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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Barack Obama Chooses His Vice President; Update- USA Today Says Obama Confirms Pick, But Won't Tell

[Update] Found it!!! He told USA Today.

In an interview in Chester, Va., the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said he's made up his mind, but he would not say whether he's informed that person yet. "I won't comment on anything else until I introduce our running mate to the world," he said. "That's all you're going to get out of me."

Obama said it was a difficult decision. "We had some great choices."

Obama said he wanted somebody who is "prepared to be president" and who will be "a partner with me in strengthening this economy for the middle class and working families."

He said he was looking for not just a partner but a sparring partner. "I want somebody who's independent, somebody who can push against my preconceived notions and challenge me so we have got a robust debate in the White House."

Original post below:

Barack Obama told reporters that he has chosen his vice president, but he didn't tell them who he chose.

I heard it on the news but have not found a link yet, will link to a news article when one is put online.

So you have something to read until links become available, Obama did make mention of what his criteria was going to be in an interview.

Hopefully, the same thing that my campaign has told the American people about me. That I think through big decisions, I get a lot of input from a lot of people and that, ultimately, I try to surround myself with people who are about getting the job done and who are not about ego, self-aggrandizement, getting their names in the press, but are focused on what's best for the American people.

I think people will see that I'm not afraid to have folks around me who complement my strengths and who are independent. I'm not a believer in a government of yes-men. I think one of the failures of the early Bush Administration was being surrounded by people who were unwilling to deliver bad news, or who were prone to simply feed the President information that confirmed his own preconceptions.

I guess that takes Biden out of the running.

[Update] Looks like someone from The Moderate Voice must have been watching the same news program, because they heard it as well.

Waiting for the media to catch up online...

More to come.