your parents demanded it of you or did you moan and groan and eventually stuff it in a napkin and throw it away?

    July 29, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. georgia

    Just don't feel pressured into choosing Billary which would defeat what the Obama campaign has been about not to mention not being able to trust her or Bill (or Chelsea ,lol) AT ALL ,EVER !!!! He's been supported w/o HRC & we will continue to do so thru 2016 !!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. Gro from Norway

    Not Hillary Clinton!!!

    July 29, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. Accountant Guy

    Would love to see Edwards as his VP choice!! I have faith he will make a wise decision!

    July 29, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. jawahar rajan

    Obama / Collin Powell 2008 to 2016


    July 29, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. acme manufacturing

    Barack, your such a super genious why haven't you figured out ITS HILLARY or YOU LOOOOZZZZ.!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. annu

    If Obama wants to be the next President he has to choose Hillary or he will not win. This is a 100 percent gurrantte

    July 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. BC

    Well I know one thing if those PUMA do not vote- Hillary will never get another chance when if comes back around.

    July 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. Marie Canada

    Not only will the Vice President be important but the candidate's cabinet should also be named so America can see what they can expect to get for the next 4 years.

    John McCain has nothing to draw from other than Bush cronies, the likes of Phil Gramm and his Lobbyist friends who are running his campaign. Don't forget McCain's campaign has been a joke up until now so if these are some of his proposed cabinet the joke will be on America!

    July 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Qwerty

    Don't you just love all the pictures of Obama being transported in a big old SUV. Typical liberal hypocrite... DC will look more like Beijing when he gets done; smog and all.

    July 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Just Observing

    While the media was following Obama on his trip and painting him up to be a great foreign policy expert, why didn't they (including CNN) report that before his big Berlin speech there was a free concert with 2 popular German bands along with free bratwurst, free pizza and free beer? That's the only reason the crowd was so large. The media is so in the tank for Obama it's sickening

    July 29, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. clark

    Hillary has too much baggage..i.e...her own agendas as to "what to do and how to do it" for Obama to be an effective president. Anyone who thinks "it's her or no one else" really doesn't have a clue. Obama appears to have a lengthy list of qualified people who would work well with him and work to do something we've not had in this country in a long time which is to engender a true sense of optimism and hope that we can overcome our differences and difficulties without calling each other names and/or insulting each other.

    July 29, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. Bill from ALabama

    To prove my point : Obama article_winning looks promising,with Obama smiling. McCain Article: My health is fine,and nothing to worry about.

    July 29, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. Wisconsin Vet

    I wonder if the GOP has buckets of mud in wait for who ever BO picks?

    July 29, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. Peggy Robson

    He needs Hillary, but does Hillary need him? I don't think so.

    July 29, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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