August 3rd, 2008
01:17 PM ET
14 years ago

VP fever intensifies as conventions near

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caption=" Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine could be in the running to be Barack Obama's VP."]

(CNN) - It happens once every four years: Political pundits, news junkies and water cooler crowds obsess over whom the presidential contenders will pick to be their No. 2.

sked by CNN's Howard Kurtz what drives the compulsion behind the "glorified guessing game," A. B. Stoddard, an associate editor at The Hill, said every journalist is hoping for a "James Bond moment" when he or she can be the one to expose the story.

That, she said, "obviously never happens."

"But it comes in a lull in the campaign - June and July. You know, the primary is over. It tends to get a little dull. Usually the negative ads ... haven't appeared yet, and so it's sort of a perfect time to begin the guessing game.

"It is their first presidential decision," she said on CNN's "Reliable Sources."

Roger Simon, chief political columnist for, said another benefit of dangling names in front of the public is that the candidates can use the media to vet those in the running.

"If there's anything is some guy's closet ... some local reporter who has covered this person for eight or 12 or 16 years might know about and might it get out before the candidate has committed to an embarrassing choice," he said.

Before the 1980s, presidential candidates typically did not unveil their running mates until the convention, often on its very last day.

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Vig

    The year is 2008 not 1789 – centuries have come and gone and this country has yet to nominate, let alone elect a woman president. Throughout the world we have women world leaders: Angela Merkel- Germany; Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf-Liberia; Gloria Arroyo- Philippines; Pratibha Patil – India; Christina Fernandez-Argentina; Michelle Bachelet-Chile; Luisa Dogo-Mozambique; Tara Halonen-Finland; Mary McAlesse-Ireland. And let's not forget the women leaders through the years – Margaraet Thatcher, Benazir Bhutto, Golda Meir; Indira Ghandi and yes even Isabel Peron.

    Instead Americans are subjected to gender-biased media converage; hip-hop rappers like Ludacris who calls Hillary Clinton "irrelevant", someone telling Hillary Clinton to go iron his shirt; nut cracker novelty items displaying Hillary Clinton's name. America – the world leader – is really the world juvenile. Obama smirks when Hillary Clinton is disparaged because it meant more votes for him during the primaries. He never opened his mouth – a man who is all mouth – to say STOP IT. He will never get my vote. It's time for a woman – it's a write-in for Hillary Clinton.

    August 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. TheWeaselMcCain

    Obama should put an end to the Hillary for VP nonsense.

    Hopefully, he’ll announce his vp choice (Tim Kaine) next week, which will result in a MEDIA trifecta where they consume themselves with endless politicking about the following:

    1) Hillary’s future with the Dems and what ifs.
    2) When and who will McCain choose.
    3) and, who exactly is Tim Kaine, and what does he bring to the table.

    Meanwhile, Obama can take his week off from politics as the MEDIA spins his decision a million ways.

    P.S. — Even FAUX News will forget about this silly idea of Obama playing the so-called “Race Card”.

    August 3, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |


    August 3, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. kelly WI

    How about J. Edwards or is his girl friend stopping him?
    If Obama wins you will have to leave the country to find a job. That is you even want one and not suck off the gov.
    McCain 08

    August 3, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. S. Denice

    I am for whoever Senator Obama chooses. He is intelligent enough to know who will complement his presidency. I really used to be in favor of Senator Clinton becoming his choice and although a part of me still does, I'm afraid that the negativity and bitterness directed towards him on account of her would not make her a good choice. Senator Obama will make the right decision though..

    August 3, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. KP

    Obama/Kaine '08!

    August 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Nancy Levin

    Tim Kaine seems the right choice for Obama...he looks like another
    shooting star..rising quickly but steadily; the state of Virginia has
    chosen this man as their leader for good reason.

    August 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. linda from South Dakota

    theres no doubt that obama will get the nomination,, after what mccains pulled, his jokes are not funny and hes not serious about anything here,, wonder whose advising him??,, or do we care,, ???? obama08!!!!!!!!!!!yes we can and we will

    August 3, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Beverly,NYC

    Obama/Biden 2008 has a good ring to it.

    August 3, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Earl, Manchester, Wa

    Senator Obama is out of his league. The good folk of this country thought they were getting all that in 2000 and look where that got ya. Senator Obama is going to make "W" look like the third coming of Christ. Hopefully a ruckus and common sense will prevail at the convention.

    Setting that aside, excluding Edwards any of the presidential candidates will make an excellent Veep.

    August 3, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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