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Sebelius said to be among VP finalists

Obama close to announcing running mate

August 19, 2008


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— Barack Obama will publicly disclose his vice presidential choice in the coming days, though the Democrat is keeping most aides who are preparing for the announcement in the dark and is giving away nothing to voters as he campaigns. Obama was believed to have narrowed his list to four names, including Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

The Illinois senator has staffers in place to aide the No. 2 and his or her spouse, including more than a dozen seasoned operatives who have set up shop in a section of the campaign's Chicago headquarters. They are running through various logistical scenarios involved in taking over the relatively normal life of a person unknown to them and thrusting them into the unrelenting glare of a presidential campaign.

Besides Sebelius, the list is believed to include Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh. While it seemed increasingly unlikely that he would choose his vanquished rival, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, some Democrats speculated Monday that he could pull a surprise and choose her.

Former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle, a close Obama adviser, said Monday he had given the campaign personal information needed to examine the background of potential vice presidential nominees but was confident he wouldn't be selected.

"I did give : documents a long time ago, but these matters have been resolved for a long time now as far as I'm concerned," Daschle told The Associated Press in an interview.

Only Obama, his wife, Michelle, a handful of his senior-most advisers and his two-member search committee know for certain who was on the initial list, who made the cuts, whose backgrounds were researched, whose names were floated to divert the media - and who Obama ultimately will choose.


BigDog 9 years, 8 months ago

It won't be Sebelius. She adds nothing to the ticket as far as shoring up Obama's weaknesses. It would also be a slap in the face of women who are major Hillary supporters.She campaigned steadily in Ohio and Obama was crushed there in the primary by Clinton.She is really jockeying for a position in the administration .... Secretary or an ambassadorship.

BigDog 9 years, 8 months ago

Clint actually Brownback is looking at that as a possible next political campaign. Even with his star seeming to be starting to fade in the state talk is he will run. Depending upon what other Republicans decide to get into the race, this could get quite interesting. Ron Thornburgh has already formed an exploratory committee and has been raising funds for more than a year.

cato_the_elder 9 years, 8 months ago

Sebelius would be the worst choice that he could make. Go for it, Barack.

dumas 9 years, 8 months ago

Hmmm ... I would lay odds that Sebelius will finish her term and then make a play for U.S. Senate when Brownback decides to run for governor in 2010.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 8 months ago

"It won't be Sebelius. She adds nothing to the ticket as far as shoring up Obama's weaknesses. It would also be a slap in the face of women who are major Hillary supporters."She would shore up his chances in Ohio, her home state and a major swing state, and might even help take Kansas-- not too many electoral votes, but taking away 6 "safe" Republican votes would be significant. She would also help with women voters, even those who supported Hillary Clinton, especially if Clinton doesn't want to be VP-- she'll have a lot more power and influence as a Senator-- and very actively campaigns for Obama.

staff04 9 years, 8 months ago

Wow. Racist much?On topic, if Obama chooses Sebelius, which I personally think is not his best option, he wins Kansas and Ohio. Smart? Maybe...

Jim Williamson 9 years, 8 months ago

The only thing Sebelius has going is great hair and she would reinforce the message of change. Obama needs to pick someone of substance and experience.

texburgh 9 years, 8 months ago

Yes, the 68% of Kansans who voted for her - including an enormouse number of faithful Republicans will be laughing I'm sure. Madmike and jmadison live in a fantasy world.

BigDog 9 years, 8 months ago

If Obama wins Sebelius will not be in Kansas in 2010. She has spoken semi-openly about her desire for a position in the administration.Talk privately with some of her top staff or her close Democratic Party friends and they will tell you the same.

staff04 9 years, 8 months ago

What polls?The 68% that voted for Sebelius is the best indicator.

ASBESTOS 9 years, 8 months ago

"Gore-lieberman won::"No they did not, it was even in the SCOTUS.

BigDog 9 years, 8 months ago

What indication show that Obama will carry Kansas with Sebelius on the ticket? Polls sure have not indicated that.

purplesage 9 years, 8 months ago

Sebelius alienated what little support she has in the conservative western part of the state with the craziness of vetoing those bills for generating sations - which, as we all know from our electric rates, equates to well paid jobs.The selection of Kathleen Sebelius as a running mate would answer the question of wheter the senator from Illinois is ready to lead with a resounding "NO!"

BigDog 9 years, 8 months ago

Not even the most optimistic pollster believes Obama can take Kansas with Sebelius on the ticket. They have polled here and he would still lose the state by 10-12 percent.He would be better off taking most of the others major candidates mentioned before Sebelius. Kaine, up and comer from a state (Virginia) that has been Republican but is play and more in play with him on the ticket. Also from the South .... an area where Obama could use help.Joe Biden - experienced especially in the area of foreign policy and homeland security, been on the national stage, grew up in Pennsylvania (a key state for Obama to win), Can be a bit of a loose cannon though.Evan Bayh - former Governor of Indiana, national experience, sits on Armed Services and Intteligence Committees, banking and business related committees. More likely to help in Ohio than Sebelius.

jonas 9 years, 8 months ago

staff04 (Anonymous) says:"Wow. Racist much?"Much and much.

Mkh 9 years, 8 months ago

It's going to be Biden.Sebelius may get a position in the Administration, she has been moving up the food chain quickly since her participation at the 2007 Bilderberg Conference, which is probably how she got in the possible VP circle to begin with.

cato_the_elder 9 years, 8 months ago

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cato_the_elder 9 years, 8 months ago

Bozo, you have previously stated that there is no way that Obama can win in Kansas, which is why you're voting for Nader. Have you changed your position?

cato_the_elder 9 years, 8 months ago

DL, I responded to your offensive, ad hominem post, but my response was removed. Suffice it to say that the subject at hand among the earlier commenters was the potential vice presidential candidates that had been discussed generally in the media, which could not have included any of the names you offered. Anyone reading the posts would have been able to see it. That is, anyone but you.

jmadison 9 years, 8 months ago

We can only hope that the rest of the country can see Gov. Sebelius for what she is.

Scott Drummond 9 years, 8 months ago

No way Sebelius gets the nod, he's made too much of an effort to woo the abortion folks & she would simply undue any progress (if any) he may have made. Also a slap at Hillary. If the rumors & trial balloons being floated this afternoon are any indication, it may not matter who Obama picks. If Cranky Gramps picks St. Joe it's probably not going to matter anyway. An inconceivable decision, but one I hope McCain makes. Maybe he needs Joe around to correct him on things. Maybe Obama could pick Kerry & McCain could pick Liebermann. Then we'd have 3 and 1/2 Democrats to choose from.

dirkleisure 9 years, 8 months ago

cato_the_elder (Anonymous) says:Sebelius would be the worst choice that he could make. Go for it, Barack.-------------------------------------------------Wow. Speaking in absolutes isn't something bright people do.For example, it would be worse for Obama if he were to choose Bill Clinton as his running mate. It would be worse for Obama if he were to choose former Senator Mike Gravell as his running mate. John Edwards? Former CA gubernatorial candidate Gary Coleman? Both worse.Additionally, the idea of picking a running mate to try and swing an individual state is woefully dated. Was Dick Cheney chosen to help in Texas or, ahem, Wyoming?

dumas 9 years, 8 months ago

Clint ... Sebelius has never run against Phill Kline. However, she did beat social conservative and Republican Tim Shallenburger in 2002 and Republican Jim Barnett in 2006.I would hope Brownback wouldn't pull off a win for governor if he runs. I can't imagine that Thornburgh will be willing to sit on his hands yet again ... the dude has planned on running for governor but in 2002 that originally meant running against Stovall ... who then dropped out of the race. I seriously doubt Thornburgh is going to take a back seat for another four to eight years. But he's a moderate and Brownback is a socially conservative Republican. So ... split party.As for Sebelius, I could see her being tapped to be part of the administration.

BigDog 9 years, 8 months ago

This poll ... don't you know there is a poll for everything like this. This was even before some of her issues with the church and her hosting of Dr. Tiller at the Governor's mansion (my guess is it didn't significantly impact it, maybe a couple percentage points worse but nothing huge).

Scott Drummond 9 years, 8 months ago

My guess, is it is Biden. The fact that the announcement is apparently going to come in Ill. on Saturday, suggests it is not a choice designed to carry an individual State (i.e. Virginia or Indiana.) Biden goes to Illinois and seals the foreign policy gap in Obama's background. He'll also be a formidable attack dog. The kooks will dog him as too liberal (who knows maybe he had an aging communist babysitter once upon a time) or even neo-marxist, but that's unlikely to win the day. The country is not much in the mood for a continuation of bush's brilliant approach to running the country.

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