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. suzyq-philadelphia


    July 29, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. John, Pennsyvlania

    I'm for Kathleen Sebelius - she may not be able to deliver Kansas' electoral votes, but she might help in neighboring Missouri - especially the Kansas City media markets. And, she'll play great in Ohio - her father was governor there. I just hope he doesn't pic a boring white guy.

    July 29, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. kelly WI

    Like he said he will choose someone who will tell him what to do as he doesn't know anything himself, aside from raise taxes, have the market collapse and business lay off, move out or close up.
    Then we'll hear the squealing from the "kids".
    He'll be leaving 60,000 to 100,000 troops in Iraq and sending the others to Afghanistan. He is getting squishier on the troop withdrawal every day. Of course there will be troop withdrawal over time no matter who is pres. According to CONDINTIONS on the ground, in agreement with Iraqs gov.
    Keep up to date with the Rocky Mtn News on protesters in Denver.
    That convention will be a hoot. Today anarchists are trying to extort 50 million from the city. Ha. Oh these liberals. lol

    July 29, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Neilla from Eagan

    Hillary! Please!

    July 29, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Steve

    Obama won't pick Hillary. Get over it. He needs someone with experience. Picking the china patterns for the White House banquets, and ignoring her husband's recreational activities is not experience, no matter what Hillary says. Hillary has proven herself to be innefectual. She tried to push through a healthcare system during her husband's administration, and failed miserably. She tried to run a campaign and failed miserably. In fact, she wouldn't even be a Senator, if the Clinton machine hadn't pulled a fast one on the New York electorate. Ask a New Yorker what she's actually done for New York.

    We need someone as VP who can make a positive difference as a member of Obama's team. We need a VP who will be a part of the President's agenda, not fighting against it. We need a VP who will provide experience and judgement, and not throw a tantrum every time he or she doesn't get their way. That is NOT Hillary.

    July 29, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. M.S. Indiana

    wohoo, we got the puma people out... thought republicans was tired of playing democrats... guess they will never end their lies...

    Obama will pick the right VP, he will pick the right people period, for the white house and beyond...

    Hail the Chief Obama

    Hey Puma, why not vote for Ron Paul, he is more like Hillary then McCain could dream about.. know there are a lot of people going to vote for him, esp conservatives and religious freaks

    July 29, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Mark Ramsey MD Milwaukee WI

    Please pick Hillary Clinton, Senator Obama. She has all the characteristics you are describing. She remains the top choice of over 40% of the party for the nomination. Please make the move that will bring us all together. You have the ability the unite the new with the old, to bring along the rest of the party with you on this quest for change. But I am afraid choosing someone else will just leave them bitter and indifferent. Please unite the party. Please choose Clinton.

    July 29, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Oregon here

    People beware of the traveling circus that calls itself McCain supporters.


    Obama 08 😉

    July 29, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Wolfman

    I really do not think Obama is going to make much of a difference. After all he has his hands deep in the pockets of the invest banks and the insurance industry.
    We need Dennis Kucininch for president. He was the only one talking about the working poor and a LIVABLE wage. The environment. True universal healthcare. Truly affordable post secondary education. Bringing the tax code back to what it should be, a progressive tax code. And I could go on. Dennis is a true progressive person. And that is what this country needs to bring us back to a better standing within the world community!

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

    It is nice that Mr. Obama is vetting VPs but when will Mr. Obama be vetted and who will take on the challenge.

    The DNC has chosen a nominee who is untested and has not been vetted by anyone. With a cloud of mystery surrounding Mr. Obama’s entire life, one must wonder who this man is and what he is trying to hide.

    July 29, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Nina

    Why has no one reported about John Edwards cheating on his sick wife?

    July 29, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Chris, PENN

    The media has been asking this question for months now and I'm here to help out with the answer. The media has been asking why...with all the publicity, the buzz, the media support, the money, the great speeches and the world photo op tour is Obama still not running away with a lead in the poll against Mccain?

    The answer is simple: John Mccain is very reason why Obama does not have a bigger lead in the polls. You see, to get attention, a buzz, the wow factor and the publicity...all you need are theatrics, noise, bells, whistles, well scripted words, a shinning created image and bigger then life staged show. This Obama has accomplished. However, to get respect and a sense of relation to regular voters, you need time, experience, character and a proven integrity track record. This is something Mccain has that Obama can never obtain via publicists and marketing campaigns. Its simple really....voters knows a commercial when they see one.

    July 29, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Olivia

    Hillary Clinton is the only one who can help Obama win in Nov.

    Reason? It has become obvious to anyone who watch Obama regularly that he has become and probably always have been........a back-slapping, huggy-touching, swaggering, arrogant, palsy-walsy, overconfident, over-ambitious, impatient representative of people like myself.
    He may have unique qualities to offer this country, as some believe, but he sure seem to be going over the top to achieve credibility.

    July 29, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. norma - Wisconsin

    I think its wonderful that Barack has chosen another inexperienced, daughter of a legendary President, who has no experience other than being raised in the White house as a child, to be a considered member of a two-member committee to help him choose his running mate. How "new" and "inexperienced" is that. Did he think that because we all loved the Kennedys that this is an honorable thing to do. What in the world (other than her college degree) would she know who would be the best person to be a vice president.

    This country dug a whole for themselves when they made Obama the nominee. Had things been not so one-sided in the media (just as it was recently with Obama in Europe) Hillary would have been the nominee, and she would not have needed a "committee" to help her choose her running mate. This has all been a travesty, and we will end up being the losers. Whether we vote for Obama, or McCain, its the lessor of two evils. Hate has destroyed countries before, and the hate the bloggers showed for Hillary will come back to haunt them.

    July 29, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. Jonmann

    Once and for all get over the fact that HRC will not be picked for the VP job. This will be no fault of her own. The problem is not Hillary, it is the baggage of Bill Clinton. If you recall an earlier speech from Mr. Obama, he mentioned that there can only be one president in the WH at a time. Does this tell you something about why he can not pick Hillary.

    Can someone please explain or define experience as it relates to running for the office of president of the USA? General Clarke took a lot of heat simply by saying that being in the military does not necessarily qualify you to be president. He is correct. There are two issues that need be considered if you are a McCain fan. While in the military was he ever in the position of leadership of more than a handful of people and did he make decisions that would affect others and at the same time impact our military position or affect another country? The second point is this, the military is not a democracy, you do not vote on issues, therefore you do not get opposing views. How does that in anyway qualify anyone to be president.

    Experience is a great thing, but final decisions are what we have to live with. Knowledge does not necessarily breed Wisdom, nor does Experience necessarily breed good decision making. Ask yourself this question, upon all of the alledged experience Sen. McCain has, why did he vote to go to Iraq, and why did he say that it would be easy and it would be over very quickly? Is this an example of experience trumps decision making prowess?

    Finally, yes Sen. Obama wants to be a change agent when in office, but he has to use the system in its current form to get to that office.

    Are you feeling me people???????

    July 29, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Amy

    Barack Obama – Presdient
    Sam Nunn – Vice President

    July 29, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Michael Shea

    I don't know much about the Governor of Virginia. Like Obama he is fairly new to the national scene.. However Kaine would probably put Virginia in the Obama column.

    Most pundits don't thing the VP matters. However I believe it does. It helps solidify undecided or leaning voters. Geographically, it can balance the ticket . If the presidential candidate is perceived in experienced in a certain policy area the right VP can make a difference.

    I personally belive that if JFK hadn't chosen LBJ for VP. Kennedy would have lost Texas and the election.

    My personal choice is Joe Biden for VP; Bill Richardson for Secretary of State; John Edwards for Attorney General; Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense; Mike Shea for Secretary of Labor; Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton for HUD Secretary, Warren Buffett for Secretary of Treasury; Dennis Kucinich for Secretary of Commerce and Hillary Clinton as White House Secretary( She could give tours of the white house and she knows where all the bathrooms are at).

    July 29, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. Shelly Lee

    He should do what Jesus would do! Hillary has earned the right!
    Please just do it, so I can finally get excited again about this race.
    No Hillary, No Me

    July 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. vjh

    I hope he chooses Hagel.

    July 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Retired Veteran from New York City

    A sure winning ticket for Senator Obama will be the following:

    Obama-Hagel: Will cruise thru like a cool breeze even with Independant voters. No more of these nonsenses about Patriotism

    Obama-Biden: Will silence McCain Camp about all these speculations about Foreign Policy credential

    Obama-Sam Nunn: He's an older Gentleman but he can deliver Georgia State along with a host of Foreign Policy expertises

    Obama-Sibelius: Could boost the margin of all the Crazy White women that Hillary was talking about along with some good Economic sound judgment.

    All the rest of them Fools, they can strenghtening the Cabinet by holding some key important post.

    For all these people talking about No Hillary No vote, you're nothing but a fool because Hillary is like John McCain, same old Washington insiders that steer this great Nation on the wrong track like we are today. Please think about the future of America before you talk.

    July 29, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Jimmy P

    What a get together of burn-out, ex-hippies and anarchists.

    July 29, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Kay

    Gov. Tim Kaine will do just fine. The devisiveness among NY Dems brought Hillary Clinton to NY. It is the same spirit of contention that is keeping Kaine ahead of Clinton in the veep stakes. Kaine and Obama is close in age but Virginia will be purple enough to be blue if Kaine is on the ticket. Kaine may also give Obama clout with the defense industry based in Virginia. So be it!

    July 29, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Sweetie

    Obama's words, "I'm going to want someone with integrity."

    That leaves him out!

    Vote for someone we can count on!

    McCain 08

    July 29, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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