Obama ISO VP Who Can Govern

Dem says he won't choose based on home region
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 27, 2008 1:09 PM CDT
Sen. Chuck Hagel, right, a Nebraska Republican, talks with a U.S. officer of Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan during his visit with Sen. Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/US Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan, HO)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama won’t pick a veep based on trying to win a specific region, he said today on Meet the Press. Instead, he’ll focus on “somebody who can help me govern,” Politico reports. The Dem also complimented both Clintons, saying the former first lady “would be on anybody’s short list.” Meanwhile, on This Week John McCain attacked as “political” his opponent’s timeline for withdrawing from Iraq, AP notes.

Chuck Hagel shot back at his fellow Republican on Face the Nation, saying, "It's just not responsible to be saying things like that." The senator also defended Obama’s decision not to visit a military hospital in Germany, Politico reports, saying that it would have looked like the candidate was using “those soldiers as props.” (Read more Barack Obama stories.)