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Obama Begins Search For His Running Mate

From an overjoyed Associated Press:

Officials say Obama starts search for running mate

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Likely Democratic nominee Barack Obama has begun a top-secret search for a running mate, fresh signs that the general election campaign is well under way and the primary race against Hillary Rodham Clinton is basically over.

Obama has asked former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson to begin vetting potential vice presidential picks, Democ(AP) — ratic officials said Thursday. Johnson did the same job for Democratic nominees John Kerry in 2004 and Walter Mondale in 1984.

The Democratic officials spoke on a condition of anonymity about a process that the campaign wants to keep quiet.

Vice presidential searches are usually closely held secrets, but Obama campaign officials say the effort is being handled by a particularly tight circle of advisers…

Obama’s campaign refused to talk about who was being considered, but possible options are Clinton; governors such as Arizona’s Janet Napolitano, Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas and Tim Kaine of Virginia; foreign policy experts like former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd or Delaware Sen. Joe Biden; or other senators such as Missouri’s Claire McCaskill and Virginia’s Jim Webb.

He could look outside the party to people such as war critic and Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel or independent New York mayor Mike Bloomberg. Or he could look to one of his early prominent supporters such as former Sen. Tom Daschle of South Dakota or try to bring on a Clinton supporter like Indiana’s Evan Bayh.

Johnson’s role running the veep process was first reported on TheAtlantic.com.

What a tough role to fill. After all, there aren’t too many people who could play second banana to the Messiah.

(One supposes that Mr. Obama considers his soulmate Mr. Castro to be too old and frail.)

Of course it is most likely that this is just a subtle message to Mrs. Clinton to drop out of the primary race now or lose any chance of being the great man’s VP.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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