The Huffington Post reports:
Last week I communicated to Senator Obama and his presidential campaign my firm intention to remain in the United States Senate, where I believe I am best equipped to serve the people of Virginia and this country. Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for Vice President.
At this time I am also renewing my commitment to work hard to make sure that Senator Obama wins both Virginia and the presidency this November. He is a man who speaks eloquently about our national goals and calls for the practical solutions that must be put into place to obtain them. I will proudly campaign for him.
Barack Obama’s vice presidential selection team has begun to ask potential candidates for information and documents, a signal that the formal vetting phase of the search process has begun.
Last week, members of the team gave Sen. James Webb of VA a list of what they needed to begin their investigation of his background and career. Webb refused, telling them that he did not want to be considered for the position.
Jim Webb has been a fantastic Senator. I’m sad he’s taken himself out of the running — he would have brought a lot to the ticket–but I’m glad he’s doing everything he can to get Barack Obama elected and to continue fighting for the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
As the list narrows, the mystery deepens–who will Barack Obama pick as his running mate?