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)

    I absolutely won't vote for this empty suit unless Hillary is there to back this rookie up. Our country is to important to experiment with.

    July 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. Lisa

    Why is Obama not doing better in the Polls?

    1. His suit is always too tight and he's always flooding.
    2. He's all talk and no substance.
    3. He has absolutely no health care plan.
    4. Hasn't picked Hillary as the VP yet.
    5. Before he was for bringing the troops home now he's not.
    6. Scared to Debate Mccain & HIllary.
    7. Always avoid answering questions from the press.

    July 29, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. karen-phoenix

    Evan Bayh. Would make a great team!!!! Go Obama. Peace is patriotic and prosperous!! Out with the old and in with the new!! God Bless you Barack!!

    July 29, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Got your back in NJ

    I think that Caroline Kennedy should be considered as V.P. If not her then I like Clark. Anyone but Clinton really. She would be a great VP for McCain though. They both supported the war and she claimed that she agreed with him in so many matters when she was campaigning. Two birds of a feather.....

    Obama & Kennedy or Clark 08 and 12!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Lisa-Fl.

    I dare him to pick anyone but Hillary!!! There will be a major backlash. We are waiting.

    July 29, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Erick FL

    I'm in shock that he's not picking Hilary....Hilary would of been the best choice to bringing the Democratic party together . All this talk about unity & bringing people together is a bunch of lies. He's letting personal differences get in the way, which tells me he's arrogant.
    PUMA, all the way!
    McCAin 08 is getting my vote....Wouldn't it be great if McCAin picks Hilary as his vice running mate & she accepts? Wishful thinking...

    July 29, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Mitt Romney is a lousy politician

    July 29, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. Obama bring it on 08/12

    Give our guy some space we must sound like a stuck record .LOL

    July 29, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. aliou FL

    What happened to all the obama leaning guests on cnn?

    July 29, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. EBC

    Go AHEAD and get the job done Sen. Obama. Don't pay any attention to all the "haters" and the silly polls, YOU just focus on what you need to get the job done and get into the Oval Office. Everything else will fall into place. America has had ENOUGH of George W. Bush and we're NOT going to play the easy "suckers" again this election time.

    Old folks would always say....."Fool me once, shame on YOU, fool me twice BIG SHAME on me!

    Bless Sen. McCain for trying, but come on, this is a man that is clearly clueless, like someone we ALL know right now in the Oval Office yet again. LOOK at the mess we're in now. John McCain would only make things worse. I mean John McCain's health is also a BIG warning FLAG that Americans better pay attention to. It means that John McCain will NOT be the "President" is will be his VICE PRESIDENT who will be running the country, just like CHENEY DID!!!

    July 29, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. Lisa-Fl.

    I can't wait to see Obumma's numbers drop like a stone when he doesn't pick Hillary because of his pride. It will be his downfall.

    July 29, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |


    July 29, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Go with Biden and seal the deal.

    July 29, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. The Original Obama Mama

    Bradley, Caroline Kennedy, Clark, Richardson....Anyone but Hilliary!
    We need change not more bickering, untruths, deceit, etc. Plus, we already know she knows nothing about economics – couldn't manage her campaign funds – like McCain.

    President Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. Griff

    When/If you are Elected Commander in Chief of a Super Power. I will do everything to Destroy you within the System...You are Pure Garbage!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. Anita from Arizona

    Now, CNN. You'll looking silly asking that question every other day from either candidiate. Just silly...

    July 29, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Charles

    Hmmmm.... The newer Ticker story about the AFL/CIO's Obama ad is already closed for comments, and with only 8 comments...

    The mods must be scared to allow us to comment on that story!

    July 29, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. Leslie MA.

    Never mind the VP spot. What was the conversation with
    Yousuf Raza Gilani from Pakistan about?

    July 29, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. deroy

    why doesn't the OBAMA mailer tell where he was baptized as a christian,

    nice job CNN on censoring the site after 8 comments.
    must have been an edict from wolf blitzer, obama's handler at CNN.
    anderson copper, make certain my clothing is laid out.

    yeah, as soon as i get this over i'll dump michelle and you wuill be my no 1.

    July 29, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. Richie

    No more MEN. We need a woman veep.

    July 29, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Dave, Illinois

    Hey CNN, are you going to censor this too?

    The CNN love fest continues. Any objective person looking at the amount of coverage this ego-maniac receives should be both disgusted and indignant. To top it off, look at the hateful and childish comments posted by the Obamites on these bloggs. The Left is running rampant and their true colors are showing. I hope to see their arrogant smirks wiped from their faces when McCain wins this November.

    July 29, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    They say that he needs to pick someone who would help his foreign policy credentials. I say he is ditching it. What happened to Iraq? The debate is still on but CNN just deleted my suggestions on how and what should be done to move forward.

    July 29, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. California Voter

    Kaine ugh, Biden no way, Sebelius why, Bayh gets him Indiana maybe, Clinton 18 million votes - a sure thing! Why do men have such a difficult time admitting a woman would do a better job?

    Obama/Clinton or No Obama!

    July 29, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. CBH

    Senator Obama is on the move again. He is the best man for the job of President. I think he needs to select someone to help him enact some of his ideas. I think he should select Joe Biden or maybe Hillary Clinton. Tim Caine is the dark horse. His list of VP hopefulls are very impressive. His method of choosing his running mate has been very professional, I hope he wins in November.


    July 29, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. Griff

    CNN??? Cable News No-more... We lost our way... Long live the Air- Waves.... You had it all! Communications? But still You do not pocess the right to Dictation, So close to the mark.. I am afraid you got iot wrong again. America.... Pity, just when the World was looking for leadership... You Flip/Floped again... When will you ever get it right?????????????

    July 29, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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