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. deroy

    a first term governor who is a catholic socialist.
    yeah, that'll no foreign policy experience and obama is already a pacifist.

    this gives an idea of obama's judgment in all 57 states.
    'israel is a friend of israel'
    'on my banking committee' no, obama you are not on banking.

    July 28, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. Ben Obamacrat

    Sounds like Hilary would be a good pick.

    July 28, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. Simon

    You must be kidding me!!!! did I see Obama with a republican\
    I mean what courage, round up all the democrats or so I think and then the rebuclicans must have the same fate.
    what is MCcain I mean the other guy gonna do. I mean he has to win the election if he wants to win the war not the other way round!!.
    Somebody help I am going through great pains to understant this.!!!

    July 28, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. John

    Since when is this country infatuated with socialists? Seriously, look at his tax plan...Is there a candidate out there that TRULY advocates liberty, and personal responsibility (instead of government handouts) like the Founding Father's?

    July 28, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. WhoCares

    In other news, Obama decided to change his under pants and after long deliberations selected to go with a "Blue" one. Yippeeeeeee.

    Now lets all light a candle and sing Kumbayaaaaaaaa......


    July 28, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  6. Deroi

    Sen. Mc Cain, Keep saying that Barack is using the Iraq war as a "Political Issue", my question to Sen. Mc Cain is; was not "FEAR" used to as a "Political Issue" to invade Iraq under the false intelligence about Weapon of Mast Destruction (WMD) by his Republican party, now with over 4000 death, thousand wounded, Billion spent and more to come. Why should he be asking Barack to admit that he was wrong about a corrective measure called "The Serge" when the illegal war as cost so much LIVES.

    Montreal, Canada


    Sen. Mc Cain keep saying he knows how win wars, how many wars did he win?

    July 28, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. joe smith

    great news. with regard to the sub-prime fiasco; I was wondering what safeguards were in effect from 1950 thru 1990, as we moved people to new homes, sub-divisions, condos, and those who were relocated by job transfers; we didn't have this loosey goosey give away nonsence; you got what you could pay for..real simple. what happened to those safeguards, who was minding the store..Mr. Shumer, and his kind ott to be held accountable, and get some accountability back in this Government..

    July 28, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. Reality Check

    I hope you do not pick a woman because that would look very bad in the eyes of everyone. As much as I do not like Hillary, if you are going to pick a woman, then it should be her.

    July 28, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  9. Eric in Atlanta

    Well I will be glad when he selects one so the media can stop the VP search hype. I do know I will not be punching his name on the ballot in November if Hillary is not on the ticket.

    July 28, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. Young & Educated

    SWEET!! Whoever Sen Obama picks as his VP will be the right one!

    McLame is sure taking FOREVERR to select his.. wasn't his nonimation secured from last year? Still can't pick one yet? or is it no one is really interested in running with a McLoser!
    McCain is a Joke! An Empty Suit and a FLIP FLOP!
    I've had 8 yrs of that – NO THANKS!

    July 28, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. S. Boatman

    As Long As You Choose Using Your Good Judgement You Will Choose Wisely!

    July 28, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. Edward

    America has one more chance to save it's self. Not picking Obama would be the last straw for the United States.

    July 28, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. Jimbo

    It should be pretty obvious by now that Hillary is not part of the VP equation. She may have some role to play when he gets elected but Bill will have to find his interns somewhere besides the White House!

    July 28, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. Rob


    July 28, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. Richard

    I hope he picks Joe Biden or Evan Bayh

    July 28, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  16. Mike

    Not a VP meeting. Probably there to get instructions from his bosses from moveon.org.

    Still a lightweight.

    July 28, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. projectial barfing

    I am sick to death of this cloak-and-daggar crap.

    July 28, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. Adam

    Obama/Whoever '08!!!!

    July 28, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  19. Griff

    It's like some Horror Movie.. Obama's "Omen"...

    July 28, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. K of TX

    OBAMA/ (fill in the blank) '08, '12

    July 28, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  21. Terry

    Hopefully he makes the smart decision and picks Hillary. Otherwise I will not vote for him no way, no how. I'll either write in Hillary or vote for McCain. Either one of them is much more realistic to make change happen than tObama's dreamer "change" speeches.

    July 28, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. Charles

    I truly Mr. Obama understands that his choice for the VP slot makes a lot of us determine whether or not he gets our vote!! A wrong move here could send an untol number of Democrats across party lines at worst - and, at best, keep us at home in November if his choice is wrong.

    July 28, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. Nestor, Austin, TX

    How about John Edwards, I hear he's had so much time on his hands he's hanging out in Beverly Hills. Maybe he needs something to do.

    July 28, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. Ron democrat turned independent

    someone with integrity (judas richardson) someone with independence (butt kissing casey) someone to tell him if he's wrong. what me wrong your fired. yeah go obama

    July 28, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  25. ERIC, MN

    Is this really newsworthy. I mean the MSM could be spending time talking about all of McCain's gaffes over the last two weeks, instead of reporting, Obama had a meeting. I do have to admit that CNN has been a little better than MSNBC about this issue, but it could still be alot better. I dont expect Fox to be fair, so I just left them out. I mean they take talking points from the WH, and spew them out like facts. Now, if Obama had gotten the facts wrong about the Anbar Awakening and the Surge, the MSM would have been reporting on it for weeks, but since it was McCain it got maybe a few minutes of coverage. Now, I know some of McCain's gaffes can be attributed to just your average misspeak, but he has had so many "misspeaks" in the last two weeks that it is starting to become worrisome. Is the MSM scared to bring up all of these issues because they dont want to be accused of ageism? Im not sure, but facts are facts, and McCain has been getting them consistantly wrong for awhile now. Maybe, just maybe, his age is starting to affect him. He is 72, so its not completely out of the question. I truly dont think 72 is to old to be president, but in some cases it might be.

    July 28, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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