August 11th, 2008
12:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama to announce VP via text, e-mail

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(CNN) - It used to be that a presidential candidate announced his running mate at a carefully staged rally in a crucial swing state designed to boost buzz for the ticket and maximize media coverage.

But in a presidential cycle where so many of the conventional rules no longer appear applicable, Barack Obama's campaign said Sunday the Democratic VP choice will be revealed via e-mail and text messages to supporters.

"Barack Obama is about to make one of the most important decisions of this campaign - choosing a running mate," Obama campaign manager David Plouffe wrote in an e-mail to supporters Sunday night. "You have helped build this movement from the bottom up, and Barack wants you to be the first to know his choice."

Plouffe's e-mail is sure to raise speculation a running mate announcement could be imminent, even as Obama vacations in Hawaii and the Olympic Games reach full swing in Beijing. Most political observers had expected Illinois senator to announce his VP choice after the Olympics, ended in the small window before the Democratic convention.

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soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Old Stradlater

    McCain is using morse code to announce his pick.

    And to all the trolls, he will be making an official announcement, this is just to inform his supporters at the same time the decision is leaked to the press. Why should the media be the first to know? It's called being engaged with the American people. Some of us like to know what's going on.

    August 11, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Jean

    If ,If, If, It's time to stop the would have, could have,conservation. TIME TO MOVE ON!!!!

    August 11, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Hey – that's not fair – Cindy will have to inform McWarmonger who Obama's running mate will be.

    McWarmonger is too old and stupid to learn about the latest technology.

    Obama '08

    August 11, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Joe, VT

    Only 12.8% of the American population is over 65, Tom. A lot of those not only have computers but have e-mail. McCain's in another era.

    August 11, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. AMW

    WOW – did he lose his teleprompter?

    August 11, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. J, Philly PA

    I was a little reluctant when I found out about the text announcement on facebook, but now thanks to the comments I'm definitely signing up! Obama's supporters should be the first to know about his choice–it shows where his priorities are. It's a really cool idea and shows that we have could have a president who puts his money where his mouth is when it comes to technology.

    As to the older people or those suffering from the digital divide–I'm sure plenty of media reporters will be receiving the text, and will alert the America mainstream accordingly to Obama's choice!

    August 11, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Jean-Marie

    What a great idea! I'm 68 and I can't wait ! ! !

    Obama '08-'16

    August 11, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Lee

    Obama is NOTHING without Clinton, he don't have a chance! That would be the worst decision of his life not choosing her!

    August 11, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Pat F

    Gimmick. If he wins, get ready for four years of gimmicks. All icing, no cake.

    August 11, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. John Illinois

    You ridiculous kids. If you are so great with technology, you would already know you can email the President at any time.If you think the emails go directly to the President, you had better start using your head for something other than a hat rack. As for using google earth to find out what is going on around the world (such as Georgia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.), the government only allows you to see what they want you to see. Don't you think the terrorists would be using google earth to see troop movements, strategies, etc. if it could do what you think? My GOD, the younger generation is so darn stupid. Is this the so-called intelligence of the educated Obama supporter? GOD help us!

    August 11, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Chris

    Awsome!!! Ohhhhh !! Aaaahhh !!
    What an idiot !! who is he trying to impress ???
    If ability to text is all that it needs to be President ..
    Hey .. sign me up 🙂 not only can I text .. I can take a decision and stick to it unlike certain 'flip floppers'
    How bout going to the moon and running the country from there???
    GRTBR !!
    Look it up if you dont know what it means

    Mccain 08 ..
    HRC 2012 & 2016

    August 11, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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