August 19th, 2008
08:54 PM ET

Evening Buzz: ??? for Vice President

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/06/22/campaign.wrap/art.obamamccain.gi.jpg]Maureen Miller
360° Writer

It's VP decision time. Any day now we expect Senators Barack Obama and John McCain to name their running mates. Tonight, Republican sources tell CNN that two key McCain aides have been calling activists to get their feedback on several possible VP picks, including former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. "If he picks Ridge, the convention blows up, you will have a base completely demoralized," said one activist. "And it will be viewed that he is ceding the future of the GOP to a liberal Republican. It would be a disaster," the activist went on to say. The republican base doesn't like Ridge because he's pro-choice. But do you think McCain is planning a VP surprise?  Would a McCain-Ridge ticket interest you?

As for Obama's VP pick, Senator Joe Biden is trying to weaken the buzz surrounding his name. He told reporters outside his Delaware home today, "You got better things to do guys. I'm not the guy." But he could be just playing around. We'd like to know who do you think Obama will pick as his vice presidential nominee.

Also tonight, a story we've been following for months, the so-called Terror Watch List.

Since the September 11th attacks the Department of Homeland Security has tried to make sure no known terrorists ever get to board a commercial airline flight again.  But the problem is too many law-abiding people are finding their names on the terror watch list, including our own investigative reporter Drew Griffin. Since he did a report on his predicament , dozens of CNN viewers have written to tell us how they're caught on the list, too. Three of those names caught our attention, because they're the same.  And, one of them is just 8-years-old.

All that and more starting at 10pm ET.
Hope you'll join us.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Maureen Miller • T1 • The Buzz
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Sandy, Arkansas

    Hey, do any of you remember the Reverand Wright saying he wasn't running for office but he might consider the Vice Presidency!

    Seriously, the candidates need to pick someone who would make a good President and someone the American people want a heartbeat away from the office. It should not be about personal preferences, but about Party (and Country) unity and welfare.

    August 20, 2008 at 10:48 am |
  2. Bill

    We only need Obama to go with Biden and McCain to go with Rice, and we'd have the ideal race/age mix, though McCain would have a gender advantage.

    August 20, 2008 at 10:40 am |
  3. Phil in KC

    Last night, Mark Halpern named the usual suspects then said added an "or", referring to a darkhorse. When Erica asked him who, he said he did not know.
    I would suggest to Mr. Halpern that he look at Jay Rockefeller as the dark horse "or" candidate. Look at his qualifications, look at the geography and then look at the convention schedule. He is scheduled to speak the same night as Biden and Bayh.

    August 20, 2008 at 9:27 am |
  4. Catrina

    I just hope Obama picks The best person to do the job.

    August 20, 2008 at 4:00 am |
  5. Naomi

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if McCain picked Biden. Now that would make the most sense.


    August 20, 2008 at 2:11 am |
  6. Gina Barkel

    Please tell me why McCain has not considered Mike Huckabee for his VP, I am sure he is pro life and he is younger and seems to be more to the left and to me it only makes sense for McCain to at least consider him. It would certainly broaden McCain’s voting audiance. I am a democrat and if McCain wins with Huckabee as his VP it would not be so bad but if he wins with any of the possibilities he has on his short list I'd rather die! I'd also like to hear why Obama has not put Richardson on his short list; he needs a younger VP to run with. I want Obama to have Clinton or Richardson as his VP. God give me something! I really liked Obama until he came out with his short list of old men or the unknown guy, now I am hoping for McCain to choose Huckabee and I will vote for him, the VP really matters to us boys!

    August 20, 2008 at 1:44 am |
  7. Colvard

    No way in hell should Obama fall for all the blackmail and intimidation that the Clintons have been pouring on them - that Jed Clampett look-alike (Bill Clinton) has been bad-mouthing and threatening Obama and Obama, the classy gentleman that he is, has remained silent about the pushy Clintons. No way do we people of intelligence want to see another phony, bug-eyed, big-mouthed, fake surprised expression on Hitlery's face, and that stupid slack-jawed, mouth-breather HillBilly - both make a terrible appearance, and Obama is too smart to pick those two (they're joined at the behind - that's why Hitlery wears those huge pantsuits - Bills in there with her).

    August 20, 2008 at 1:24 am |
  8. Faith Pa

    Mr. McCain needs to be careful regarding his pick for VP. He can not anger the "good ol boys" before he is elected. I beleive his best bet is Romney for many reasons. Obama can pick anyone that the Democratic machine tells him to. Let's not kid anyone this is not his decision. No matter how many times he tells us it is. Byden will overshadow him because of experience. Bye(I think I spelled that wrong. Sorry) will go around him to get things done with and for the parties best interest. The Clinton's friend from Mexico who turned his back on them as soon as he saw the way the wind was blowing from the DNC will do the same to Obama eventually should he have to choose sides. So good luck on a democratic pick. We may not have 4 more years of Bush but we will have 4 more years of nothing getting done if the democrats win and continue the power struggle in the party. A life long democrat , I have been and shall be . Just not sure I will vote that way or at all. Hilary we miss you.

    August 20, 2008 at 12:57 am |
  9. Ron , Berkeley , Ca.

    Obama needs Hillary R. Clinton .... that is if he want`s to be the next president.... She`d be like a pit bull, she`s tough, very intelligent, and a winner in my book.
    As for John McBush, YUK !!!...

    August 20, 2008 at 12:43 am |
  10. Esteban, Daly City, CA

    If Obama chooses Richardson or any of the other so called top choices, he'll lose for sure. Without Hillary he is just a pathetic "What do I do now President' depending on the wisdom of the voulchers around him who will end up calling the shots. He already proved he is a scary little whimp when it comes to making the 3:00 a.m. call. "Pick up the phone Michelle I just left for the bahamas."

    Obama is President material...Be real

    August 20, 2008 at 12:34 am |
  11. J.V.hodgson

    Hi all,
    All this speculation is just to fill media time during the quiet period before the conventions and in both cases it will be a personal choice and political necessity for Obama and political and religious necessity for McCain, the latter of which is a very sad commentary on American politics.
    Democrats. It is a pity that neither Powell or Gore are on the list!? That leaves either Biden or Nunn. Obama does not need to choose HRC because she will face the problem of overtly supporting him ( creating the catharsis) or causing disaster to the democrats who would lose many potential upcoming Senate seats they could win and later losing House seats.
    Republicans. McCain, probably his best choice is Romney, since as you say he cannot afford to even remotely damage his religious position. Purely politically Ridge might be best but even that screws him on the economy. Gosh its amazing to think that one mans view on Pro life, pro choice, can decide this appointment.
    Finally, nowhere in US history has a presumptive candidate had an ex president even remotely connected to his Presidency, the reason and logic is obvious whose the President? Let the catharsis HRC proposes occur at the convention, then discuss it if you must based on fact and reality. Having said that the delay worries me and Gergen may be right.

    August 20, 2008 at 12:27 am |
  12. Paf

    If Obama wants to win, his chance, and only chance, is Hilary as the VP. There is no other VP candidate that can make this happen. Obama and his suporters should know this at this time. To say that Bill Clinton will be a problem in an Obama-Hilary administration is naivity as well as an insult to Obama and Hilary themselves. These bias and misinformed pundits (and Obama supporters) are clearly saying that Obama is not strong enough to call the shots once he wins as president, and this is a show of ignorance on how much they know about Obama. They should just say that they don't like Hilary as VP, not concoct all sorts of unfounded reasons or diatribes against her.

    August 19, 2008 at 11:54 pm |
  13. S.P.

    Is there any reason former Sen. Bob Graham of Florida has not been mentioned? Florida offers more electoral votes than Delaware, Virginia, or Indiana; Sen. Graham brings the experience of a former governor and foreign policy expertise as the former chair of the Senate Inelligence Committee; and, like Sen. Obama, he was smart enough to read the intelligence reports to conclude that invading Iraq was unjustified and would be disastrous for us. None of the other names being floated can bring such a winning combination.

    August 19, 2008 at 11:36 pm |
  14. Ola

    I am so glad it is politics as usual. I am also glad Roland and Donna has decided to stop wasting their time being on the show because it is so obvious that the good "ole boys" are in full bloom now that this election gets closer and it is no longer Hillary and Obams. I really don't think David Gergen knows who he wants to support, at first it was Obama but now that he is the actual nominee, he supports Hillary as VP and McCain as President, my god. I will definitely vote for Obama, but I hope McCain wins so that the people can see that they would rather have another Bush than actually support a man who really wants to be the people president. THIS ELECTION IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHATS IT LIKE TO BE "BLACK IN AMERICA". The only thing I will campaign for and vote for after this will be for all Blacks in America to give up on the Democratic Party so the people of the U.S. can live in the world the white man rules since they are the only ones who's opinions matters. If Obama loses I hope he will never run for President again.!!!

    O McGill
    North Carolina

    August 19, 2008 at 11:35 pm |
  15. jeff

    i watched joe biden being completely disrespectful at the presidential address a few years ago. anyone that disrespects the office is disrespecting our country and i will not vote for obama if he picks biden. biden has a long history of being self serving, pompous, and doesn't speak for the people like me=average american. obama is an attractive candidate but he can do better than joe biden.

    August 19, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  16. Tony S.

    I don't understand why the media is down playing Sen. Hilliary Clinton for the best choice for VP. Most of the public or voting Democratics know nothing about these other VP candidates. If Obama wants to really win the Presidency, he really needs to listen to the most popular of the voters (Demo) choice, and not listen to what the media is trying to down play (Clinton). I believe Obama really will not win with any other VP candidates and may lose votes. Sen H. Clinton is much stronger than the other candidates. I have no idea who this J. Biden guy is, never heard of him until this election. SEN. HILLIARY CLINTON IS THE MUCH BETTER CHOICE. I hope Obama makes the correct, most intelligent choice.

    John McClain sounded so much like the typical politician on the Saddleback interview. He said things that sound good, and it seem so rehearsed. Said things that most people want to hear, but it was not sincere.

    Obama gave an honest, from the heart interview. He answered the questions that seem much more sincere and REAL. No man can totally erase evil, that is GOD's job. Osama Bin Laden is NOT the only evil in the world. And all middle eastern or Islamic people are not evil. No, I am not Islamic, I was raised as Christian. When u judge a group or religion, this sounds like the words of 'bigotry' or 'prejudice'.

    August 19, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  17. john

    McCain will make a strange decision.

    I am curious why McCain's decisions to not pay his home taxes for 5 years is not talked about as an example of his ability to lead.

    August 19, 2008 at 11:10 pm |
  18. Azeez

    Hey Bloggers. Dont forget special report "REVEALED @ 8 and 9:30" 2morrow night...

    Have a good evening!!!

    August 19, 2008 at 11:03 pm |
  19. Azeez

    For the past 2 year all i have heard about are Sr. McCain military background. If thats the case he can run for the Sec of defence office.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  20. Ronald Allen

    Obama&Hillary so exicited the country, There is no doubt that they know in thier hearts that in order to do the tasks they believe in they must stick together.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  21. patrick

    obama would rather loose the war than loose the american economy, something john mc cain knows nothing about..

    August 19, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  22. Dana H. from Bay Area CA

    I think it may be a good idea if Obama took Hillary as VP because even though I didn't vote for her in the primaries, I know she would take care of all the necessary things that Obama can't get to. She would also be a good front on Health Care and other Economic issues. Also I could care less if he satisfied the Hillary voters because the one's that wont vote for him because he didn't choose her aren't true democrats anyway. But it may help him. If he decides not to make her VP I'd still vote for him because voting for McCain would be just ignorant. I still find it hard to believe that someone that finished 894th out of a class of 899 in the Naval Academy would still make it into the military. But then again it was the Vietnam war and they were probably taking anybody. I can't even begin to wonder what kind of an IQ that would have been to be number 6 to last in your class. I can understand why he would follow bin laden to the gates of hell. Only a fool would follow someone that's more then willing to go to hell if they could take you with them. I wouldn't be surprised if we were in 4 wars by the end of McCain's 1st term if he became president. He couldn't even give explanations to his answers during the forum. Instead he gave a stump speech like he was in a town hall meeting. Obama is starting to annoy my though with constantly move to the right just to satisfy a group of people. Especially with drilling for oil. There's only a few Americans that could only understand that drilling for oil off shore will not help. Even an oil man with 50 years of experience had said so. But most American's do not have enough understanding to see that. McCains answer to lessening our dependence is more drilling. How does that make since, when the problem is we are addicted?

    But in the end, it doesn't matter who Obama picks really because regardless he will upset someone. McCain... it doesn't matter who he picks because I will still not vote for him...

    August 19, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  23. Glenn

    Sen. Obama will pick former Senator Sam Nunn (GA) as his Vice President. He will ask Senator Joe Biden to be his Secretary of State. He will ask Sentor Hillary Clinton to consider a justice spot on the Supreme Court. He will ask Gen. Collin Powell to consider Secretary of Defense. He will offer a cabinet position to Sen. Chuck Hegel or a Supreme Court position.

    Sen. McCain will pick Mitt Romney as his Vice President, but the Christian Right will oppose him because they consider Mormonism to be a Cult and not a Christian religion. McCain will ask Sen. Joe Libermann to be his Secretary of State to continue the Neo-consevatives march to war against Iran (scary).

    August 19, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  24. Azeez

    Senator Obama first big decision before the white house!!!

    I am so excited!!! 🙂

    August 19, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  25. Larry

    I would not be surprised if 'pick me ! pick me!' Bill Richardson ends up on Obama's ticket, can you see him a heartbeat away from the presidency?

    Any vp selection by McCain probably better be ready to become POTUS should McCain win as his heartbeat away is more likely to present itself.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  26. Annie Kate

    I think Tom Ridge would be a disastrous choice for McCain to make – I would not like the choice at all – to me picking someone that is pro-choice after making a statement that his administration is going to be pro-life just negates what he said. Which do you believe?

    I hope the VP choice is revealed soon so we can quit speculating and get back to some hard news. And I agree with the commenter that said anything that goes wrong in Obama's campaign will be blamed on the VP – that was one reason I hoped he would not ask Hillary and if asked she would not take it. I'm glad she is out of the running for this one.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 19, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  27. Michael

    I am wondering if the buzz about Joe Biden, Tim Kaine, and Evan Bayh is just a "smoke screen" when in fact he announces Hillary Clinton is his choice for VP. I know everyone in the media has all but written her off, but politically she is the strongest choice.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  28. Susan K.

    If Obama chooses Biden as his VP then there will be one group of people who will be very, very happy – McCain and the Republicans. Obama will seal their win by picking Biden. What does Biden bring to the table?

    August 19, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  29. theresa

    Choosing Hillary will seal a Democratic victory, and if I were Obama, I wouldn't risk NOT choosing her. He needs her to win.

    August 19, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  30. Susan

    Senator Obama & former Senator Sam Nunn = complete ticket

    Senator McCain & former Gov. Mitt Romney= complete ticket


    August 19, 2008 at 9:58 pm |
  31. Kenny

    I have sat and watched all these people saying what they will and will not do if McCain picks VP #1 instead of VP #2 or if Obama picks VP #1 instead of VP #2 and it is amazing that while we all have our choices of who we would like to see chosen but the nominee cannot choose and please all. Even in the choice of HRC by Obama will not satisfy everyone. The person chosen has to be the choice of the Nominee because he or she must be the one the Nominee wants to and feels the most comfortable working with. I hope people will come to understand this soon.

    August 19, 2008 at 9:56 pm |
  32. David Jung

    Sigh, these days Americans don't have a variety of good politicians to believe in. I hope Obama picks Hillary, even though that isn't a likely choice since she's so radical. She's a strong, intelligent leader that knows how to get the job done. We don't need a nobody that the public doesn't know about.

    August 19, 2008 at 9:56 pm |
  33. Presley

    "Would a McCain-Ridge ticket interest you?"

    YES! Why? Well, I'm a little twisted like that. I don't want to see him shoot himself in the foot per se, BUT it would make for some epic and stunning drama. I love good drama. More viewers, More Options, MORE VOTERS! I think it would be lucrative, smart and open up a new part of the voting public for him, especially those of us still not on a team. Contentious? Oh you betcha. Controversy if channeled right, is a productive commodity.
    I'm not on anyone's side yet however.
    Have a good show. ♥

    August 19, 2008 at 9:50 pm |
  34. Betty Ann , Nacogdoches,TX

    Obama/Hillary '08!!!!!!!!!!
    Just you wait! 😀

    August 19, 2008 at 9:49 pm |
  35. Larry

    I'm waiting for the 'revealed' show on the wives; we know everything about Cindy McCain, but what do we know about Michelle Obama's Chicago Hospital salary and Barack's big $$ earmark to the hospital when he was chairman of the Illinois State Senate Health Committee.

    August 19, 2008 at 9:48 pm |
  36. seah ohio

    I feel sorry for who ever accepts obama's VP position.

    Obama has always been one to blame people, if he does not win the poor VP choice is going to be the fall guy.

    If Obama wins the VP is going to be blamed for anything that goes wrong.

    Obama never ever takes responsibility for anything that is not good.

    August 19, 2008 at 9:26 pm |
  37. Sarah ( Florida)

    I am so sick of politics.

    August 19, 2008 at 9:25 pm |
  38. barry

    did you get aload of bill m on larry tonite... thank you bill ...he gets it..obama can name biden or who ever else but no one will excite the party like hillary clinton.. go ahead Obama ignore her and her supporters and you will find us voting for John McCain. McCain showed his leadership saturday evening and Obama showed his inexperience...Can't wait to see Sen Obama next flip flop....You need Hillary...Biden wont do it..By

    August 19, 2008 at 9:20 pm |
  39. Gina - Missouri

    I am anxiously awaiting the announcement of VP choices. Can't wait to see tonight's show!

    August 19, 2008 at 9:04 pm |