August 22nd, 2008
08:34 AM ET
12 years ago

Source: Obama calls Veep runner-ups

Obama has already made his decision, say sources.

Obama has already made his decision, say sources.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama called some people on his short-list for the vice presidential slot Thursday night to tell them he had not selected them as running mate, a highly placed Democratic party source told CNN.

The source did not say which people got the call.

Obama has told some other potential running mates over the last few weeks that he would not be choosing them.

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  1. Willam from Texas

    This is what Ralph Nader had to say, and I totally agree with him.

    "Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader said Clinton is the smart choice because she is the only person who would help Obama get more votes.

    "And if he's going to say, 'One people, one nation,' he can raise the banner of unity with her as his vice presidential running mate," he said Thursday on "American Morning."

    Nader also told the Politico Web site that Obama wouldn't be "that dumb" to pick Bayh or Biden to be vice president."

    August 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. arlene, CA

    I do not think he called Joe Biden. Obama/Biden

    August 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Tim, Seattle

    Get ready to hear from the 'Hillary was dissed' crowd again. Round 3 of playing the victim.
    The crying will start again when he announces.
    Whats funny is I would be okay if he chose Hillary, because of some pragmatic (not emotional) reasons.

    But if he doesnt choose her, get ready for the tears and bellyaching and hate spewing to commence

    They will all suddenly turn into Geraldine Ferraro. Yikes!
    Obama 08'

    August 22, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. rob

    It won'r be Hillary , but she'll still try to steal the nomiation at the convention . She's sold her soul .If it is Hillary , O bama will need 24 hour protection-lol

    August 22, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. We are saved

    Just connect the dots, wants independent minded, challange his hair brain ideas with reality, Its Michelle thats why shes now so proud to be and American. Oprah is Sec. of State, Rev. Wright, chief of Staff, Minister Farrakan, Ambasador to Isreal, 50 cent, Head of IRS, Jesse Jackson Surgeon General.........;-)

    Hillary or U looooz

    Clinton 2012

    August 22, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Tex Ann

    Obama really needs a running mate who can draw in a boatload of votes now, because he's waning big time. His "charisma" only got him so far, and now it's crunch time. People have finally started to see him for who he really is. The more I watch & listen to him, the more he reminds me of George W. Bush- nice looking, personable, somewhat full of himself, but absolutely no substance whatsoever.

    August 22, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. beth

    I hated Clinton during the primaries, but I hope he pulls a surpise and picks her. Talk is cheap. If he wants to unify the party, he can suck it up, and pick Hillary.

    August 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Jan

    its Hillary or lose.

    August 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Jennifer

    I hope Hillary was the first to be called Thursday night.
    The country needs a break from the Bush and Clinton dynasties. It is time to repair the damage done during those administrations.

    August 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Donkey Party

    If it's Hillary, Obama loses my vote. I refuse to allow my vote to get her anywhere near the White House.

    August 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Allan

    It won't be Hillary.

    Look at her July fundraising numbers. Even with her loyal PUMAs mounting campaigns to retire her debt (and their leaders Will Bower and Darragh Murphy going on news programs and claiming they had raised up to $10 Million for Hillary) she only took in a little over $1 Million for the entire month.

    Her support has evaporated, and many of her voters were Limbaugh stooges messing with the Democratic primary process.

    Obama needs a winner on his team. Someone who can actually raise money and turn out voters.

    That's not Hillary.

    August 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. anonymous

    Why do all you democRATS care? He's not going to be elected!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA.

    Go McCain!!!

    August 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. John B.

    If Sen. Obama has any hopes of retaining Sen. Clintons supporters and the undecided there is only one choice he can make, otherwise McCain will keep Republicans in charge of the Oval Office.
    The ticket needs to read: Obama/Clinton 2008

    August 22, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Armageddan is coming soon!!

    K said; "CNN in the tank for Obama. Journalism has died."

    And I guess you would prefer they be in the tank for McCain? You and the rest of those that would vote for this dishonest man, just blow me away.

    How old are you anyway? Have you registered for the draft yet? Because McWar&Violence will be locating the next conflict so you can display your undying loyality for his cause. I will be LMAO at you and all the rest of you when this happens.

    A word of advise from a Viet Nam veteran; don't get into a fire-fight like Rambo. Remember to keep your head low and never volunteer to take the point. Those guys rarely make it back. Good luck; one who counted among the stupids in this country...

    Again, LMAO....

    August 22, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    To jimmy:

    The Saddleback forum shouldn't worry you. Its was held at the museum of a known, right-wing evangelical, and the crowd was stacked against Obama. He wasn't going to come out of that looking good anyway.

    Wait until the actual debates when they get to examine each other in a forensic-style debate of give and take, unlike the softball non-sense we had to put up with from Bush.

    August 22, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. James Schmidt

    McCain does not know how many houses he has as his wife handles that – HEY FOLKS, IT'S MCCAINS MONEY.

    Hillary is best choice, but Obama is not smart enough.

    August 22, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. susan

    I'll only vote for Obama if he picks Hillary. Otherwise I'm writing her in if she's not on the ballot! She's obviously the best choice for President, and she got the shaft from the men.

    August 22, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Vegas


    It's not the queen of the prom selection... just say who it is and get it over with...

    How could anyone vote for this tool

    August 22, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Brooke in PA

    rbt, why did you include Monica in that list? What the heck does she have to do with Hillary as President or VP? She doesn't even live in this country anymore. Get over yourself.

    August 22, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Nicklee

    ....Please make it HILLARY!!!

    I supported Obama all the way but I think an Obama/Hillary ticket would be the best for the elections and for the country...

    By the way, it's going to really hot for the GOPs with bill, hillary and obama going to the nooks and crannies of the country to campaign...can anyone beat that!!

    August 22, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. nan

    No Hillary No Bama

    August 22, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Allen Friedman

    Will somebody please challenge John McCain on his experience claim. This guy has been in congress for 28 years, so what major decisions has he made? Invade Iraq, do not talk to our enemies, voted against giving a raise to our military, where was he with the decaying Walter Reed hospital and his great care for our military, voted against a minimum pay raise for minimum wage workers. Is this what makes this man experienced and electable to be president, then the American people should wake up or on November 5 we will find see that no change has occured in the White House and war will replace the economy as our major worry!

    August 22, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Ray

    To the "If Hillary or Else...." Crowd,

    During the primary Hillary had the opportunity to maintain a civil campaign, but instead she decided on the "Kitchen Sink" strategy because that's the only option she had if she were to catch Obama. In the process she ruined her chances of him picking her as a VP in the future. That's the risk she took. She made her bed earlier this year and now it's time for her to sleep in it.

    If it's so many of you loyal Hillary supporters would follow her to the gates of hell, then why won't you help her with her campaign debt. Actions speak louder than blogs and, well, i guess you aren't willing to put your money where your mouth is.

    Obama 08

    August 22, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Hoping for better with Obama

    Bitter midwesterner: how can you possibly believe McCain is a leader? Leader of what? He wants to put nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain, NV, drill off our own coastlines and wilderness, and continue skating on energy policy with the same ol' oil and nukes. Where's the leadership in that?
    Where's the leadership in a man who votes down money for wounded vets – over and over? Where's the leadership in a man who can't remember the difference between Sunni, Shia and Al Quaeda? Do you want him to lead your sons and daughters right into another draft so he can chase Osama to the gates of hell? Wake up, Bitterman – and be careful what you ask for.

    August 22, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Maria A. Dixon, PhD

    Here is what is amazing to me: If you are not voting for Obambi, then you must be a racist. As an African American woman, let's be clear, the problem is that Obama has only been in congress 149 days and those of us who have serious concerns with that are not racist but pragmatic. Therefore his VP needs to be someone who 1) Understands and has shown skill in the legislative process (like actually having sponsored a bill and getting it based and don't give me the Ethics bill thing); Knows how to get down and dirty when it comes to twisting their party's arms for votes; and finally, can stand up and tell it to him like it is. HRC can do all of those things.

    When 40% of your party says you are not our choice. That is a problem no matter how you slice it.

    August 22, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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