Obama Expected To Name Running Mate Today

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama prepared to name his running mate, perhaps as early as Friday, from a small field that included at least one dark-horse finalist.
Democratic officials said little-known Texas Rep. Chet Edwards
was one of the few Democrats whose background was checked by
Obama's campaign and he was a finalist for the job.
Among others mentioned: Govs. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Kathleen
Sebelius of Kansas, as well as Sens. Joe Biden of Delaware and Evan
Bayh of Indiana.
Obama was to disclose the name to the world through a text message that could be sent at any time before a massive rally in Springfield, Ill., on Saturday, where he will present his No. 2 to the nation. The two then will undertake a pre-convention tour of battleground states.
The Illinois senator refused to say who he chose but gave some hints in an interview aired Friday.
"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 policy-making.
Although it appeared unlikely, Obama's vanquished rival Hillary Rodham Clinton still could emerge as his No. 2, and it was possible that there were other wild card prospects beyond Edwards who could
emerge. Among them: GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, who traveled
with Obama to Iraq and Afghanistan; Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry,
the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, or Democratic Sen. Chris
Dodd of Connecticut.
Edwards is a favorite of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who praised
his "extraordinary credentials" on ABC's "This Week" on Aug. 3 and said: "I hope he will be the nominee."
One Democratic official with knowledge of the conversation said
Obama told Pelosi recently that she would be pleased with the choice. Other Democratic officials said he was on the short list. All spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss Obama's selection process.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by to melissa Location: just a guess.... on Aug 26, 2008 at 03:34 PM
    To Melissa, just a guess, but did you grow up military by any chance? The lack of correct grammar (it would be wife's, not the PLURAL wive's) could be a dead giveaway. (Military life - moving from place to place, low incomes, not alot of schooling, etc....need I continue?) It always humors me that the majority of Republicans can't seem to speak or write properly, and they support people who think they are better than their voters........just something to think about.....
  • by steve on Aug 26, 2008 at 03:05 PM
    You libs are still mad at 2000 when your pathetic gore lost Whah!!!!Whah!!!! Go watch the moron Micheal Moore movie about 2 dozen times it will make you kook libs feel better.
  • by Response to 'curious' Location: Lexington on Aug 26, 2008 at 10:09 AM
    So what if his middle name is Hussein. What's your's? Bubba? Maybe someone with a little ethnic diversity will turn around this country in a way that our so-called leaders have failed to do for 232 years.
  • by Republincan Always Location: Lexington on Aug 26, 2008 at 06:26 AM
    It's funny to me that so many people have decided to get political this year. Too bad they haven't educated themselves earlier about the DNC. If so, they would keep in their little confused world. I would be ashamed to care "this time," when you never cared before. I truly believe this race has been made about race only by the democrats and those supporting a dem agenda. The Republicans have ran a clean campaign and have only attacked obama where it counts, his lack of experience, liberal voting record and filp flopping. However, the dems have certainly played the race card this time around. They are only destroying the dem party more than it already is. Divided, the dems Fall.
  • by melissa on Aug 26, 2008 at 06:06 AM
    Biden, was just a pathetic attempt to gain a sympathy vote(talking up his former wive's accident), and a even more pathetic attempt at a military vote,, (my son is a Cpt in the reserves)..lol.. what a joke.. stil nothing to prove these people are capable of being President.."Where in the world is Obama"....umm i think it was Hawaii..
  • by me Location: ky on Aug 26, 2008 at 05:52 AM
    Who cares? Race, gender, knowledge.....we poor people will suffer regardless of which nut gets it !!!!!!! last time I checked there was poor people of all race and gender.Get it together America before we are told every move to make and have no rights at all!
  • by Never a Bushie Location: Kentucky on Aug 25, 2008 at 05:44 PM
    "Quit playing the race card; nobody on the republican side is" ...... this gets the title of most hilarious joke of the day. If only it were funny.... if only it were true. Pubs are counting on the racist vote. I have come to automatically delete any emails from republican acquaintances because they are all filled lies as well as racial and religious persecution. As I delete them I offer up a prayer that the ones who are so easily mislead and quick to forward be healed of their ignorance. And the idiots who go around saying they aren't ready "for blacks who think they can start taking over". Doesn't just make me ashamed of Kentuckians, it makes me ashamed of whites. Find a republican who has a track record of standing against the worst man to ever disgace the Oval Office instread of siding with him for years and then hastily putting out some bull-excrement farce of a campaign commercial and maybe we'll give it a thought. And we're sure not holding our breath while waiting.
  • by curious Location: ky on Aug 25, 2008 at 05:43 PM
    do you know his real name is barack hussein obama need i say more?
  • by steve on Aug 25, 2008 at 03:49 PM
    If you where smart you would not be a liberal i assure you.
  • by David Location: Kentucky on Aug 25, 2008 at 11:20 AM
    Change? Funny from Flip Flop Barack. Maybe he's decided to flip flop on change too? This is a joke of a choice, a Washington insider of two decades , big change. I actually respect Biden somewhat, Obama there is NOTHING to him or about him I like or respect. He is a RADICAL LIBERAL and has NOTHING to do with my beliefs. The message of change would have been easier to believe if say Barack would have ventured for a difference than what he has ran his lying mouth about for over a year now. Get this joke of a ticket out of the news because I am so over Barack. Please VOTE McCain 2008.
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