Sun Aug 10, 4:35 PM Pacific
Barack Obama to announce VP choice directly to supporters
It sounds like Barack Obama will be announcing his VP selection online -- the campaign just e-mailed supporters a notice to sign up to receive the formal announcement.Be the First to Know
Barack is about to choose a running mate, and he wants you to know first. You have helped build this movement from the bottom up, and Barack wants you to be part of this important moment.
Sign up today and we'll send you an email announcing Barack's running mate.
It seems like there's three reasons to do this. (1) It rewards supporters. (2) It bypasses the traditional media. (3) By announcing that it will be announced online, it allows Obama to grow his e-mail contact list.