August 25th, 2008
07:18 AM ET
15 years ago

CNN forces Obama to release VP pick early

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="CNN’s reporting forced the Obama campaign to scrap its original plan."]DENVER (CNN) – Barack Obama planned to name Joe Biden as his running mate by text message at 8 a.m. ET Saturday morning, but was forced to move up the announcement when CNN broke the story after midnight, a senior Obama official said.

At 12:42 a.m. ET, CNN reported that Obama had picked Biden to join him on the ticket. Several other news organizations confirmed the CNN report shortly afterwards.

“Had a certain network not blown our cover at a certain time the text message would have gone out in the morning, 8 a.m. Eastern,” Robert Gibbs, a senior advisor, said with a grin on Sunday. “We told people they would find out from us. When we decided it was going to get out we decided to send the text out.”

Gibbs said he believes despite the fact that the rollout plan had to be altered, a “vast majority of the people” still learned by text message when they woke up in the morning.

Some Republicans and others suggested that Obama’s 3 a.m. ET email had been intended as a deliberate swipe at Hillary Clinton, who ran a primary season ad that referenced that hour of the morning to make the case she was more qualified to handle a breaking crisis.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. B J

    With Hillary getting more votes (not superdelegates), I expect we will never hear again how Bush stole the election? I doubt it.

    August 25, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  2. Lidia

    You may be more balanced than FOX, and I wouldn't dream of listening to that lot. But as the years go by, I listen to CNN less and less, because of little things like this and big things like misreporting what happened in Georgia. There was a time when I got cable just so that I could watch CNN. No more!!!

    August 25, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  3. jeanette from Charlotte

    John King, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO YOUR HAIR??????????????

    August 25, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  4. Obama/Biden 08

    That's not something to be proud of CNN. The Obama campaign did an amazing job of keeping it quiet for as long as they did. Way to blow it for them.

    August 25, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  5. ck

    Hillary cant run a campaign. Obama cant keep a secret.

    Now those 2 are just born leaders, arent they!! ROFL!

    McCAIN IN 08/12

    August 25, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  6. Susan

    The media is destructive! Anything at any cost for a story........ makes me sick!

    August 25, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  7. Pat

    To the Hillary supporters,

    You better think wisely before you vote McCain, if you care at all for Hillary. She is the ONE you will hurt the most. If we do not get a Dem. in the White House, her political career will be over. She will be blamed for this horrible mess we our in.
    Please take the time and look at what Obama is offering you. If McCain is elected we run the chance of losing the women's rights that we have work so hard to get and now he has mentioned bring back the draft.
    I would not be surprised if Hillary is given a cabinet position, if Obama is elected. but if you don't vote Obama, you will be taking that away from her too. Please if you truly love Hillary, vote Obama.

    August 25, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  8. neville beaton

    Why are so many of you ditto heads buffons posing as unhappy democrats.We can all see through your childish crap.You people need to start thinking independly.Stop taking your marching orders from that that garish,overweight,impotent pig.

    August 25, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. Nico Sciscente

    what a bunch of cry babies.......sore losers are what I call those Hillary supporters who are still holding know what......either you are a loyal democrat or go vote Republican and enjoy another 4 years of crap!! the way...........I've renamed's now the Crappy News Network.........if you're going to show McCain ads which are blatant lies and not denounce them and let the your viewers know that in fact they are lies then you are a worthless, disrespected news network and I will be following the rest of the campaign on alternate networks!!

    August 25, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  10. dave in RI

    Shame on you CNN!!!! What gives you the right to announce something that should have rightfully been Obama announcement to make, not yours. Now to be fair, you better do this to McCan't also.
    Go ahead and print this one, if you dare, you have so protective of your blogs and "journalists" that you are actiing like Bush, anything negative toward your organizations can not get out. I use to respect you, byt you have gone too far this time.

    August 25, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  11. Chris

    The best laid plans of mice and weasels often go awry.

    August 25, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  12. EBC


    It's amazing that CNN constantly acts like this Presidential race is about THEM? NO ONE cares what CNN thinks!!! Bottom line. CNN is just reporting this nonsense for "ratings" purposes. Come on people, do you really think CNN is not ALL ABOUT CNN? The media networks are NOT about the TRUTHS, their ALL about their ratings and doing everything and anything to raise their numbers!!!

    August 25, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
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