Obama veep selection to be announced early next week?

The LA Times Top of the Ticket blog writes about an email the Obama campaign is sending out to those who signed up for email updates from the website telling them they can sign up to be the “first to know” when Obama announces his VP running mate:

Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, is on vacation in Hawaii tonight. We believe. But, thanks to loyal Ticket reader Mark, just minutes ago we learned that the freshman senator’s presidential campaign has confirmed that announcement of Obama’s running mate choice is very near.

An e-mail just sent out says Obama “is about to choose a running mate.” And when word comes, it will come by text message, e-mail and on the campaign website. An interesting twist that could mean the word might be released this week even during Obama’s family vacation.

The announcement will surely come before the Democratic National Convention starts in Denver on Aug. 25. It could even come while the candidate is on vacation, scheduled to end next Friday. If not, that leaves a 10-day announcement window of Aug. 15-25.

The traditional scenario would be for Obama and his pick to appear at a grand joint announcement somewhere with their families and dozens of TV cameras.

However, if hypothetically the announcement was to be made dramatically via cellphone texts, e-mails and the Obama website, the two candidates would not need to be together.

I seriously doubt he’d announce his VP selection while sunning and funning in HI.  I anticipate an announcement early next week in an effort to blunt whatever momentum McCain might have gained from having this week all to himself.

Related to all this, USA Today has an article up today about how the pasts of several VP contenders for both McCain and Obama are being scoured. 

Let’s hear some predictions: Who’s Obama going to pick? My $$’s on VA Gov. Tim Kaine.  Virginia is a toss-up state at this point, and would be a feather in the cap of Obama, who desperately wants to show that he can win key Southern states.

Your thoughts?

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