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. Ron M.

    The only thing that will secure my vote is for him to choose Hillary. If he does not then I have decided not to vote for president this time around. I'll vote for my local and state offices but that will be it. I may even write her in! And you can be sure I won't be alone in this.

    July 28, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. California Gold

    This capsulizes the difference between these candidates:

    Obama has media speculating based on movements of key people, There is anticipation and expectation of information. Hints are scoured for. The only thing Candidate Obama intimates is the decision will be made "soon enough".

    McCain baited the media with the possibility of a VP announcement and there was no interest.

    July 28, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Time For Change

    Time to come home from Iraq!
    Time for a better Economy!
    Time for lower Gas Prices!
    Time for better Healthcare!
    Time for better Education!
    Time for a better Environment!

    TIME FOR OBAMA!!!!!!!!

    July 28, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. NG in DC

    Think he just described Hillary Clinton - someone with independence, not afraid to stand up to him, and the same vision for the country. Politics in Washington will never change. Get over that one.

    Obama/Clinton or bust!

    July 28, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Bob

    since obama is a socialist he probably going to pick a communist.

    July 28, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Change We Can Believe In


    Loved by Americans!
    Loved by Europeans!
    Loved by All!!!!!

    July 28, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. Proud American

    America is behind you Obama. I'm sure whatever your choice it will be a profound one.
    Obama '08

    July 28, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. non-white & non-black person

    GO , Kathleen Sebelius!

    July 28, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. Republicans For Obama

    I've always voted Republican, but Bush has made me sick!!! McSame is even worse!!!

    I"m voting Democrat for the first time in my life, and I'm glad that Democrat is Barrack!!!!!!

    July 28, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. Ken, LA California

    Please pick me, unfortunately im not a politician but I share your views of where the country should go. I pray for you that you get a good VP.

    July 28, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. James

    Obama says “I'm going to want somebody with integrity"

    I guess that leaves out anyone from the Clinton Clan.

    July 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. Marina

    I think Joe Biden would make a great VP! He's strong on foreign policy, he has tenure, and he's well known. I can see the two of them together. What would McCain say about that....huh? He'd know he's in a tough spot if he doesn't realize already.

    I like Senator Reed, Dodd, and Gov. Richardson also.

    July 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. EDW

    Obama please get some rest this week!!!!

    Dems '08

    July 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Billy. LA

    Well, CNN here you go again. Of the first 7 articles on today's Ticker (as of 6:21 CST), 5 are pro Obama, 1 is about McCain's mole and 1 about McCain on oil which you immediately criticize in the article.

    What is the point? Why not just advertise yourselves as "Obama Central."?

    Anyone who is so biased as CNN and MSNBC just can't be believed.

    July 28, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. Noah

    I think Obama has to pick Hillary...

    July 28, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. Nobama

    who cares ?

    I am heading to costa Rica after voting if USA gets a puppet president.

    July 28, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. Eric

    Sen McCain is soon to follow.

    July 28, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. Doug

    Eddie Vetter has an office building?

    July 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  19. Libs be dopes

    Obama/Edwards 2008!


    July 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. gotcha

    WHO CARES?????

    July 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. NW

    Good job Senator, we're here for you all the way where America needs to be this 21st century. Move on.....

    July 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. ClintonDems4Cynthia08

    oh brother~!! Jon Stewart was right. It is our job tomake fun of this guy! LOSER!!!! voting Green instead. REAL liberals. Not phonies!

    July 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Long time Democrat maybe no more

    This should be simple – if he doesn't ask Hillary to join the ticket I am going to vote for McCain!

    July 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. VP

    how much of public-funds has Obama been spening on photo-ops ?

    Big media folks had a nice 9-days of glitz and glamor on Obama aeroplane, must be having a hangover. Pain in hip is just part of hangover. take it easy, this guy knows how to fool around Americans.

    July 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. Josh In Ohio

    He needs Hillary......

    July 28, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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