Obama VP Pick Imminent, Campaign Message Hints

But spokesman says it's 'just an email'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2008 8:27 AM CDT
Barack Obama arrives at a replica of a 12th century Buddhist temple named Byodo-In Temple in Hawaii, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008. Would Obama interrupt his Hawaiian vacation to announce his VP choice?    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama supporters got an email from campaign manager David Plouffe last night saying the senator was “about to make one of the most important decisions of this campaign—choosing a running mate,” and urging them to sign up to be the “first to know.” Will Obama interrupt his Hawaiian get-away to pick his VP? Not likely. “Sometimes an email is just an email,” Obama’s communications director told the Washington Post.

More likely, the email is just attempting to add more email addresses and telephone numbers to Obama’s databanks, giving him more ways of contacting, and mobilizing, supporters. Conventional wisdom dictates that neither candidate will make a choice during the Olympics, but this has been a highly unconventional campaign.