Obama Visits the Letterman Show

Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois appears on the Late Show with David Letterman. The White House hopeful and the talk-show host discussed the war in Iraq and the field of Democratic candidates running for president.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Now, the Iraq War was one of several topics of conversation last night between Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and David Letterman. On the CBS program the two also discussed other Democratic candidates, including Senator Hillary Clinton. And at one point Letterman posed a hypothetical question about the 2008 presidential race.

(Soundbite of "Late Show with David Letterman")

Mr. DAVID LETTERMAN (Host): But you know what I'm getting to. People will say - they'll say, oh well, this is Barack Obama's - you see, he's only been a senator for two years. So maybe we're looking at some sort of a compromise on the ticket. Maybe he'll be the presidential candidate; Hillary might be the vice president, maybe the reverse of that. Any of that occur at this point or not?

Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democrat, Illinois): You don't run for second. Nah, I don't believe in that. Yeah.

Mr. LETTERMAN: But that would be a powerful ticket. Undeniably, that would be a powerful ticket.

Sen. OBAMA: Which order are we talking about?

INSKEEP: Democratic candidate Barack Obama on the "Late Show with David Letterman" last night. He went on to tell Letterman that all the candidates are, quote, "trying out for quarterback."

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