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. Pat-Pittsburgh

    I have said all along Bill Richardson and I am sticking to it.

    I wouldn't be voting for him unless its Hillary, but I do believe it will be Richardson. Latino vote, foreign policy experience, governing experience, and a used to be friend of the Clintons.

    July 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Bill From Florida

    If he dosen't choose Hillary, SO LONG OBAMA.

    July 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. TPas

    I'm not dying to know.

    trust his judgement.

    July 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Step aside White People...a Brother is going to the White House....and he doesn't need a skank like Hillary to do it. For those of you who think that McCain and his old self has a chance....good luck with that.

    July 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Michael G- Ventura ca

    BIDEN!!!! Or whomever he choses!

    July 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. rw md

    So what's the big deal.
    As most of the economists said the other day on the news
    if Obama get's in Wall Street is going to colapse so what
    does it matter.

    July 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Nalini


    July 29, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Bryan in Indiana

    I was EXTREMELY impressed with Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) after listening to he and Senator Reed on Face The Nation Sunday. One of the few Republican leaders who seems to not want to take pot-shots at Obama and the Democrats but work with them to make this country great again. I think he'd be an excellent choice for VP and a true representation of Obama's desire to reach out across party lines.

    I don't think the "dream ticket" is gonna happen...and I'm not sure if I think it should. I think Hillary would be a VERY effective Secretary of State. She could leverage her relationships to rebuild the reputation that Dubya has so badly shattered.

    July 29, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. demwit

    Put a big yellow hat on Biden and we'll call it a perfect match..

    July 29, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Bulldog

    As long as is not a war-monger I will be happy. Dick Cheney is the worst VP in American history. He needs to be criminally investigated. There is no doubt that Cheney as well as other Bush cronies have committed crimes that deserve nothing less than some jail time.

    July 29, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Matt

    I just can't wait until he raises taxes. I'm not paying enough in taxes and gas isn't nearly hight enough yet.

    July 29, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Lola

    Rev Wright please!

    July 29, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Gwen

    I'm sure he'll do a good job. I have faith in Barack that he hear and listens to the country and knows what problems we are facing. I think John McCain couldn't care less. He's a wealthy D student who has skated by on one unfortunate incident in Vietnam. He wants the country to believe that he's more patriotic than Barack which is silly.

    The Denver Convention should be extraordinary because of the American people’s resolve to take our country back from a buffoon and his flunky John don't-pay-attention-to-what-I-said-10-years-ago-McSame.

    July 29, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Carlos

    the so call PUMA aren't nothing but republicans pretend to be DEMS.
    I would be happy with any of the former DEMS candidate. i think HRC would be great, but too bad she lost... now lets all rally behind our nominee and help the party get back into the WHITE HOUSE. stop all the madness, do you really want 4 to 8 more years of Mcbush polocies 1.1 ???

    July 29, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. "W."= Buffoon.

    He had all the experience in the world. He was a uniter, not a divider, sat on the board of an impressive ball club....etc., etc. WHERE DID THAT GET US –no where. GW was the worst president in modern history...and we want someone with experience? We got someone with so called "experience" and the country's in the toilet. Wake up people.

    Barack has better judgment than McSame. Anybody who literally kisses George W. Bush is a crazy person or senile.

    July 29, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. No Clinton!

    Anyone but Clinton! She would be the worst decision you ever made, and you've been good so far. BTW the reason being when people try to threaten you with "If you don't put her on the ticket I won't vote for you" or the one person who told said you should go back to Africa and be President there (even thought you were born in the US, and Africa is a continent, not a country) just shows that these unintelligent and ignorant people don't deserve the time of day. You vote for who you want, but you're not going to force Clinton on that ticket by threathening the Democratic Party. Sure, he might do better in the polls if she's on there, but at what cost? Some people are just refusing to vote for you for other reasons, so what does it matter? Also, Clinton has a lot of baggage, not to mention she spent the last 5 months bad mouthing everything you did and said. You don't think those clips will end up in commercials? Obama can and will win because if some of you actually read, you'd realize there are many Republicans who are voting Obama, as well as the MAJORITY of the Democratic party, and many Dems who are switching over. So, he doesn't NEED Clinton on that ticket. Besides, he'd have to get a food taster and sleep with one eye open. I wouldn't trust her.

    July 29, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Obama/Edwards '08

    LOL! I haven't looked at comments for a while. It's hilarious to see that people are still taking the fact that Hillary LOST the campaign personally, as though it's Obama's fault, even though she was given points for FL & MI after they were not to count. Senator Obama's recent world tour showed that he has support worldwide. It's really, REALLY time for people to stop acting, voting, and posting stupid stuff in their own interests and act now as Americans. America needs change beyond the physical, and Obama clearly is the one to bring that change to us...whether Hillary is VP or not!

    July 29, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. MCCAIN 08

    Oh please don't pick Hillary. Give those 18 million voters of hers just one more big SLAP in the face so John McCain can seal the deal!


    July 29, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Oregon here

    I am hoping that Obama will pick anyone but another Senator because the Dems need all of the numbers that they have there and then some in order to make things work. Perhaps a House Rep or Gov or maybe even an average person.

    Obama 08

    on another note: Roadside vendors in Oregon are reporting that they have been told that people are being PAID to go across the country telling people not to vote for Obama. I happen to know a couple of these folks and they told them that they had better be careful here in Oregon because this is Demoncrats Country. People beware of the traveling circus that calls itseld McCain supporters.

    July 29, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Carl from MI

    Hey Texas Trail Dog? Hillary's NOT going to be chosen as VP and our country will prosper without her in that position. I doubt that Obama will destroy anything that DUBYA hasn't already destroyed!!! If anything, DUBYA has destroyed the chances of any REPUBLICAN of becoming President for the next 20 years. IT WILL TAKE THAT LONG FOR THE COUNTRY TO FORGET SUCH A DEBACLE AS DUBYA.


    July 29, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. lois

    pick hillary

    July 29, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Bill

    Why is he using Caroline Kennedy? He needs to pick someone to move him and the party back towards the center and away from the far left to bring in the independents. Kaine may be the guy, but he may need someone with a military record and more experience to offset Obama.

    July 29, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Reggie


    July 29, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. joanie

    Obama has to carry the whole ticket himself as there are no nationally known Democratic VP candidates.....he is still new to us and what we THOUGHT he stood for he's actually flipped on (FISA and troop withdrawal)....as much as he hates her I predict the only way he can create a solidly winning ticket-a real "homerun" --is to pick Hillary and unify the Democratic party. Unfortunately I think Obama wants the spotlight too much on himself, and Hillary would steal too much of his thunder, so he'll pick some guy no one's ever heard of West of the Mississippi. Joanie, Amherst MA

    July 29, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. paul oregon

    no hillary most people want someone that is not a whinner. hillary has set womens rights back 25 years. she couldnt run her campain bush couldnt run his country and mccain has only 1 oar in the water

    July 29, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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