Monday, August 18, 2008

Sebelius off VP list?

Sebelius to Iowa Thursday - off VP list?

Barack Obama's campaign today announced a three-stop Iowa visit Thursday by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, one of the names that's been on his vice presidential short list.

With time running out before next week's Democratic national convention, this could be a hint that Sebelius is off the list, since she'd presumably need to appear at a big roll-out rally with Obama if she were selected.

Or, to take another approach to the tea leaf reading and Kremlinology of vice presidential selection politics, could the Iowa stops be auditions?

Not likely. The three stops Thursday are relatively small events, and a running mate appearance is usually big. Sebelius will talk pay equity at a Des Moines lunch, hold a meet and greet at an Indianola deli, and campaign in Waukee with 4th Congressional District candidate Becky Greenwald.

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