Obama’s VP Team Makes Hill Rounds

Posted June 9, 2008 at 1:43pm

Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) vice presidential search committee was on Capitol Hill on Monday meeting with Democratic leaders.

A Democratic aide confirmed that the three-person committee will be meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), but did not disclose further details. Caroline Kennedy, Sen. Edward Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) niece, Eric Holder and Jim Johnson sit on Obama’s search group.

The presumptive Democratic nominee has recently voiced opposition to releasing any information on his search for a second-in-command until he makes an official announcement. However, at least one of Obama’s Senate colleagues has signaled that she would like to see his primary challenger, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), on the ticket.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a Clinton supporter, said she would like to see an Obama-Clinton ticket bid against presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), arguing that it would be a “dream ticket.”

Other would-be vice presidential nominees — including Sens. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) — were not on the Hill today, so no personal meetings with them took place.

A spokesman for Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), who has also been mentioned as a potential VP contender, said Hagel did not plan to meet with Obama’s campaign.