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Veep race down to the finish line


[ The New York Times][1] says Sen. Barack Obama has "all but settled" on his choice of running mates and now is orchestrating the announcement, which almost certainly will come by week's end. Many sources (including the [Associated Press][2]) say Obama will choose one of four people - Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius - but the New York Times has the list of possibilities down to three. The Times' pundits trimmed Sebelius from their list but noted that the Kansas governor, "who has been under steady consideration" by the Obama campaign, still is a possibility.¢¢¢[Dan Balz of the Washington Post][3] also suggests that Sebelius may be playing the role of a token woman on Obama's list of finalists. "He (Obama) dares not have a final list of candidates that does not include a woman, given Hillary Clinton's historic campaign and the importance of the women's vote to his hopes of winning in November," Balz writes. "Yet he risks a major backlash among Clinton supporters should he pick a woman other than Clinton."¢¢¢On the other hand, [ The National Journal][4] says commentators shouldn't count Sebelius out yet. "Of all the Dem short-listers," it says, "Sebelius appears the most in sync with Obama's policy views." She's pro-choice, has promoted green policies and worked on expanding health care, to name a few. ¢¢¢Whether she's Obama's choice or not, Sebelius will be busy this week spreading the candidate's message. The governor was scheduled to be in [ Michigan today][5] and [ Iowa on Thursday][6] to make campaign appearances on Obama's behalf. [1]: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/19/us/politics/19veep.html?bl&ex=1219291200&en=821fa71a1e16176c&ei=5087%0A [2]: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gxVW-aUPQsPkU0JKEleSPNCyxSsAD92L63600 [3]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/18/AR2008081802691.html?hpid=topnews [4]: http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/archives/2008/08/longshot_or_sen.html [5]: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080819/NEWS04/80818084/1215/NEWS15 [6]: http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/blogs/politically_speaking/?p=583


Steve Jacob 9 years, 8 months ago

I can't believe Joe Biden is still on the list. Sure he would bring international relations experience to the ticket, but the guy is more of an "elitist" the Obama. That's not what he needs, he needs a moderate, boring guy, and Bayh is perfect (I do still say Hilary, but that looks out now).

janeyb 9 years, 8 months ago

Why do the interview with the Rev. Rick Warren and then choose Sebelius as his running mate? The Tiller/Sebelius relationship is sure to run off all the voters he was trying to recruit. Unfortunately, for both candidates, the Vice-Presidential pool is as empty as the Presidential pool. I'm still calling Caroline Kennedy as his VP choice. His campaign wouldn't call her in to grill her or investigate her, they would crawl on their hands and knees begging her.

JonKU 9 years, 8 months ago

Tribble Ad Agency is reporting that Sebelius has been chosen as VP. Cites leaks from ad agency personnel and also that obamasebelius.com has been registered by the Obama campaign. The story states that while other similar domain names have been registered with names of other possible contenders, this is the only one which can be traced back to the Obama campaign.http://www.tribbleagency.com/?p=1747

BigPrune 9 years, 8 months ago

Rumour has it that Sebelius is the pick for VP. The announcement is set for Wednesday morning, hump day, so as to catch all the women midweek and carry past the weekend on the news shows. Obama figures he will then carry Kansas' 7 electoral votes and the positive press of a red state turning blue will show that change can happen. Hoping to carry this change in attitude nationwide and pull off an upset in Florida which McCain is leading by just a hair. Obama also wants the Catholic vote, even though Sebelius excommunicated herself by her pro-abortion views. Then again , it's just a rumour.

Ann Gardner 9 years, 8 months ago

Interesting link with an interesting rumor, JonKU, but the source seems a little questionable. In a Google search of Tribble Ad Agency, the words "spoof" and "parody" come up. We'll keep an eye on it.

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