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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Veep Tea Leaves: As Veep Choice Nears, Obama Hires Speechwriter

On the heels of a New York Times report that Barack Obama may announce his vice president as soon as Wednesday, there's more evidence that the staff for his pick is nearly complete.

The latest addition is Jeff Nussbaum, who announced in an email to friends that he has signed on as the traveling speechwriter for the vice president -- whoever that may be.

"I don't know where I'll be going, or who with, but I hope that it ends with a big party in Chicago, and a pair of dynamic new leaders for our country!" wrote Nussbaum.

Nussbaum is a well-known and well-regarded presence on Capitol Hill, having served as a longtime speechwriter for former Sen. Tom Daschle (S.D.).

Before joining the vice presidential team, Nussbaum will head to the Democratic National Convention in Denver to help coordinate the speech writing there.

"At the conclusion of the convention, instead of hopping on my flight back to DC, I've just been asked to hop on a plane with the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate," writes Nussbaum in the email.

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