Obama on His Veep Thinking

As the Democratic Convention looms, the presumptive nominee talks with TIME about choosing a Vice President

Callie Shell / Aurora for Time

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama conducts an interview with TIME in Albuquerque, N.M.

TIME: Your speeches seem to be getting far tougher.

Well, it's getting to be crunch time. Now is the time where people are going to start paying attention, leading up into the convention, and we've got to make sure that people understand the choices that are at stake. I have consistently run a campaign based on the promise of America, where I think we can take this country, on energy independence, on providing health care for all Americans, making the economy more fair.

And over the last several weeks, I think what we've been getting from John...

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