Two members of Barack Obama's vice presidential-vetting team met separately Monday with the top Democrats in the Senate and the House of Representatives, surfacing publicly for the first time since they were tapped to help the presidential contender select a running mate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's spokesman, Jim Manley, said Jim Johnson and Eric Holder spent about 30 minutes with the Nevada Democrat in his Capitol office. He spoke after the two men were spotted going into the lawmaker's second floor office in the Capitol.
Manley declined further comment.
House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office made no announcement of her session with Johnson and Holder, who comprise two-thirds of the team that Obama announced last week would help steer him through his search for a running mate. Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of slain President John F. Kennedy, is the third member of the group.
Neither Reid nor Pelosi has figured in speculation about a possible running mate, suggesting that the day's conversations were designed to seek advice or perhaps serve some other purpose.
The selection of a running mate is a top priority for Obama, as it is for Sen. John. McCain, the Republican nominee-in-waiting.
McCain stirred interest when he held a barbecue at the end of May at his Arizona home and invited three potential running mates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and their wives.
Obama has fielded numerous questions in recent days about perhaps offering Hillary Rodham Clinton a spot on his ticket. The former first lady suspended her own presidential campaign on Saturday and issued a strong endorsement for the man who edged her out in a marathon race for the nomination.