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. Unify this..

    Hmm, I am more interested in who McCain chooses, if it is a pro-choice republican the main argument for people who try to use the Roe vs. Wade argument to emotionally blackmail democrats that don't like Obama goes out the window.....now that will be interesting.

    July 29, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. gecasano

    anyone, Obama is fine himself

    July 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Frantz from Atlanta

    Tim Kaine or Evan Bayh. No Hillary!

    July 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    he'll pick his VP when he's told who to pick. Obama doesn't think for himself...heck listen to him talk...he sounds great ONLY when he's answers are written out for him...listen to him talk without a prompter, tons of mistakes, lots of 'ums' and no real answers.

    July 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. gecasano

    honestly Edwards has more heart than any candidate....hillary is fake
    Obama sometime has heart

    July 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Brian

    The people that won't vote for Obama if Clinton isn't on the ticket make me laugh. If you're not going to vote for him because you're bitter and mad that Clinton lost the election that's your call. Clinton wasn't cheated out of the election, the media didn't make people vote for Obama. People make their own choices, we're not all mindless robots like you'd think.

    If you want to go vote for McCain like the PUMA's are that's fine, go watch your social security get squandered by the GOP. Go watch more tax cuts as the government continues to spend uncontrollably, while using our Chinese Visa card. I mean seriously, you people need to grow up. The world doesn't revolve around just your vote or Hillary Clinton. Maybe just maybe, there are people in this country that don't like the Clintons? Maybe, they want to see a White House with out a Clinton or a Bush in it.

    July 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Susan, TX

    It will not be Hillary, the problem with picking Hillary is what do you do with Bill? He opens his mouth and he's partly the reason for Hillary's loss. Sen. Biden would be an excellent choice for VP since he has deep knowledge in foreign policy. I would like to see him, he doesn't take any bs that is thrown his way.

    July 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. John

    Wake-up folks!!! Obama a fake!! Just because you go on a 8 day trip don't make you a leader over night. Obama will say anything to Trick you out of your vote!! Thank-God a Black leader Jesse Jackson came out of the closet and thinks Obama is not right! If Black people wont listen to thier own Black Leader's that Obama a fake, thier is no hope for them. Obama will sell his soul to the devil him self!!!! I think he already ready did that when Obama and his family went to a Chruch that brain wash your mind with " Dam this Country to Hell".

    July 29, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. VA Democrats For McCain

    Another news organization is reporting Tim Kaine is top of the Obama VP list, what a choice, a do nothing senator picking a do nothing governor who raided $180 million from the Virginia highway trust fund to pay for his pet projects which had nothing to do with transportation and then a month later says he needs $5 billion for roads. What a choice, no foreign policy experience at all between them

    July 29, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Robert from California

    Obama, stop playing the stupid VP game, you know Hillary Clinton is the best candidate for the job, we don't care if you get along with her or now, the country need top leaders to get us out of this mess, with President Clinton experience you also have a great adviser.

    So as a concern american, you need to choose Hillary Clinton if you want my VOTE and 18, 000, 000 other in order to win the white house.

    God Bless America!

    July 29, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Justme WV

    There is no way Sen Obama is describing Hiliary Clinton when he list whats important to him as VP qualities. Picking her would be a political mistake big time. It would feed into what the Republicans wanted all along – a chance to beat up on the Clintons with old rhetoric and old real life drama. Obama doesnt want drama.

    Obama 08 and beyond.

    July 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Independent gray guy

    the GUARANTEED formula for Mccain to win.

    McCain/Hillary for 2008

    July 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Jan

    Does not matter–he will lose in Nov.

    July 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Henry n New York

    Just don't pick Hillary – she spent loads of money she didn't have even when it was clear she would lose the primary. All you Hillary supporters put your money where your mouth or blog is – if she has 18 million supporters then each of you should give her $5.00 to clear up her campaign debt. If you can't do that you need to step to the back.

    July 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Brenda R Styers

    My oppinion on who has more integrity knowedge and willingnes
    to work her socks off is Sen;Hillary Clinton,she has performed for the country much longer than Obama.With her capabilities it should be her and with Bill telling her when she may be wrong how can we loose.

    July 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. myrna diewald il.

    mccain is a few days off from being 72 yrs. old.he has been treated for melanoma 4 times in the past, now having another biopsy. melanoma is like any other kind of cancer, with treatment it may become in remission, which is not a cure and can start growing again anytime in the future and can spread to other vital organs in the body. mccain seems to make light of this cancer but it is serious and it should be his priority instead of running for president.It's also thinking of the good of the country now and for it's future

    July 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Pumas support Depends

    He is not picking Hill, so start your crying now. I hope he picks a woman other than Hill, she is not the olny smArt woman in washington. She is no more qualified than anyone else to be president.

    July 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Praying for America

    Why after all this time are we still at each other about who he should pick for VP. If it is not Hillary I will not vote. PUMA 's can this pay your motgage, can it keep our troops from being killed, can we take this to the grocery store. You are waiting for 2012 to vote for Hillary what shape will the world be in at that time. Vote your economic condition. If you don't vote for Barrack Obama he is going back to Chicago and he will still be rich.

    What will you be?

    July 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. debkansas

    if he doesn't chose Hillary it's over for him as far as I care because I won't give it a second thought to vote for McCain

    July 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Obama all the way

    To all you pumas, remember that if you don't vote for Obama it's not going to hurt him but you; and don't you dare complain if mcbush doesn't help you out. Shame on your arogancy.

    July 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. David Goldman for OBAMA




    July 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Renee

    It is clear by the 18,000,000 votes that Hillary Clinton received that she should given the chance to decide if she wants the position.But, far be it from the mighty Obama to have to listen to what the American people want. No, just never mind those 18 million people, what Obama desires is much more important. He is going to allow his arrogance to ruin the day, and should his choice be anyone but Clinton, he loses my vote.

    July 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. Russ

    The best man for the job is a woman. The democrats have already voted on her, and we all know he can't lose if he picks her.

    July 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Proud to be American

    Obama will pick the right person to be his VP; I think he should just let us know who his cabinet shall be. If he doesn’t win this election (I have faith he will) then it will just show the world that it is not the content of his character, or the policies he is purposing it is just for the color of his skin. I am so over the lack of experience thing…. Look what mess we are in with the last experience President and cabinet… they showed America that they are experience in getting richer and ensuring their friends get richer also… and disregarded the 95% of average Americans that work hard every day to make ends meet and still losing our homes with an economy that is not showing a glimmer of light at the end of this tunnel. I am afraid every time I go across a bridge in this great Country of ours because I fear it clasping … there are too many domestic issues that needs to be taken care of…. Yes health care, infrastructure, economy, education and we do not need McWar in the office. We need the world to support us in cleaning up Bush and Cabinet mess in which it appears it is achievable with Obama…. All I have to say if you like the state of America vote for McCain; if you seriously want change and Respect for America Obama is your man… it is seriously that simple.

    July 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Texas Voter

    The DNC really shafted Hillary. Now Obama supporters expect her to shut up and support them without any questions.

    It's pretty simple, if Obama is elected, Hillary will never be prez.
    If Obama loses, Hillary will be prez in 2012

    July 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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