Is Obama hinting that his VP pick will be male?
As speculation rages over who will be Senator Obama's vice presidential pick, ABC News pointed out one possible clue: Obama has sometimes been referring to his hypothetical Vice President as "he."
"I won't hand over my energy policy to my vice president, without knowing necessarily what he’s doing," Obama told an audience at a North Carolina town hall meeting Tuesday evening.
Obama is usually gender-neutral in his vice presidential projections, with notable speculative picks being Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. More recently, however, Obama's pool is said to be down to three men: Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Virginia Governor Tim Kaine. Independent Ralph Nader was sticking to his Tuesday prediction that Obama will pick Senator Clinton.
"My vice president also will be a member of the executive branch," Obama added at the meeting, "he won't be one of these fourth branches of government where he thinks he's above the law."
Bloggers Adam Fogle and Lawyer Mama are putting their money on Kaine, a personal friend of Senator Obama. Fogle cited a source that told him that an emergency line-of-succession meeting with high-ranking Virginia officials was held at Kaine's office, while Obama campaign volunteer Lawyer Mama noted Kaine's "pro-life and pro-guns" credentials to help bring in the conservative vote. Kaine also spent last weekend stumping for Senator Obama in town hall meetings across Virginia.