Obama makes veep search team official

The identities and work of the people helping Barack Obama pick a running mate had once been a closely guarded secret, but no more.

Published June 4, 2008 8:12PM (EDT)

Hillary Clinton hasn't conceded yet, but Barack Obama is the presumptive Democratic nominee and he is, naturally, acting like it. One of the ways he's doing that is to announce his vice-presidential search team, information his campaign had previously been trying to keep secret.

The team will be made up of three people: Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, Eric Holder -- who served as a deputy attorney general in Bill Clinton's administration -- and former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson, who helped both John Kerry and Walter Mondale conduct their search process.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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