July 29th, 2008
05:18 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama huddles with VP vetters, again

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/29/art.obamavan.ap.jpg caption="Obama head to his VP vetter's office again Tuesday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama spent a second day off the campaign trail Tuesday, using his time in the nation’s capital to talk with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

But it was his “secret” visit to the office of a key campaign advisor that is drawing just as much attention. For the second day in a row, Obama stopped by the office of Eric Holder – a former Justice Department official who is leading the search for his vice presidential running mate. The campaign was mum on the details of Obama’s visit to Holder’s office other than to note that time had been blocked off for “private meetings.”

The Obama campaign told reporters that the Tuesday meeting would last more than two hours. Obama and his aides have been diligent about revealing very little about the vice presidential search. Whenever he is asked about it, Obama routinely says, “The next time I talk about my vice presidential selection, it will be to introduce that selection.”

With the Democratic convention one month away, speculation is mounting about when Obama will announce his running mate. Will it be before the Olympic Games, which start the first week of August, or shortly before the beginning of the convention at the end of the month? The same political parlor game is taking place on the Republican side as John McCain, too, wrestles with who will be his vice presidential running mate.

As for Obama, several names keep popping up as being under serious consideration such as Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. In the past 24 hours, Kaine has drawn most of the atttention thanks in part to stories written in The Washington Post and Politico about the Obama campaign vetting the governor. In an interview on Washington radio station WTOP Tuesday morning, Kaine said he is flattered to be mentioned but noted that the decision is up to the campaign.

soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Republican for Obama

    Thanks GOD that he's dropped any notions of adding Hillary Clinton to his ticket. this would have been the worst mistake that he could have ever made. So far, he has ran a good and smart campaign, on the otherhand, she has not.

    What i don't understand, is what all of these Hillary supporters won't give it up? In a way, i'm glad that these people WON'T be voting for Obama...he doesn't need that insanity to taint his pristine campaign.

    July 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Kelby from Houston, TX

    I kinda hope it's Hillary

    July 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Denise Groves

    All this tension about VP's is ridiculous! Everybody needs to take a deep greath and exhale.

    July 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. Biffington, Biff

    Would love to see Sebillius....

    July 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Jen

    LOL, Mika was so funny on Morning Joe yesterday morning. She asked Barack's communications director why Barack was so great. The guy had a good comeback, he said "Oh, I thought you were talking about me".

    July 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Jeff from Jersey

    "Secret" visit,"private meetings",what melodramatic donkey dust.The media sure knows how to "make" news instead of reporting it.This is along the lines of "That rain sure is coming down!".Let me know when it starts going up.Then maybe you'll have a story!Sounds like they all work for the government.We'll all find out who the candidates will be sooner or later even without such "helpful " non-stories such as this.

    July 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Patrick

    Don't pick Clinton and I WILL VOTE MCCAIN!!

    Lets see your judgment at work Odrama!

    July 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. P, CA


    One name seems to be conspicuously absent from this article... hmmmm...

    Oh well, wouldn't affect my vote either way if she was VP. She may have divided the rest of you, but I don't mind her all that much.

    July 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Proud American

    We believe!!
    Obama/ Whomever '08

    July 29, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    please keep us informed when each candidate uses the toilet as well.

    July 29, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Tim from Ohio

    I am not a political scientist, however, I would tend to think the sooner he makes an announcement the better. It's going to be interesting to see if his poll numbers "surge" after an announcement is made. Right now, he doesn't have much of a lead over Senator McCain.

    July 29, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. libs be dopes

    Obama/Edwards 2008!

    As soon as he comes back from CA

    July 29, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. jake, San Francisco, CA

    Let's wait until McSurge go first and get like a couple of minutes of attention...and then nominate our VP and get a whole week of publicity...you feel me?

    July 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Scott

    Who knows – I would ask Murdoch and his right wing Republican media machine that include FOX News, Direct TV, Washington Post, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard and a host of others TV stations and newspapers. I am sure they can come up with a name to mislead the public as usual.

    July 29, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc

    There will be even more puma's once obama snubs Hillary and goes with Kaine. I plan a very large financial contribution to Mc Cain on that day.


    July 29, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. Harvey in Va

    If its not Hillary PUMA

    July 29, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Okay, and so what have we learned from this story?
    Nothing from what I can tell, other than he met with his VP advisors. Just like he has in the past.
    Come on CNN, let's get news stories on the ticker.

    Let's (Ba)Rack the Vote.

    July 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Greg

    Well 2 major things have happened since the Democrats won the 2006 elections:
    1] Higher gas prices. {with no domestic exploration}

    2] The stock market is down.

    I guess if Jimmy Carter {the worst president in history by the way], I mean Obama wins the election we can look forward to gas rationing and double digit inflation.

    Americans are easily fooled!! KEEP THE CHANGE OBAMA!!!

    July 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Jim in Orlando

    Is John Edwards still on the list? Or not since he made himself fodder for the National Enquirer? CNN, where are you on this story ?

    July 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Nikola

    Can't you just leave Obama alone, and let him choose his VP in peace. Why do zou have to analize his every word like he met "some guys" and he did a '"private meeting"?. When he makes a choice he will let as know.

    July 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. Dave

    Is it true that Obama rides a unicorn with a rainbow coming out of its posterior?

    July 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. bob in L.A.

    I would hope so! If he's not in on the process, then who is really picking the VP?
    I would hope McCain is doing the same for his choice.

    July 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. jc

    McCain is boring so Obama is forced into media overload.

    But one day soon the media will have to answer to their oversight of McCain and his gaffes, mistakes, and off of the wall comments and flip flops!!!!

    July 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. Veterans for Obama

    Obama/Schweitzer 08/12

    July 29, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. Steve Green

    We need Hillary...he loses otherwise!!!

    July 29, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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