He’s done it! After several weeks of waiting, Barack Obama has finally decided on a running mate for his 2008 presidential campaign.
But WE still don’t know who he’s chosen. Obama’s refused to share his decision with the public.
“I won’t comment on anything else until I introduce our running mate to the world,” he said to CNN on Thursday. “That’s all you’re going to get out of me.”
He’s expected to make an appearance with his running mate on Saturday in his political home state of Illinois.
This past week heavy speculation has swirled around two main contenders, Delaware Senator Joe Biden and Indiana Senator Evan Bayh. A third candidate, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, has also been mentioned as a prime possibility.
What Obama really needs is fence voters, southern voters and all of those Clinton supporters. Biden would bring a lot of expertise in foreign affairs and relations, something Obama needs very much, and could help to sway some fence voters.
Bayh would help Obama nab some southern and fence voters, but many Democrats don’t like the idea of Bayh being on the ticket. In fact, as soon as Bayh’s name was mentioned as a possibility, various online petitions were launched largely because of his centrist views and the fact that he backed the Iraq war. Regardless, Obama seems to have a thing for him.
It has also been reported that John McCain may choose Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman as his running mate, seeing as he is one of the top contenders. The 66 year-old Senator is slated to speak at the GOP convention, and has been campaigning with McCain quite a bit; the two, as of late, have been inseparable.
His inclusion in rumours has worried many republicans and outraged many democrats. Republicans worry his pro-choice attitude toward abortion will defect some conservative voters, while democrats are furious that a former member is aiding a republican candidate garner independent voters.
Regardless of either candidate’s choice, the fact remains, the world will soon be a better, smarter place without President George W. Bush. And that’s something on which everyone can agree.