August 23rd, 2008
12:45 AM ET
12 years ago

Sources tell CNN: Obama names Biden as Dem VP

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama has selected Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his running mate on the Democratic ticket for the White House, three Democratic sources told CNN.

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  1. Patriot

    McCain's ad opens by turning Obama's housing problem attack back on Obama. The narrator says Chicago real estate developer Tony Rezko, one of Obama's "biggest fundraisers" helped Obama buy his "million-dollar mansion" by purchasing property that Obama couldn't afford. The ad goes on to charge that Obama helped Rezko receive "political favors" including "$14 million from taxpayers," and it points out that Rezko is now a convicted felon.

    It's untrue that Rezko got "$14 million from taxpayers" for himself, as the ad seems to be saying. The "help" to which it refers is a one-page letter Obama signed in October 1998 urging the city housing commissioner to support an apartment project for low-income senior citizens. A copy went to the state housing development authority. The 97-unit Cottage View Terrace, which opened in 2002, was funded with taxpayer money, and Tony Rezko was involved in developing the project.

    August 23, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  2. JC

    He will lose in Nov. for sure.
    No Hillary = No vote for him.

    August 23, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  3. Stevo

    VoteForYourself! I agree...mostly!

    I don't think that a vote for Hilary should be a vote for Obama by default. But I do feel that it is every voters responsibility to select the best candidate from the two available.

    If as an educated voter you select candidate X then great. But if you select a candidate simply based on party, last name, or in defiance...than you have failed your country! Voting is not just a right, it is a responsibility!

    August 23, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  4. Paul Lam

    Excellent Hillary, I am glad that you avoid a losing team. I am a Demoncrat voting Republican this Nov...sound familiar. I think Obama did a huge favor for Republican Party by winning the Demoncract's nomination.

    August 23, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  5. Dani

    Obama should have picked Hillary.
    He's not getting my vote anymore

    August 23, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  6. Chaz

    My vote is gone

    August 23, 2008 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  7. John Air Force Vet

    I recall Obama telling the media that anything we hhear FROM ANYONE but him should not be taken as a fact. He will be the one to tell us. What is wrong with you CNN? You guys are starting to act like a gossip rag!

    August 23, 2008 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  8. Debi

    Great choice Obama. Now let's go on and win this thing. It's the Dems turn. The Repubs have messed things up long enough. My house will be voting Obama/Biden.

    August 23, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  9. shannonL

    did someone say gaffe?

    August 23, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  10. Bidenlicious!

    A new exciting path begins for our country today!

    Today, we lost 1,000 – 10,000 angry, bitter, crybaby Hillary supporters.

    Today we also lost a "hole in the head", which describes exactly how much Obama "needed" Clinton, for "Deb in Texas"

    Today, we began the journey to gain back our country from the ravages of the Bush administration, lobbyists and PACs.

    Today, we gained 1,000 Republican & Independent supporters for every single one of the angry Hillary supporters like "Deb in Texas", "HIllary is the Best with the stuck CAPS key", "cam", and "Terry". We could not have gained them if McCain kept playing TV ads featuring Hillary Clinton's primary comments from now to November ending with the voice over: "even his Vice President said so".
    1000×1000 + 1000×1000 and 1000×10000 + 1000×10000.

    Do the math! [Hint: it's 2 followed by the total number of zeroes. Or use the calculator on your computer]

    August 23, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  11. Patriot

    Getting his own "tax credit" wrong: McCain was badly wrong in what he said about the child "tax credit." The current child tax credit is $1,000, and McCain is not proposing any increase at all. What McCain actually is proposing is a gradual increase in the $3,500 exemption for each dependent child, starting in 2010 and increasing $500 each year until it reaches $7,000 in 2016. On his Web site McCain describes this as a "doubling" of the exemption, but even that is misleading. According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, the exemption is expected to go up to $4,200 per child in that time period under current law, which calls for annual adjustments for inflation.

    The distinction between a tax credit and a tax exemption is both basic and significant. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the amount of tax owed. An exemption is much less valuable to taxpayers, as it merely reduces the amount of income subject to tax. An exemption is also more valuable to upper-income taxpayers, who fall into higher tax brackets, than to middle- and lower-income taxpayers.

    August 23, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  12. Larry O

    One of the greatest damage done to our beloved country USA since the inception of this current administration is in the foreign diplomacy arena. It was made worst when our beloved soldier soldiers, Colin Powell was frustrated out. Senator Biden has been a strong advocate when it comes to projecting a strong, dynamic and respectable foreign diplomacy. As a Vice President, he is surely going to compliment President Obama's generational governance.

    Kudos to the Democrats. Let us rally around these choices and collectively work hardest to bring about the long lost respect our deserved.

    Was a Republican, then Independent but returning to Democratic Party to help produce a president and vice president with visions.

    August 23, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  13. eye's of the wise

    Well Sen,Obama first major decision as a Presidential candidate and HE GOT IT RIGHT !!!!! PERFECT WAY TO BALANCE THE TICKET..JUST WHAT WE NEED IN THIS COUNTRY BALANCE!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  14. Obama/Biden 08

    Is "Your comment is awaiting moderation" a nice way of CNN telling me that they're not going to post my comment? Yep, apparently it was as my previous comment has just gotten erased from this comment board.

    So apparently those racist rants I see on this board are ok as well as the repeated name calling back and forth, but me submitting a comment where I give a g-rated, fair analysis of why someone who had voted for Clinton, would feel compelled to vote for McCain, is... bad.

    You guys are in need of new moderators.

    August 23, 2008 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  15. eric

    obama is a joke...change he says...biden...give me a break...i just read one of the young evangelists he solicited to give a prayer opening night just pulled out...let's bring back the mentor, friend of the bama man...the rev wright to give the america he will pray...and the bama man will and must agree since he subjected himself and his family to the good rev wright for twenty could not be more obvious..the bama man is a fraud

    August 23, 2008 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  16. Stop the Madness

    Vote on the issues – not because your person didn't get the nomination or because he's democrate or republican, or because he's black or too young or too old. If Obama had picked a younger VP – you would have said they are both inexperienced. People love to complain and the world is watching. There shouldn't be any parties to chose from – no democrates, no republicans, no independents – JUST VOTE.


    August 23, 2008 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  17. chad

    Watch out! Here comes Osbama Binladen.

    August 23, 2008 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  18. cynmcm

    I could'nt have said it better " What are they thinking " your right on target, I think people have forgotten what all we have been through in the past 8 years of republicans already.

    August 23, 2008 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  19. Unreadable

    This is actually the choice that I've been hoping for. A wise, sensible choice. I don't care for all the little mean-and-green reasons people have to vote against Obama. Republicans cannot stay in the White House, what kind of idiots are we as citizens if we elected the same people who've been raping our brains and stealing our purses for the last eight years.

    There is no way any sane person can vote the repugnant criminal fraudster outfit called the GOP. It's the party of multimillionaires, extreme religious zealots, pedophiles and racists, the last three groups intersecting a lot lately. A vote for McCain is a vote for Mark Foley and David Duke combined.

    Sane people support Obama.

    August 23, 2008 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  20. McCain=Bush & the return of the draft

    Hey Allen and you pumas, get over it, Hillary is not the nominee. If you were true democrats and not republicans you would support the democratic ticket. Obama and Hillary are on the same team. When will you either join the team or reveal your true republican identity?

    August 23, 2008 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  21. Leilane

    Well good luck to Obama & Biden not my type I will think of McCain perhaps

    August 23, 2008 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  22. little old lady from Ohio

    Who cares Hillary got screwed by Obama-Man and DNC shame on all of you idiots you can take my name off your list...........I am a very bitter female and will be writing Hillary's name on the ballot...Obama knows dam well he is not going to win after all the Hillary Supporters unite and write her name long 4 more yrs of hell

    August 23, 2008 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  23. Bob

    CNN is doing its job,reporting the news as soon as possible? The fact that this story was leaked just as CNN was about to air another story about Obama's brother living in abject poverty, is relavent to the anouncement of Biden for V.P.

    August 23, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |

    @Allen ("WRITE in HILLARY…I WILL NOT VOTE Obama 1st time not voting for a democrate since 1981. I would rather have 8 more years of Bush than 4 years of Obama")

    LOL! That's the most transparently fake post from a Republican that I've seen yet. Grow up, would you please? Fake comments like those simply clog the blogs.

    August 23, 2008 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
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