Obama Ready to Reveal 'Safe' VP Pick

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2008 8:03 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. waves after a town hall meeting,Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque, N.M.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama will unveil his running mate as early as Wednesday and kick off a tour of swing states before the Democratic convention, the New York Times reports. His pick likely boils down to three politically safe choices, sources say: Sen. Evan Bayh, Gov. Tim Kaine, and Sen. Joe Biden. Some Democrats still hope Hillary Clinton has a shot and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius may be in the running.

Obama all but chose his running mate during a Hawaii vacation while his lawyers vetted names. Now he plans announce his pick in time to maximize pre-convention publicity and steal the spotlight from John McCain. But one Democratic analyst says it's no game-changer: “Vice-presidential candidates can make a marginal difference,” he said, “but they rarely matter in terms of winning a state or region—as Mike Dukakis and John Kerry found out."