Barack Obama names VP pick – It’s Hillary Clinton
By LIZ SIDOTI
Associated Pass Writer
Several newspapers including the New York Times and Washington Post are now reporting Barack Obama has chosen Hillary Clinton as his Vice Presidential running mate.
The suspense was ended shortly afterward with the announcement by text message Friday afternoon of his vice presidential running mate.
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s prospects remained a mystery several days ago, although senior aides said the Obama campaign requested financial and other records from her.
Three days before the party gathers in Denver to nominate Obama for the fall campaign, several officials said Rep. Chet Edwards, whose district includes President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, had made the list of finalists. Sens. Joe Biden of Delaware and Evan Bayh of Indiana were also in the mix, as were Govs. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas — and any unknown others Obama had managed to keep secret despite intense scrutiny.
Obama, his secret his own, went to the gym for a morning workout before heading to an office in Chicago to polish the convention acceptance speech he will deliver next Thursday night.
Obama told reporters on Thursday he’s already made his choice, and aides have used the prospect of a text-message announcement to try and attract additional supporters by soliciting their cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
The Illinois senator has arranged a joint appearance for Saturday with his running mate, Hillary Clinton, at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
Hundreds of miles to the west, carpenters, electricians, sound stage gurus and others transformed the Pepsi Center in Denver into a made-for-television convention venue.
Tucked away in one corner were thousands of lightweight rolled cardboard handles, meant to allow delegates to wave signs bearing the names of the ticket.
“Obviously, the most important question is: Is this person ready to be president?” Obama told “The Early Show” on CBS. Second, he said, was: “Can this person help me govern? Are they going to be an effective partner in creating the kind of economic opportunity here at home and guiding us through some dangerous waters internationally?”
And, he added: “I want somebody who is going to be able to challenge my thinking and not simply be a ‘yes person’ when it comes to policymaking.
Associated Pass writers David Epo in Denver, Glen John in Boston, Rand Chase in Greenville, Del.; Bob Lew in Richmond, Va. Scott Lind in San Francisco and Jesse Holl in Washington contributed to this report.