Tea Leaf Reading on the Way to the Vice Presidency
By Anne E. Kornblut
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- The Obama campaign offered a rare, concrete piece of information about the vice presidential process on Wednesday, declaring that Sen. Barack Obama is not -- repeat not -- going to Indiana on Saturday.
A web site in Tennessee, nashvillepost.com, had reported that he would make such a trip, citing sources in Denver. That triggered a wave of excitement and panic among the traveling reporters, who have all signed up for the text message that Obama plans to send out to supporters when he makes his pick -- but are otherwise spending their time waiting for clues, however meaningless and small.
An Obama aide, perhaps feeling sorry for the group, stated unequivocally that the report of a planned Indiana trip is untrue.
But it's still unknown at what exact moment Obama will make his announcement, or who it will be. He does have a narrowing window of opportunity: after campaigning by bus in Virginia on Wednesday and Thursday, he is expected to fly back to Chicago, and appears to have open time on his schedule on Friday. Then, on Saturday, Obama is expected to appear in Springfield, Ill., with his selected running mate.
Posted at 2:39 PM ET on Aug 20, 2008
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