Holder: Maine’s Cohen was on veep list

Posted Oct. 23, 2009, at 5:10 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says former Maine Sen. William Cohen was considered as a possible running mate with Barack Obama before the 2008 election.

Holder, who was legal adviser to Obama during the Democrat’s presidential campaign, made the comment during a lecture named for Cohen at the University of Maine on Friday.

Holder was on a committee that recommended a choice to Obama. He said Obama had mentioned Sen. Joe Biden as a possibility, but told the committee to go ahead and come up with names. Cohen, a Republican who had served in Democratic President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet, was on the list.

Asked if Cohen was on the short list or long list, Holder said, “I would say he was on a relatively short list.”