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. BWM

    John McCain isn't comfortable talking about his faith because he has none. He lost it when he was a POW. This man is a fake. He has more experience because he has been around since Methusala. Maybe he is an atheist. Fair is fair. Obama acused of being a Muslim, which is false. Why can't McCain be an atheist? He declined the Faith conference for a reason. Maybe he is the Anti-Christ?

    July 29, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. Mike

    Who ever it will be, it will certainly be a he and will be white.

    Only room for one black man to make history thanks to Obama's ego.

    July 29, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Michael

    Who cares? No one is going to save him. We learn more and more about this immodest fraud every day.

    July 29, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Cindy Hussein McCain

    Most people already know who they are going to vote for, while there may still be some who don't, VP pick won't sway TRUE supporters.

    It is however troubling that so many people who disagree with McCain on issues like how to handle the economy, woman's issue, the war and the whole list ect, are willing to vote for McCain.

    Obama is not winning in the polls because there are still too many Americans that will not vote for a Black man. Even though our country has changed and evolved to the extent that it has, why do people still consider race? It is ridiculous, we are all Americans.

    July 29, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. larry buchas

    These Hillary or bust remarks are stupid.

    Maybe you prefer Bush III?

    July 29, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. arc, Lugano CH

    It’s a wonder that Hillary voters have now resorted to blackmailing their support to McCain if their candidate isn’t selected as VP. It seems that the policies of their candidate aren’t nearly as important as satisfying their own personal bitter desire to gain a sense of empowerment and acknowledgment.

    May God Bless the ‘Values’ voters of 2004 who brought us GWB and the ’Puma” voters of 2008; as if it’s still a wonder why the rest of the world not only hates the United States, but now laughs at it too.

    July 29, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Jessica

    I have to agree with BC- Puma is only hurting Hillary if they do not vote for Obama and switch party and vote for McCain.

    Because if they do not vote- I will not vote for Hillary when it's her turn.

    What goes around come around

    July 29, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Ted

    I like Obama. I just can't stand all of his radical supporters. Grow up and get a life in the real world.

    July 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    This is getting real tedious. McCain was rolling out a new VP rumor everyday while Barack was out of town, now Barack is going to roll one out everyday.

    July 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Bill from ALabama

    Ps Patty: Obama,for the past 20 years,and up and until the middle of the Primary,Obama surrounded himself and politically supported with "ear marks" three of the most radical individuals in this country. Now ,I ,personally,I think that speaks volumes about Obama's character,his judgement,and his loyalties. You convince yourself of anything you like,but don't ignore the obvious realities of Obama and Michelle!

    July 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. 17 year old future politician

    Kathleen Sebelius, she is great at converting republicans into democrats, thus complimenting Obama's "Uniting America" stance. She is absolutely perfect for our country.

    July 29, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. MyHill

    It's Hillary – only Hillary – nobody but Hillary.

    Hillary – get those Super Delegates to WAKE UP at the convention and become our nominee so we can WIN.

    Obama is an empty suit, completely unqualified with a highly suspect background. He held dual citizenship with Indonesia – which may disqualify him from being POTUS.

    Hillary needs to be PRESIDENT!!!

    Otherwise it's McCain for me. I'm not voting for an ex-muslim, dual citizen who removes the flag on his plane and puts his logo up.

    July 29, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Terri

    NO Clinton

    All the Clinton People are saying they won't vote for Obama and want Hillary in 2012 guess what I as an Obama supporter will sit out the 2012 election is the candidate since I am not "hardworking a hard working white american" I am hard working but wrong color

    Go Obama

    July 29, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    A vote for McCain is a vote for hate.
    A vote for Obama is a vote for hope.

    July 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. A CANUCK

    I don't care who Obama chooses as his running mate.....as long as it ISN'T Hillary Clinton !!! I can't imagine him wanting to share the Oval Office with the Clintons. He would have to hire a food taster !!!!

    July 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Bdiddy from Chicago

    Is it November YET... Somebody wake me up then.....

    July 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. BryanSTL

    No matter what the topic on the political ticker, it seems the conversation always steers to cheesy comments like No-Bama, No-Vote or McSame, or the obligatory "Hillary was cheated, I will vote Republican if she's not on the ticket" comments. She's not going to be on the ticket, so grow up and get over it ya bunch of whining babies. Can we try to stay focused on the topics here? An intelligent discussion about who would be a good pick for McCain or Obama for VP would be nice. Or is the conversation about politics in America limited to name calling and whining? Probably because no one even knows who any of the potential running mates are...

    July 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Dem

    Obama does what is best for Obama. Not whats best for the country. He will not do a debate with McCain because he would lose. As a democrat I and others are going with McCain because he has experience. Obama doesn't know what time of day it is. Maybe in 2012 a dem with experience will run and give us dems someone to support.

    July 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. J

    To Hillary's supporters:

    Please put your money where your mouth's are and go vote for McCain. Those of us who are supporting Obama are tired of all your threats and your whining.

    July 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Tony, Miami

    No Hillary. She and her husband both said repeatedly they will help the nominee and as usual they didn't keep their promise. Let's hope Obama finally see through them.

    July 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. James Hussein, SC

    Flip-Flop flip-flop, SURGE, flip-flop flip-flop, SURGE.

    This is the person sooooo many people want to run our country.

    Traitor, liar, thief, adulterer, and war monger.

    July 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Lisa

    I would like to see Obama try to pull this one off without Hillary on the ticket!

    No Hillary/No Obama

    July 29, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. Chipster

    I would have preferred Hillary at the top of the ticket (look beyond the tabloid trash in the media – she's brilliant and dedicated to public service) but we need her in the Senate if she won't be President. Unlike the Republican Party, Democrats have a long list of highly qualified candidates but it would be best not to remove another Senator. We need their votes in the Senate to help the Democratic President restore sanity, respect, law, and fiscal responsibility to our government

    Richardson would be a great choice but there are many others who will be equally qualified.

    July 29, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. Morgan

    Integrity? Wont that be a welcome change.

    July 29, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. Corey Gillingham

    Obama will not choose Hillary Clinton. Its very clear that he despises her and is completely intimidated by her. She is a very strong woman – a natural leader who is much more intelligent and experienced than him and she would take most of the attention from him. He will not tolerate that inspite of his word of wanting someone who will challenge him. I wish I could say he never tells the truth and that this is another Obama ruse but its so hard to actually piece together WHAT he thinks about anything. He belongs in a pulpit NOT the White House.

    July 29, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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