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Reports: Obama has narrowed VP choices

The odds are improving on a Sunflower connection to the White House. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius remains a top contender for Barack Obama's presidential running mate.

August 20, 2008

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Kathleen Sebelius: Two decades in politics

Kathleen Sebelius is the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services in Obama's Cabinet. She has served as Kansas' governor since 2002 and before that was insurance commissioner and a state representative.

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— Kansans know what the "Final Four" means.

Anything can happen.

And by most media accounts on Tuesday, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is in the "Final Four" of possible Democratic vice presidential running mates.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois will announce his decision any second, or in a couple of days. His campaign has announced that on Saturday, Obama will appear with his new running mate in Springfield, Ill., the city where he launched his campaign.

No one outside a tight group of advisers knows who is under consideration for vice president and who might ultimately get the call.

But it seems that most media covering the campaign have focused on Sebelius, U.S. Sens. Joseph Biden, D-Del., and Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine. Democrats were giving U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., a long-shot chance.

"If Barack Obama could pick someone who he would most like to work with, Governor Sebelius has a very good chance," said state Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence.

Earlier Tuesday, Sebelius was in Warren, Mich., conducting a town hall meeting for Obama. She declined to comment on the vice presidential search.

Kansas University political science professor Burdett Loomis, who worked for Sebelius during her first term as governor, agreed that Sebelius and Obama seem to have a great personal relationship.

But with the campaign tightening between Obama and presumptive Republican nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Obama needs to ask himself "what am I going to get politically?" Loomis said.

While the mention of Sebelius as a potential running mate is a great tribute to her, Loomis doesn't think she would help the ticket much in key battleground states.

Washburn University political science professor Bob Beatty said he believes Biden's stock has risen in recent days because of his foreign policy expertise and the recent Georgia-Russia crisis.

Also, Beatty said, on the campaign stump Biden can be a "tiger."

Both professors said that of the so-called "Final Four" Sebelius probably is the least favored.

Comments

beatrice 6 years, 8 months ago

I'll bet if Obama picked John McCain to be his running mate, McCain would seriously consider accepting. Better a VP than a Senator any day.

lee66049 6 years, 8 months ago

Gov. Sebelius would be a horrible candidate for VP. Under her leadership Kansas gives in state tuition to illegals, and voters want borders closed. Kansas has become a safe haven for third term abortions, voters don't want third term abortions. Kansas Supreme Court has determined the school budget and that went unchallenged by Sebelius. Obama is horrible on national defense and she does nothing to help him in that area. She is terrible on energy and we are in an energy crisis....again. She is just another empty suit.

N_Trenched 6 years, 8 months ago

Sorry Kat, Obama already spilled the beans saying it would be a "he" at his latest town hall meeting. Guess that gives you more time to have lunch with Tiller.

stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 8 months ago

"semi-state of Hawaii"~laughing~almost as funny as the idea that military bases represent American culture...

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

Kansas should hope for Kathleen Sebelius so that Kansas could experience some substantial economic growth. Hopefully Kathleen could get some green energy money into Kansas in spite of our backward thinking elected local and state officials. Leaving economic growth to the Kansas legislature and our local government will be a long slow process because they cannot see the future connected to the green collar industry.Kathleen Sebelius would be a wise choice and might be able to carry Ohio for Obama.

Fatty_McButterpants 6 years, 8 months ago

She probably won't end up as V.P., but I bet she'll get a pretty good cabinet position!

lee66049 6 years, 8 months ago

Who Obama? His campaign can only present a certificate of live birth, not even a birth certificate. No wonder he said we have 57 states, is infavor of conditional unconditional talks, with leaders of Iran, says Israel is a friend of Israel. Geopolitics is not his strong area....Sebelius would be of no help to him in this area.

Scott Tichenor 6 years, 8 months ago

I see the Big Foot and alien abduction believers are out with racist theories this a.m.

average 6 years, 8 months ago

Sebelius would be the strongest declaration of independence from the Clinton years, and the most 'change' candidate. For what it's worth, she has exactly as much foreign policy experience as Ronald Reagan did in 1980 or Bill Clinton did in 1992. My suspicion is that if he was certain to win in November, Obama would pick Sebelius or McCaskill.However, she's not a lock for Brownback's seat. If Jerry Moran can get the nod over Kline or Kobach, he could beat her.

woodenfleaeater 6 years, 8 months ago

As is Whoopi Goldberg. Female and African American....Perfect!

acoupstick 6 years, 8 months ago

"I think he should choose a fellow terrorist, Osama."Yet another classy statement by invictus. Nice.

lawrencian 6 years, 8 months ago

invictus, you need to check with your Civics 101 teacher -- non-citizens aren't eligible to be president, so I'm sure that Obama is, in fact, a U.S. citizen.

stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 8 months ago

averageof course... Reagan had GHW Bush for a running mate, who had extensive foreign relations and intelligence experience...and Clinton had Gore, who had served on both the Intelligence and Defense Committees...

alm77 6 years, 8 months ago

I'm torn. I like her, so I don't want her to leave Kansas. But on the other hand, she'd be good for the country.

Steve Jacob 6 years, 8 months ago

Why would you take a cabinet position when she would be the favorite of Senate in 2010?

stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 8 months ago

good or bad: what has passed as law in Kansas in the past 5 years is the result of Sebelius working with the Republican majority legislature:regardless of what I might think of her or what any one else might think of her: she is generally believed to be able to work with both her own party members and the Republicans:she often disappoints extremists on both sides of issues:this is similar to Obama: as well as McCain:I don't think Obama will choose Sebelius as his VP candidate because she doesn't bring either of the two things he needs in a VP: one being experience with either foreign affairs or defense issues: the other being some one who can deliver their home State:Of the other 3 remaining possibilities:Biden Very strong foreign affairs credentials. Delaware is going to Obama no matter what.Bayh Very strong defense credentials. Some polls in Indiana have shown Obama could take the State and having Bayh on the ticket could tip it that way.Kaine No credentials in foreign affairs or defense. I believe it is likely that if he were chosen to be the VP candidate that Obama would win Virginia.My prediction:Biden

TopJayhawk 6 years, 8 months ago

Has she been playing "Don't drop the soap with Obama?"

RobertMarble 6 years, 8 months ago

The question is pointless. Hussein is finally suffering at the hands of his spotty political record. His ratings have taken quite a nosedive & mccain has pulled ahead.

Mike Blur 6 years, 8 months ago

Invictus is apparently on of those types, like Cokie Roberts, that believes Hawaii (where Obama was born) is a foreign country. Whereas, let's check out where McCain was born....hablamos espanol, anyone?

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

Gov Sebelius has become well informed on energy and realized coal power is expensive,generates radioactive waste and simply not fiscally prudent.She definitely arrives to the nations capitol with a ton of experience in funding education. Tax dollars that pay back. Perhaps she would lobby for substantially reduced interest rateson student loans. Kansas should hope for Kathleen Sebelius so that Kansas could experience some substantial economic growth. Hopefully Kathleen could get some green energy money into Kansas in spite of our backward thinking elected local and state officials.Leaving economic growth to the Kansas legislature and our local government will be a long slow process because they cannot see the future connected to the green collar industry.Kathleen Sebelius would be a wise choice and might be able to carry Ohio for Obama. Not only that she has become an expert in the area of insurance and goes in knowing what to look for regarding fraud. Years and years of experience she takes with her.Gov Sebelius has become well informed on energy and realized coal power is expensive,generates radioactive waste and simply not fiscally prudent.At least Governor Sebelius will be working in an administration that will have a diplomatic foreign policy, policies on economics,environmental,energy and job creation. And Governor Sebelius will remember what Kansas citizens have to offer and will do all in her power to send jobs to this state. Governor Sebelius is well informed.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 8 months ago

The running dogs of the Democratic Party will be eating the bitter kibble of defeat in November. (hyperbole, anyone?)

Fossil4182 6 years, 8 months ago

I think she best allows him to run on his platform of Change. Plus the more of an outsider he brings in, the better chance he has of pegging McCain as a 3rd term Bush, espcially if the GOP VP is a big name politics person. Sebelius can hold her own fairly well and Obama won't have to worry about her getting into trouble. In relation to the article, just remember that KU was the least favored of the Final Four and look what happened there.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

Republican voodoo economics killing the economy!

lee66049 6 years, 8 months ago

Uhh...Merrill sorry to break it to you, but we have been living under democratic budgets for over two years now.....you know the budgets before gas prices went to heck, housing crisis, economic slump....yep, democratic budgets...this budget has 400 billion to prop up Fanny Mae and 800 billion to help the poor outside the US.

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