Barack Obama To Announce VP Through Text Message, E-Mail

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will use text messaging and cyberspace to announce his vice presidential pick.

The campaign announced the move on Obama's website, calling the initiative "Be The First To Know."

Web site viewers can sign up for either an e-mail or a text message. The campaign asks that people text "VP" to 62262 for the announcement, which should come sometime before the convention.

When you sign up for the e-mail on the website, a box appears at the bottom of the screen that appears to need checked. It reads "Yes, sign me up to receive periodic text updates and send me a text of who Barack's VP nominee is:" We did not check the box, and our request for an e-mail notification still went through.

You do have to enter an e-mail address, first name, last name and zip code. While it asks for a cell phone number, that is not required.

When you sign up for the text message, you receive a response that says: "Welcome to Obama Mobile. You will be one of the 1st notified when the VP candidate is selected. Text HELP for help. Std charges apply. Please forward."

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  • by Rob Location: NC on Aug 15, 2008 at 03:39 PM
    Be careful, Obama 08. Be very careful what you wish for.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Aug 14, 2008 at 06:54 AM
    To Love Obama; I hope you are correct. That would insure the electoral map to be 90% red. Good idea!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 13, 2008 at 11:31 AM
    I think it should be John Edwards for vp since he symbolizes what the left wing of the democratic part is. Remember, he was running for president? Glad NC is a red state and will continue to be one. Most NC people aren't that gullible to believe what Obama says. The party of change will leave you just that, change after you pay taxes. Enjoy your paycut, you brought it on yourself. There is no refreshing change here with Obama, just continuation of the social agenda from the liberal democrats. See ya in the gas lines..
  • by Love Obama Location: Greenville on Aug 13, 2008 at 09:55 AM
    My sources tell me that his VP choice is going to be Jesse Jackson.
  • by Concerned voter Location: Greenville on Aug 13, 2008 at 07:26 AM
    How ever Obama presents the vp I know it will be good. I feel a lot of people don't want change but I wish that people know not to be afraid of a black president because he can not do more that the congress allows. So vote for him for not the race of the man but for the issues.
  • by Devil Dog Location: New Bern on Aug 13, 2008 at 04:13 AM
    Rumors have it that John Kerry is being considered. Good grief!!
  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Aug 12, 2008 at 09:26 PM
    Oh and we know it won't be John Edwards!
  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Aug 12, 2008 at 09:21 PM
    All that are complaining, let your vote do your talking. Welcome to the NEW blue state!
  • by Larry Location: Atlanta on Aug 12, 2008 at 11:54 AM
    At the ripe age of 62 The Obama Organization is a refreshing change
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Aug 12, 2008 at 06:05 AM
    This sounds like and unofficial poll tactic to me. The Democrats will try to derive some sort of statistic based on how many people respond to the text message system for the announcement. There will most likely be many statistics generated from this little evolution in the use of technology.
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