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)

    OBAMA-KAINE '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. Mary

    .....and if it isn't Hillary, all Hell will break loose. The only ones skirting this issue seems to be the media.

    July 29, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. Obama/Clinton '08

    Obama doesn't have the EXPERIENCE to pick EXPERIENCE. He's not going to pick Hillary although she demonstrated back in the successfully Bill Clinton run 90's that despite CNN, despite the pundits, she stood by her husband. WoW, having that determination and focus in the White House, now I'm dreaming.

    The Clinton detracters are a pathetic bunch. All of them fattened their bank accounts, remember gasoline prices that were affordable and how the World Community not only respected us but who we worked with to protect the environment with.

    No, unfortunately Obama hasn't reached the 50% mark, hasn't learned how to close the deal, and will now pick Kaine because he wants Virginia more than he wanted Michigan in not even registering there.

    While us 18 million Hillary voters don't want another care taker President, we do respect experience. Short of Lou Dobbs ('Man of The Year, double bb's would trump both Ob(ama) and double M(cC's)ain, Independent Lou isn't on the ballot, so those of use who remember the 2000 election and the 537 Floridians + 1 Supreme Court Justice (Scalia) will go out there and vote Nov 4th for EXPERIENCE'd McCain.

    While Johnny McC might not live out his 4 yr term, for whatever time he'll be in office we'll have determination, experience and a focused individual standing by America. John McCain stood by America's last War Time mistake, which gives him the America Poll victory in Nov'08

    Now if he would only choose Hillary we'd have a real DREAM TICKET..talk about 2 people having the experience to reach across the isle, these 2 would have the country focused for an entire 4 yrs~!

    July 29, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Does it really matter who he selects?
    The general public is so enthralled with his movie star appeal and "hope" that he will cure all ills in Washington–he could have Mickey Mouse as VP and still receive the same level of credibility!!

    Frankly, I'm dismayed my countrymen have such few choices–and such a lack of opportunity for real change.

    I'm Libertarian–if you're sick of the dog and pony show every 4 years–join us for real change.

    July 29, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Ame


    Looks like there are elements within the Obama`s new campaign that are not helping it.

    Just look at the way McCain has run very negative ads without Obama responding to them.

    McCain has just endorsed Obama`s 16 month plan. Obama needs to be pouncing on it but he`s not doing it.

    The Obama campaign has failed to turn the flip flop label against McCain.

    Where did the judgment argument against hillary go? This could be used effectively against McCain.

    I dont trust the new Obama camoaign team. They are been ineffective and allowing McCain to put labels on Obama. Negative ads really do work. They need to sit up and put McCain on the defensive. Look at the poll numbers.

    July 29, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Gerry in Virginia

    There are a few good people to consider but Hillary is not one of them. Her time was four years ago and she missed it. THATS when we needed her as president. She could have beaten W easily. Sadly she recieved bad advice and missed her chance. I know the U.S. would be better off today had she become president and took those years away from W. I know Mr. Obama will chose the right person to be his VP. He has a good head on his shoulders and will make a great president...

    July 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Raymond Duke

    I don't know who he is going to pick and I don't think it will make much difference. John Kennedy's election was fixed in chicago or he would never been president. Obama would love for it to be tight so this election could be fixed. I think it will be an electoral landslide for McCain. Oh by the way I love that Obama has said he will run amensity down the throats of americans. He is going to spend 20 million dollars to pander for the Hispanic vote. Wake up america and keep this slug out of the white house.

    July 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. john

    CNN Ticker's = Obama 12 stories before a McCain story – 7 Obama, 3 Stevens, 1 Kennedy, and 1 RNC – none of which are meant to put the Republican party in a positive light. *sheesh* don't slant too much...

    July 29, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. Nick Parga

    JOE BIDEN, HIS BODY LANGUAJE AND SPEECH LOOK SINCERE ON HIS APROACH TO HELP SOLVE usa economic and global invironmental problem with other nation. He can be a good Vice for the next president of USA.

    July 29, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. Noah

    I, and many other democrats, want Clinton on the ticket. This is why you see Obama failing to move in the polls. No Clinton, no support. She not only earned that spot, she deserves it. I can not see any other choice. Where is all this party unity...oh wait..we unify behind Obama and forget Hillary. Don't thnk so.

    July 29, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. Former g.o.p.

    Biden is just the "attack dog" Obama needs to fight the lies, inuendo and fear-mongering the g.o.p./mccain/rove swift-boaters.

    July 29, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Obama 08

    I trust his judgement as to who he picks.

    July 29, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. Tell Me

    Obama head to his VP vetter's office again Tuesday

    Obama /BIDEN

    July 29, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. Josh Cameron

    choose Hillary, of God help you.

    July 29, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. Josh Cameron

    excuse me,
    *choose Hillary, or God help you.

    July 29, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. Kevin,FL

    No matter who he chooses, Obama will have a very hard time, winning, despite what the current mood is, Just wait till the GOP really goes after him,

    July 29, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Tell me

    Take your time Senator !!


    July 29, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Peter (CA)

    Part of me hopes Obama just gets this over with so we can move on with the campaign but then again, if it isn't this non-story, they will find another (Will he send his kids to public school? What will Michelle serve at State dinners?).

    I guess a VP story is better than the dumb things and lies the Republicans want to focus on.

    July 29, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Sherry, Atlanta

    Your doing a great job, President Obama. American's appreciate your hard work and dedication. You've been going full-speed for awhile now (UNLIKE JOHN MCCAIN, WHOM DON"T WORK ON WEEK-ENDS)...Please don't forget to take a Human Break!

    We'll try to carry some of your load, Thanks so much.

    July 29, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. Sharon in Mi..

    I believe Sen. Obama when he says he'll be the one to announce his choice for VP. The fact that we're hearing so much about Gov. Kaine before an announcement from Obama makes me think it won't be Kaine. Virginia's already leaning Obama's way. The real prize and help would be if the dems got Indiana. So my money's on Evan Bayh.

    July 29, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    If Obama wants a boost in the polls, he will not get it without Hillary!

    Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!

    Obama can not get out infront of McCain without Hillary.

    July 29, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Whatever

    Why is there an ad on CNN's political ticker for Barack Obama? I know this comment will not be posted, but CNN, please do not lose whatever credibility you have left. As I said in an earlier post, you will need to change your name to the OEN ( Obama Election Network.) We are watching, and we have noticed.

    July 29, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    I know Biden the best and like him a lot but Bayh, Kaine or Sebelius would probably help him the most turn a red or purple state bue.

    July 29, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  24. pam Eugene OR

    Be patient. All will be known in due time.

    July 29, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  25. gary


    July 29, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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