Democratic Party vice presidential candidate selection, 2008

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This article lists individuals who were potential Democratic Party candidates for Vice President of the United States in the 2008 presidential election prior to the selection of Joe Biden by the party's nominee Barack Obama. After he became the party's presumptive nominee on June 3, 2008,[1] Obama formed a small committee, made up of James A. Johnson, Eric Holder and Caroline Kennedy, to help him select a running mate.[2][3][4] Johnson announced he would step down from the vice-presidential vetting position on June 11, 2008 in order to avoid being a distraction to Obama's campaign following a controversy over his business ties.[5]

Vice-presidential nominee[edit]

Biden and Obama in Springfield, Illinois after Biden's formal introduction as the running mate

On August 23, 2008, via text message, the Obama campaign reported that the then-presumptive Democratic nominee chose Joe Biden as his vice-presidential running mate.[6]

Short list candidates[edit]

Media near where Joe Biden was residing during speculation that he may be the Democratic nominee for Vice President.

Various news sources had listed persons thought to be on Senator Obama's short list for Vice President.

Initial candidates[edit]

Contenders for 2008 presidential nomination[edit]

Governors[edit]

Senators[edit]

Other political figures[edit]

Denied interest[edit]

Final list[edit]

In the final days leading up to the Democratic National Convention, four individuals were left on Obama's final list for Vice President.

On August 22, the eve of Obama's scheduled unveiling of his running mate, NBC News reported that Bayh and Kaine had been informed that they were not chosen.[20] Last minute controversy emerged as it was learned that Senator Hillary Clinton was never vetted for the position, when it was earlier thought that Sen. Barack Obama would consider her as he previously stated in various private and public reports.[21] This led to several questions as to whether Clinton supporters would feel betrayed and would defuse the intensity in "dream ticket" scenarios.

That night, ABC News reported that the U.S. Secret Service had assumed protection of Biden, which was seen as a sign that he had been chosen as Obama's running mate.[22] Just hours later, the Associated Press broke the news that Democratic Party officials had confided that Obama had in fact selected Biden as the vice-presidential nominee.[23]

Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe later wrote in his book The Audacity to Win, which was published in November 2009, that Bayh had been a "coin toss" away from becoming Obama's running mate. Plouffe and David Axelrod had interviewed the finalists and Plouffe said that Bayh's answers were "substantively close to perfect, if cautiously so." He recalled that at the time of the interview he thought to himself, "there's no way this guy will color outside the lines... Bayh's up side and down side are probably the closest spread of the three", compared to Biden, who could "reach higher heights but could cause us real pain." As Obama approached a decision, he told Plouffe "it's a coin toss now between Bayh and Biden, but Kaine is still a distinct possibility." On August 17, Obama told Axelrod simply, "I've decided. It's Biden."[24][25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ See "Obama VP Vetter Tied to Controversial Mortgage Crisis", http://blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/2008/06/obama-vp-vetter.html?loc=interstitialskip, USA Today, 9 June 2008
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  13. ^ Hemmer, Bill (March 28, 2008). "Is Gore-Obama Ticket a Possibility?". Fox News. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
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  17. ^ Kumar, Anita, Craig, Tim (June 15, 2008). "Mark Warner Rejects VP Talk, Wants Senate Seat". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
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  19. ^ Broder, John M. (2008-07-07). "In Case You Ask: Webb Declines Veep Role". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
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  23. ^ "McCain taps Alaska governor for VP - Yahoo! News". News.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2008-09-05. [dead link]
  24. ^ "Bayh was about a 'coin toss' away from being veep, book says". IndyStar.com. November 1, 2009. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Sen. Bayh lost 'coin toss' for VP slot – Legislative notebook". Evansville Courier & Press. November 1, 2009. Retrieved October 10, 2014.