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. mel

    Hope it will be kathleen of kansas or Hillary and Edward atty
    general, secty of state Wesley Clark

    July 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. Christian

    Anyone EXCEPT for Hillary Clinton or Chris Dodd would be just fine.
    We don't need the wife of a president to weaken the ticket and we don't need a faceless, boring loser. I hope to god he chooses one of the following. Any one of them would be perfect:

    Wesley Clark
    John Edwards
    Joe Biden
    Tim Kaine
    Dick Gephardt
    Caroline Kennedy

    Yeah, I know Caroline has no experience but she's a Kennedy so America would forgive her for it. And I'm sure she's equipped to cast the tie breaking Senate vote. Let's not make to much of the VP job...

    July 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. marty from Indiana

    I hope he will consider Evan Bayh. His morals and integrity are above reproach. He was the youngest governor ever elected in Indiana. He was a terrific governor. And he has been an outstanding senator for our state. The people of Indiana has tremendous love and respect for him. He has been on many important senate committees and has travels extensively. He has presidential asperations. He has a wonderful wife and children. He would be a real hard working vp who would have no problems sharing his opinions with Obama. He might also win a few Clinton supporters to the fold. I'm sure he would carry Indiana for Obama.

    July 28, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Clinton/McCain

    McCain is leading in a new national poll by 4 points!!!!!! There is a God.

    July 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. Democrat

    I hope you chose Senator Biden

    July 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. Devon Spencer

    I think Joe Biden would be the best pick for Senator Obama. He has demonstrated that he is a tough politician that knows the issues and will bring a lot of foreign policy to the table which would be a slap in the face for John McCain.

    July 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. White-African American Military BRAT

    Caroline Kennedy should be VP

    July 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. sad

    I know Obama will make the right decision regarding choosing the best VP, just as he has made the right judgment calls in other issues.

    OBAMA '08

    July 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. Dave

    Biden please.

    July 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  10. Griff

    It is Borack Obama, who needs to be Vetted....

    July 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. Paula Hussein Mack

    oooh it is truly exciting! I wish he would pick Colin Powell.. what a great team they would be! If not Joe Biden is a great choice too!

    July 28, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  12. Jim C, GA

    Doesn't matter who Obama picks, the Dems won't get my vote for the first time in 35 years.

    A non-racist black man in GA

    July 28, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    And, how, could this be considered news? Oh, your sponsors must be beside themselves!

    July 28, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  14. win55

    Hope VP is not Bill Richardson as if it is I will not vote for Obama. He is too pro illegal immigration.

    July 28, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. hans

    I hope he doesn't think a running mate is someone to run on the track with. After all he thought going to the gym in Germany was more important than visiting the wounded troops. You have to say he does make it perfectly clear where his priorities are. A little disturbing wouldn't you say?

    July 28, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  16. Philly Abe

    I hope he names Dick Cheney. I just cant get enough of that guy.

    July 28, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. Joanne Urish

    Dear Senator Obama,


    Joanne Urish
    Glasford, IL 61533

    July 28, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  18. hans

    I hope he doesn't think a running mate is some one to run with on the track. After all he did decide to go to the gym instead of visiting the wounded troops. You have to say he does make his priorities very clear. A little disturbing don't you think?

    July 28, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. Republican's shocking national debt

    Republicans shall be held responsible for our beloved nation's huge national debt.

    conservatives have misspent our tax dollars

    July 28, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  20. Tjaye in LA

    Wouldn't it be funny if they were just having lunch to take a mental break from the campaign and all the media was just jumping like fish.

    July 28, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. Please Let it Be Biden!

    Dear Jesus,

    Please let Obama choose Biden. I want to see Biden kick butt and take names during the fall V.P. debates. Please, Lord!

    July 28, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  22. eam


    July 28, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. William Huggins

    I've been a lifelong Republican, but this year is different and I will cast my vote for Obama.
    I feel we are on the verge of something big.

    July 28, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. SUE

    I wil never vote for OBAMA..He last on my list...

    I would never vote for OBAMA..TEXAS vill not vote for OBAMA..IT HILLERY FOR v.p. are no vote for OBAMA

    July 28, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. susie

    Is it going to be John Edwards? Probably not, after he was spotted coming out of an L.A. hotel early in the morning.

    July 28, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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