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. Obama 08

    Kansas Governor KATHLEEN SEBELIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Or atleast anyone but Hillary lol

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


    KEEP IT UP!!!!!
    Just don't add that Loser Clinton!!!!

    July 29, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. Obama/Sebelius 08

    Obama/Sebelius 08
    Obama/Sebelius 08
    Obama/Sebelius 08
    Obama/Sebelius 08
    Obama/Sebelius 08

    The Right Man
    & Woman
    For The Job!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. Sebelius For VP

    The SHE Obama's been refering to.......
    Governor Kathleen Sebelius!!!

    July 29, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. A Woman In California For Obama

    Just say NO to Hillary and you will be okay.

    July 29, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. Chris in Va.

    As a lifelong Virginian let me tell my fellow Americans a little about Virginia Governor Timmy "clueless in Richmond" Kaine. In his days as a memeber of the Richmond City Council Tuesday nights werecomedy nights in Richmond, the best comedy, community access TV coverage of the Richmond City Council meetings. The head clown, you guessed it, Timmy Kaine. As Mayor of Richmond he managed to do absolutely nothing, and as our esteemed governor his one accomplishment was proposing a 50 cent a gallon statewide gas tax to repair roads in Northern Virginia and Tidewater which was withdrawn when he learned of citizens heating tar and collecting feathers. Bottom line if you are looking for a VP who can contribute to the administration, look elsewhere, If you want someone to stand in the corner and look stupid, he's your boy!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. SANTE


    1. Everybody who is NOT a snob senses that something is not exactly O.K. with that so called "New Politician".
    I see him like mi 34 years doughier: tells me exactly what I want to hear.
    I think that Guy and his gang had studied the social behaviour in USA long before had started the elections and they simply manipulate us very effectively!
    Simply: DO NOT TRUST HIM!!!!

    2. No offence, but am I correct that OBAMA is very much supported and loved by HOMOSEXUALS?

    / Not because I do not respect them as human beings/

    3. His raise in NOT my concern but his attitude : HE IS ARROGANT!

    4. If he is sooo gifted and almost genius, what he had done for 45 years before the beginning of the election?

    July 29, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. Republicans For Obama

    John McCain is the worst thing that could happen to America, except for Hillary Clinton!!!!!

    As long as Obama picks anyone but Hillary, then he gets my VOTE!!!!

    July 29, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Tony

    I feel a little disappointed that Gen. Clark hasn't been mentioned...

    July 29, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. arlene, CA

    Obama/Tim Kaine I like Kaine, he has done a super job as Gov of Virginia. Obama will make the correct choice, I trust his judgment, if not Kaine that Bayh.

    July 29, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Anyone But Hillary!!!

    Anyone But Hillary!!!!
    Anyone But Hillary!!!!
    Anyone But Hillary!!!!
    Anyone But Hillary!!!!

    Richardson, Sebelius, Biden, Edwards, Dashle or Dodd!!!

    July 29, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. tate

    BIDEN! It would be a horrible mistake for Obama to not bolster his national security credentials. Biden is a team player, a great attack dog and debater who would be a great addition to the ticket.

    July 29, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. No Losers

    Obama Will Win Again!!!!

    Just don't lower your standards and consort with the likes of that LOSER Hillary!!!

    Obama 08
    Obama 12
    Hillary NEVER!!!

    July 29, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. Hillary Never

    Obama has great judgement, and will pick someone great!

    It'll Never Be Hillary!
    Hillary Will Never Be President!
    Hillary Will Never Be Vice President!
    She'll be lucky to remain in the Senate!

    July 29, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. aliou FL

    Obama will make the right choice for this country.
    McSame can take carl row as his vip, or even Mickey mouse. it doesn't really matter. He is irrelevant.

    July 29, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. Pick A Governor

    Pick A Governor!!!

    Kansas – Kathleen Sebelius
    New Mexico – Bill Richardson
    Virginia – Tim Kaine
    Indiana – Evan Byah

    Just don't pick Hillary! She has a record of destroying campaigns, even her own!!!! She only brings good men down!!

    July 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Don't hide or leave out the middle name of Hussein

    July 29, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. Monica 08

    Monica Lewinksy for VP!!!!!!!

    That would be cool!!!!!
    Maybe then all the Hillary Fanatics would shut up, and realize what the Clintons really are!!!!

    No matter who Obama picks he will win, because he can beat anyone.. .even the Clintons!!!

    July 29, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. Billy. LA

    CNN-I'm looking at the first 10 articles on your Ticker at 5:19 CST and I can't find McCain's name anywhere.

    You are losing credibility as an impartial news source. You are becoming known as Obama Central-is that your corporate goal?

    July 29, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. Independent Voter

    Try huddling with those ministers again. I see CNN reports that one out of two HIV cases are members of those congregations.

    July 29, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. Joanna

    If he wants a hope of winning, he should ask Hillary...maybe McCain should ask Hillary...now that would be a change I could believe in.

    But for me, no Hillary...nobama.

    Puma Pac.

    Hillary '08

    July 29, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. Denver

    PUMAs are waiting in Denver and we will support Hillary or vote McCann.....COUNT on it as Florida and Mich should count......remember a while back our leader then, Al Gore, said all votes should count, but not Nobama who wants to change the rules....if he did the correct thing he would ask the Party Leaders to let all Democrats speak....don't shut us out we deserve to have our voices heard even if Hillary would not win (but that would not happen!) or we take our vote where it will be appreciated!

    PUMAs meet in Denver!

    July 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Alice in Florida

    Who cares? The idiot Obama is behind in the polls with LIKELY voters even WITH the media love-fest AND the fact that we've had the WORST Republican President in our history! EVERY Democrat was double-digits ahead at this point in time! And Mr. uh, duh, um, um, duh WHERE'S MY SPEECHWRITER, TELEPROMPTER, and PILLOW hasn't even debated yet, because he's hiding just like he did from the TRUE leader – Hillary! What a fool! Let him go be President of Germany – they have a history of electing dictators who give rabble-rousing speeches.


    July 29, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. Obama Supporter from Texas

    I don't care who he picks, we are on the road to the White House no matter who it is...

    Obama '08

    July 29, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. Lisa

    At this point I don't care who this guy picks, he's lame and so are his supporters.

    July 29, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
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