June 17th, 2008
10:38 AM ET

An analysis of who Obama won't pick for his vice president

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Marisa Treviño
Latina Lista

The question of who will eventually be Barack Obama's running mate is much more of a nail-biter than John McCain's choice.


Because of an issue that has reared its ugly head and has shown us that even though we live in the 21st Century, we are still not without prejudice when it comes to choosing a Dream Ticket.

On the CNN political news site, there is a page devoted to possible Democratic vice presidential candidates. The list was culled, according to the site's editors, from names mentioned in various published articles.

The group is comprised of governors, senators, mayors, former military officers and cabinet post holders. In total, the site considers 29 possibilities. Of those 29, there is one Hispanic (New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson) and 5 women.

It's curious to note that there is not one African American or Asian considered a serious nominee...

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  1. Bryan

    As a registered Democrat I am furious with the actions of the Democratic Party and it's leaders. Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Richards and others are destroying the party. I'm outraged at the lack of support for Senator Clinton during her campaign and the bias attitude of the Party and the media towards her. Many in the party who had long standing friendships with the Clintons threw Hillary under the bus at the last minute in order to stand along side Mr. Popular. The nominating process of the Party needs to be reformed and the Super Delegates should remain silent until called upon.

    To me a vote for Obama is a vote condoning the actions of the Party and it leaders and I will not and cannot condone any of it.

    In November I will walk in as a registered Democrat, vote Republican, then register as a Independant.

    Howard Dean and the entire Democratic Party should be ashamed!

    Los Angeles, Ca.

    June 18, 2008 at 12:13 am |
  2. Johnwpb

    I have such respect for Obama, but him without Hillary is not wise, why? consider McCain is considering "Gov Crist" a popular Gov I might add, enough for alot of us Dems to vote for him and "Mrs. Dole" as two of his possible choices, ladies are already flocking to him and he is painting himself well a better picture though we all see the same that it is not right for us. Then the hiring of Patti Solis Doyle a slap in the face to Hillary and moreover to the Dems, why because apparently she could not run a good campaign for Hillary I haven't seen a bad choice like this since well "Current President" hmmmm
    We need both only one equals a tight race both equal a landslide.

    June 17, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  3. ed

    i know that i hope he does'nt choose clinton because i plan on writing her in on the nov. election. if i knew more about how to i-report, blog and all that other computer crap i would be telling all her other supporters to do the same, she would win the big states and the ones you need to beat both mccain and obama, so that real change could take place not just a bunch of hope that obama thinks he can do.

    June 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  4. jim

    It wouldn't matter who he wouldn't pick. Since he made the racist remark "typical white person" , it matters who he picks. I predict if he is luck enough to win/ It will be Jeremiah Wright. Everybody knows Barack is a racist. It is Anderson Cooper who has amnesia and sweeps that racists remark under the carpet. If Mc Cain said typical blackperson, it would be front page headlines at CNN until the election!!!!!!!! Got you Anderson Cooper!!!

    June 17, 2008 at 8:08 pm |
  5. JC- Los Angeles

    In far too many political discussions, the subject of race and the convenient use of it to advance certain agendas is extremely troubling. As a multi-cultural candidate, Barack Obama had a golden opportunity to tap into the diversity of our country. I couldn't quite figure out why he wasn't tapping into this side of his being. Once we were subjected to his pastors, it became obvious. He just doesn't identify with all people. Unfortunately, it was his spirtual advisors who actually shined a bright light on racism and race. In America today, our country's tapestry is comprised of hundreds of different nationalities and races which helps make this country so special. It's time we stopped speaking of race in the singular and start speaking of races. Candidates are still using race in the context of black and white. What about the asian community? Many own companies, educate their children at the finest schools and contribute immensely to the USA. How about Hispanics? They too contribute in immense ways. As for a Vice President, race should not even be considered. After being let down by leader after leader, the American people deserve someone who understands how to accomplish any agenda, period. We deserve an apology from our leaders, however, knowing that that's wishful thinking, we will all settle for someone who can represent all people regardless of gender or color.

    June 17, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  6. Larry

    If ever the dems had the 'go directly to the white house' card it is this election. There is no way that John McCain can possibly be seen as a contender to the throne. Its not that McCain is such a terrible republican candidate, but he is worse than obama who is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Obama has 3, make that 2 things going for him; age and race; McCain has 2 things going against him, age and race. As far as education goes, neither have advanced degrees in anything.

    Hey Barack! The key is under the mat.

    June 17, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  7. Susan


    Senator Obama whole campaign theme has been about the coming together of all the diverse groups that make up the US electorate to deal with the many issues WE all have in common. Picking a VP that looks like he is pandering to any particular group would ( to me ) be counterproductive.

    It would be wise if Senator Obama went with a VP that had a particular kind of skill & knowledge set. A person with military and foreign policy experience would help to close the gap in his resume on those issues.

    Just my thoughts !


    June 17, 2008 at 12:46 pm |
  8. Mary Madison

    Re the comment about there being no african american or asian on Obama's vp list, let's get real here: America is barely ready to elect one minority. Both Pres and VP ensures a negative fear vote and a loss of the White House to Dems yet again. We're making progress in race relations but there's still a ways to go. Another curiosity while we're on the subject, where is McCains 'minority' daughter? We see his blond wife and blond daughter but not his 'other' daughter. Did she opt out of campaigning or was she opted out?

    June 17, 2008 at 12:35 pm |
  9. Kent,Illinois

    Obama doesn't have to pick a running mate until McCain does. The Republican convention happens before the Democrat's convention. You have to pick your VP BEFORE your convention.

    Obama will have the advantage.........................

    June 17, 2008 at 12:26 pm |
  10. Kent,Illinois

    I agree with the story. It would be great if Obama could ask someone like Colin Powell to be his VP. Most agree on Powell's experience and qualifications. But, the ticket would have a hard time winning. This country is just getting used to Obama as President. Many "white people" are worried about repercussions for past things they have done to minorities in general. I'm white.................I know many white people think this way. They are also worried about equality. Many white people enjoy the feeling of superiority they feel over minorities. They enjoy the "inequality". It is delusional, but real for them.

    Obama's VP must be a "white male". Someone like Rendell. The VP must be someone the caucasion population, who have dominated the White House, can identify with. Hillary will be a part of the Obama Admin., just not the VP. Obama 08

    June 17, 2008 at 12:20 pm |
  11. Michael, NC

    I agree Cindy-
    racism and sexism are prevalent in our nation, and are likely to be for years to come.
    Unfortunately, I disagree with the main focus of this article when the writer speaks of the number of qualified blacks, hispanics, latinos, women, or any other group. They are just not represented, and that is a fact. You can't fight numbers, and if a candidate chose a less qualified running mate just to appeal to the equalitarian side of viewers, they would be committing nothing more than racism or sexism in itself.
    Stop trying to make the parties all about you, and let the election play out like it has for the past forty-some elections. History has already been made, don't apply stress to an already stressful situation.

    June 17, 2008 at 11:54 am |
  12. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Yes racism exists. My friend’s boyfriend and I were having a discussion about Hillary and Obama back when PA primaries were coming up. He just couldn’t vote for Obama. To him Obama was the biggest idiot on the earth and if he were to become President he would move out of the country because we were all going to hell. I tried to ask him why Obama was such an idiot and he could not give any reason besides, you think hope is going to save this country. He honestly wouldn’t know what to do with himself if a black man were to be President.

    I don’t think people realize they are racist but I am sure some will not be voting for Obama just because of his race and use every other ridiculous reason to justify it. Likewise I’m sure many blacks will vote for Obama because of his race. What can you do?

    Obama should choose a VP that brings the most to the table in accentuating his message and that he feels most comfortable working with. His decision should not be based on gender, race, or age. This country would be so much further along if we could just focus on things that matter instead of things we have no control over.

    June 17, 2008 at 11:28 am |
  13. Carol B., Virginia

    Obama is lucky to have a loyal circle,who has his back. That's good they're helping to hold his cards close for now because there's probably going to be some uproar over who he chooses. Look at the frenzied speculation of short lists, long lists and lists of lists right now.

    June 17, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  14. Cindy

    Racism is still out there unfortunately so it will matter a lot as to who Obama picks as his running mate. I don't think that it will be a woman either. I just don't think he'd take the chance of having a woman on the ticket because then you will have the race and gender cards playing. Sexism is as bad as racism is in this country. Actually sexism is more tolerated than racism! So whoever he chooses he better get it right!

    And I have to say that I didn't really care for any of the choices that were on the political page.


    June 17, 2008 at 10:48 am |