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. NoBamaEVER

    Here's some intersting info for Democrats:

    A little over one year ago:
    1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
    2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon; (the Dem’s were going to “fix” this, remember?)
    3) the unemployment rate was 4.5%.

    Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we have seen:

    1) Consumer confidence plummet;
    2) the cost of regular gasoline soar to over $3.50 a gallon;
    3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
    4) American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fund losses);
    5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars;
    6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.
    7) The value of the U.S. dollar has plummeted.

    America voted for change in 2006, and we got it!
    But wait-let's put the blame on Bush....or any other republican...

    McCain 2008

    July 28, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Gerald

    Obama/Sebelius 08!!!!! or
    You know what...it really doesn't matter
    McSame is going back to the Senate permanently very soon!!!

    July 28, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. gastoys

    I am hoping Obama picks someone who can teach him how to salute the American Flag and Medal of Honor recipients as well has knowing how to return a salute. Also would be nice if Obama could pick someone who can read, understand and protect the Constitution of the United States of America as well as execute on it. Looks like Obama is going to have to look outside the Democratic Party for that one! LOL!

    July 28, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. wendy

    He wants integrity? Well that leaves Hillary out.

    July 28, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    it sounds like, as usual, obama is not letting anyone/media rush him into making any decisions before he's ready. that's one of his great strengths, his level-headedness, he just doesnt get rattled, and in these volatile times that's EXACTLY what we need in a president. as opposed to mccain, who physically and verbally attacks people, and thinks war is the best solution to most problems!

    obama will go down as the best president in u.s. history, which is funny b/c he is following the WORST president in u.s. history!

    July 28, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. Willy

    Obama is trying hard to pick himself as VP.

    July 28, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. JK Ashburn, VA

    Wow, no in-depth analysis of whether or not he went to the bathroom while attending this meeting. Who cares?

    July 28, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. SUE

    MCcain-PORTMAN o8

    July 28, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. independent

    pick hillary!!!

    July 28, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. What will Obama do about John Edwards

    What will happen if Obama wants John Edwards and the story about his mistress and their child is true!!! Well !!Well!! I guess John Edwards really is like a kennedy!!

    July 28, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  11. Daniel Wagle

    I think Hillary would bring a lot to the ticket, but there are other good picks as well, such as Bayh. I would not accept Nunn, who is a prime instigator of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

    July 28, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. Caroline?

    This is just one example of why Obama would not be a good president. Caroline Kennedy is not qualified to help anyone pick a VP-This is crazy. I really like Obama but this is just one mistake too many! I cannot vote for him.

    July 28, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  13. ben

    We will find out soon enough.

    July 28, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. SUE

    OBAMA let me give you some good advice..If you wan,t to be presdent go back to african and help your people we don,t need you

    July 28, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. Diamond from Florida

    I wish it could be Wesley Clark, he said nothing wrong, he simply stated the truth about Mccain. Him being a "war hero" doesnt make him qualified to be president and Clark was right, it doesnt.

    July 28, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. jimmie brenner

    Obama's words, "I'm going to want someone with integrity." Whew! That means no Hillary. Keep that thought, Barack.

    July 28, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. Susan

    All our family will vote for Obama if he picks Hillary for veep.

    Obama/Hillary..........A Strong Team!

    July 28, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. yankeegirl15


    July 28, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. Lisa

    I couldn't imagine Obama picking anyone other than Hillary.

    July 28, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. Unity

    Sounds like Obama has a terrific team working with him searching for his VP. His campaign has been run cleanly and very professionally. I truly admire this man.

    With each day, McCain scares me more & more. I just looked at his voting record for veterans over the past two years. Surprisingly, his votes in the senate to support veterans are only a FRACTION of those of Obama, yet he is running as the 'veterans' choice'. His total about face on ending the war in Iraq (to almost match what Obama has been saying all along) has got to leave you questioning why he's been arguing against Obama all along. And why aren't the media questioning the almost daily gaffes – too many to count????

    July 28, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. patrice c.

    Senator Obama is, in my opinion, one of the most cynical politicians in modern history. His abrupt changes on many issues after the primaries have left many of us with a bad taste. It is as if he pulled the wool over our eyes to get our votes, now takes it for granted that we'll still be there in the fall even though he's changed positions on very issues that we voted in his favor because of. Lately he claimed that the military would not allow him to visit the troops in Germany because he was campaigning, then we later find out that he could have seen them without reporters and cameras. There are at least a dozen other problems that I have that might not allow me to vote for him in November, he simply is not what he claimed to be: a different candidate running a different campaign. He's turned out to be more Washington politician than most of those who he was critical of before and during the primaries.

    July 28, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. peter


    July 28, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. CHilallas

    GO Barack Go. Choose Clinton as the Minister of Health Care

    July 28, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  24. Hillary 08

    Hillary or i'm sitting this one out.

    July 28, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. Patrick Peavy Dallas,TX


    July 28, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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