August 22nd, 2008
09:26 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/22/08

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  1. Annie

    Mark my words...and you can take this to the bank...Sen. Obama WILL NOT win Ohio without HRC on the ticket...and it looks as if she won't be the VEEP choice. Even if he wasn't MY choice in the OHIO primary, I'll still vote for him. Guess I'll be one of the first in Ohio to work on Hillary's campaign in 2012 when she runs against President McCain.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  2. Tina NYC


    Great story on Obamas half brother I agree with David wake up people there is alot we dont know this person

    August 22, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  3. Pat

    Hillary was vetted as a Candidate. Obama wouldnt' have to vet her for a VP position. I'm not on the text messaging list. Why bother? I can find out just as quickly right here!

    August 22, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  4. Gerry

    Why is everyone overreacting to Hillary not being vetted... whats the point. She, her life, policy, career is an open book. No surprises here. Barack NEEDS the 18MM votes Hillary received.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  5. MaryBeth

    A turtle! Keep her away from Turtle Man!!! Make those wheels rocket-propelled!!

    August 22, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  6. Fay, CA

    A true Democrat would NEVER vote for McCain–they would suck it up, hold their nose and vote for the Democratic nominee as they have done in past elections–why is it so difficult to do now? There is so much at stake, voting for someone who doesn't share your views out of spite is nuts.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  7. Renee

    Nice story about George Obama. He seems like a happy guy. George Bush may go bye, bye but now Obama has a brother George.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  8. Barbara in NC

    Christy – George chooses to live in Kenya and is happy with his status there. We don't know the personal stuff. He may have been offered --– people are proud.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  9. Tony, Georgia

    All this talk of Hillary not being vetted is crazy, they tried to find everything they could on her during the primary season. Her vetting has already been done

    August 22, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  10. Jolene

    I'm sure the secret will leak out just around the same time text / email messages go out.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  11. Heather

    It's so sad.What a hard life to live.What a nice person he is.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Heather, Biden has a few skeletons in his closet.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  13. carole

    Obama/Clinton 08 would be a slam dunk

    August 22, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  14. David

    If Obama NEEDS someone with alot of experience on his ticket nobody should vote for him anyway! Wake up people!

    August 22, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  15. Christy

    How come Obama never speaks about his extended family His half brother I mean look at where this guy lives? I am not voting for Obama no way

    August 22, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  16. Bonnie/St. Louis

    Maybe he does have a spot for her in the administration–but you have to win first. . . what if not picking her for vp is his downfall?

    August 22, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  17. Heather

    If it is Biden then Obama made a good choice.Biden will give Obama the knowledge and experience on a range of issues and subjects.Biden is respected.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  18. Bob Wills

    I know you have ALL decided that there is no way Hillary is the VP. If you are WRONG, and Obama takes a page out of John Kennedy's playbook, could you just spend 60 seconds speculating on the reaction tomorrow and in November? All of you are so certain, I would so love to see you all having mud on your face!

    PS Also please comment on the impact of John Kennedy's only living child chairing Obama's search committee.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  19. MaryBeth

    I think John said it right when he said that it's amazing no one has leaked the secret yet. Everyone knows Washington is as tight as a sieve, concerning secrets.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  20. Tami

    I dont think the txt will come at 3am... I expect it will be around noon EST. In hopes that most of us will be awake

    August 22, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I would find it hard to believe that Obama would not vet Hillary and then pick her. That's just asking for a big skeleton to pop out later. If he doesn't pick her, I'm sure a high percentage of her supporters will stay home, write her in, or vote for McCain.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  22. Tina New York

    Obama is making a big mistake if he doesnt pick Clinton She deserves to be the VP and if he will win if he has her on the ticket

    August 22, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  23. Steve - southern Illinois

    Yes there are people who think it's going to be clinton. If they didn't they would already be protesting.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  24. sarita

    How does Hillary impact the majic board?

    August 22, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  25. Tami

    I think that he has planned this just right. Tomorrow morning he will have a bigger audience then he would during the week when most people are at work.

    I am excited to see who he has picked. I think it will be Biden but will not be surprised if it is someone else.

    I believe Obama will use Hillary in a different role within his administration.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  26. Paolo

    Hi John,

    Nice to see you again on 360. Joe Biden seems to be a reasonable pick, he can compensate for Obama's lack of experience.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  27. Jeff

    Obama's camp said dont be suprised if you are suprised! Obama/Hillary 08!

    August 22, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  28. Jolene

    If Hillary wants to run for President again, experience as a VP would surely be a benefit.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  29. Bonnie/St. Louis

    You know–if the stupuid txt is going out at 3 am–why couldn't he have done it tonight? I'm getting tired of this man–fast!!

    August 22, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  30. Cindy P.

    Why would Barack Obama ignore 18 million voters by not picking Hillary Clinton as his V.P? That would be the logical choice.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  31. Tony, Georgia

    I think a cabinet spot would be better for her ,however he has to get elected first.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  32. Christine, New York

    Hillary was in the bid for the nomination to the very end. What makes Obama think that Biden will drum up more support for him than
    Hillary? Especially when Biden himself didn't get very far in his own bid.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  33. JImmy in California

    Gloria is right. Obama has given in to the Clintons. Now I am of the opinion that he has given them to much. This is supposed to be his time and they (the Clintons) are supposed to be behind Obama for President. I really expect HRC to make an effort to take this nomination from Obama there in Denver and if she does I would think he will have gotten what he deserved for giving in so much to them.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  34. Chanel

    I think there is a personal reason that Senator Obama did not pick Clinton. If they don't get along and he doesn't feel she will do her best to fight for him, then he is smart in not picking her.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  35. Christy


    You can bet on it that there will be some big rallys in Denver and if HRC is not picked I will be going to Denver. There are alot of people waiting on this pick

    August 22, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  36. Jolene

    Will all the people who have signed up for text or email notifications, I wonder if their system can handle the volume.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  37. Heidi, Lou.Ky

    she should take that position ,only "dream ticket "can beat McCain with all do respact for Mr McCain

    August 22, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  38. ross

    Erica, I think Hillary will for sure get some sort of cabinet spot. Probably something to do with the health care field seeing as that is her issues. Actually, in some cases, she may be more effective with a cabinet role concerning health care than as VP. Sure, first woman VP has a nice ring to it, but a cabinet spot may end up being more productive for her.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  39. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Erica, I would think staying in the Senate would give Hillary more power than a cabinet post, unless it was one of the big two, State or Defense.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  40. Mike - Chicago

    Traditionally the Secretary of State position holds a lot of power. Hillary would be great at that! She will be off taking down rogue leaders, shopping like Condi, and best of all she won't be under the same roof as Obama and Biden. Put Hillary on the road!

    August 22, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  41. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    After John King's comment 'do you think we're overthinking this?' I can't help but think this coverage reminds me of sports coverage of some game where there is no dynamic changes.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Obama has been teasing the MSM with the delayed announcement of his VP choice because he knew that it would force them to keep talking about his campaign and that it would garner hm a lot of free publicity.

    Maybe the VP announcement will come in a 3am call.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:34 pm |
  43. Jordan Lowrance South Carolina

    Jolene, Are you kidding me she doesn't have to save face she will be the v.p

    August 22, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  44. Heather

    I dont think its in Clintons DNA to be a veep.She is a former first lady.She is now a Sen.Its either Pres or Sen.If she had said to Obama I want to be your VP she would have looked pathetic and desperate.Shes the Sen of New York.That is something to be proud of.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  45. ScottY

    I think hillary WANTS top spot, not VP (i.e., add me add convention) also, she could serve our country better in senate or supreme court.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  46. Janna

    Erica, I agree. HRC could do much more in a different position!

    August 22, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  47. MaryBeth

    Erica: good point. Maybe Attorney General?

    August 22, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  48. Barbara in NC

    I think Barack has something more important in mind for Hillary. She can do so much more on her own projects. I don't think he snubbed her – I think he sees what SHE really wants to do. She doesn't want to attend funerals, etc.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  49. ross

    I would love to see it be Hillary, but that’s not going to happen. I will be thrilled if the pick is Joe Biden. What a great ticket that will be! I am glad Kaine is not the choice, only for the fact that it would have highlighted the inexperience factor and it would not have helped Obama.

    I hope its not Chet Edwards, I really don’t want to see Speaker Pelosi get her way, she is not my favorite person.

    August 22, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  50. David, Indiana

    Hillary and Obama could do it, they're a strong combination.

    Wow, good question about delegates John King. No Biden delegates at the convention.

    Fay's just mucking up the borders all around, flooding, coming on and off shore, in the gulf, across the FL penninsula, the atlantic, back across Florida, into the gulf again, where's she going next

    August 22, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
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