Obama (Jokingly) Picks Running Mate

By Ed O'Keefe

Apr 28, 2008 4:35pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Senator Barack Obama has chosen his running mate if he wins the Democratic nomination. Well, not really.

But Jean Weiss, an 82-year-old woman from North Carolina, has gotten closer to joining an Obama ticket than anyone else to-date.

During a town hall in Wilmington, an exuberant Weiss stood up and received the biggest cheer in the room when she launched into a long speech about all the reasons she supports Obama.

"Don’t hit on Hillary," Weiss advised, "Bring us all back. Let her do that stuff. Leave her alone, you don’t need to do that. You are higher than that."

"Will you be my running mate?" Obama answered. "That’s my running mate there, she’s got me fired up!"

The Senator, and his potential Veep, hugged after Weiss stormed the stage and Obama stepped down to greet his biggest fan.

The Senator has been mum in the past about his choice for a vice presidential running mate should he becoming the nominee saying such talk is premature.  Obama has also dismissed talk of becoming a vice presidential candidate himself in the event Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., wins the Democratic nomination.

The idea of a Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton dream ticket has been suggested several times over the course of the increasingly bitter primary fight.  In the ABC News debate in mid-April, neither candidate seemed willing to entertain the notion, and several Democratic heavyweights, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have dismissed it out of hand.

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