According to aides, Sen. Barack Obama has settled on his choice for a running mate and could announce his choice in an early morning alert to supporters as soon as Wednesday.
Obama issued a command to staff members that his decision not leak until supporters are notified. In fact, neither his choice nor any of the others had been notified late Monday. Aides said his top possible candidates include: Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana, Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia and Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware.
As Obama gears up for the Democratic National Convention next week, his announcement will be made with text and email messages early in the morning to take advantage of a full day’s news cycle. He and his running mate will then begin visiting swing states. Plans call for them to be on the trail together for much of the time between the day of the announcement and the day Obama arrives in Denver, next Wednesday.
MCCAIN TO NAME VP AUG. 29
On the day after his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination, Republican presidential candidate John McCain plans to celebrate his 72nd birthday by naming his running mate at a rally in Ohio on August 29.
Possible choices include former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Friends say he has not yet made a final decision and is not expected to do so until after Obama announces his.
According to one campaign official, “McCain views this as the one decision that he has total, utter, nonnegotiable control over.” McCain reportedly talks about the decision with almost no one and has chosen to wait until Obama’s selection is announced.
The Republican National Convention begins Labor Day in St. Paul, Minnesota.
OBAMA: I WILL WIN
Sen. Barack Obama raised nearly $8 million at three fundraisers in California on Sunday.
He told a crowd of about 1,300 at his third event of the evening, “I will win. Don’t worry about that.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called him “a leader that God has blessed us with at this time”.
In a speech to the crowd, Obama said:
“Now, you want to win. And saying it doesn’t make it so. It would be nice to think that after eight years of economic disaster, after eight years of bungled foreign policy, of being engaged in a war that should never have been authorized and should never have been waged, that cost us a trillion dollars and thousands of lives, that people would say, let’s toss the bums out. Toss the bums out, we’re starting from scratch, we’re starting over. This is not working.
So I understand why a lot of folks are saying, this should just happen. Why are we having to run all these television commercials? Why do we have to raise all this money? Just read the papers. These are the knuckleheads who have been in charge. Throw ‘em out. But American politics aren’t that simple.
The fact of the matter is, at a certain point, when government has not been serving the people for this long, people get cynical. They tune out. And they start saying to themselves, a plague on both your houses. They are willing to consume negative information more frequently than positive information, for good reason. They’ve seen how promises haven’t been kept.”