June 26th, 2008
05:58 AM ET
6 years ago

Bayh: I'd say yes to VP

Bayh is a former supporter of Clinton
Bayh is a former supporter of Clinton

(CNN) - It was once the entrenched practice of any politician with a remote chance of being asked to serve as a party's vice presidential nominee: Never admit you'd say yes to the job.

But in the last two weeks, two Senate Democrats have flatly confessed they'd take the position if asked. On Sunday, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden said candidly, "The answer I’ve got to say is yes," if the No. 2 position is offered.

And on Wednesday, Sen. Evan Bayh, a former Hillary Clinton supporter from the potential battleground state of Indiana, also admitted he'd take the job if it is offered.

Check out who's on the VP shortlists

"I don't think it's the kind of thing you say no to....the answer to that is yes," Bayh said in an interview on MSNBC.

"If you care about serving your country, that is the kind of thing that you do," he argued.

But the Indiana Democrat, who considered running for president himself last year, wouldn't go so far as to say he is actually interested in being Obama's No. 2.

"I love my day job. I'm not looking to change," he said.

Bayh, a former governor of Indiana and scion of one of the state’s most powerful political families, has long been considered a potential V.P. choice. The senator serves on the critical Armed Services Committee, is a political moderate, and comes from a state that Democrats haven’t carried in a presidential election since 1964. He also proved to be an effective spokesman for Clinton earlier in the campaign and could be helpful in drawing supporters of the New York senator into Obama’s camp.

Though Bayh was particularly critical of Obama after the Illinois senator's now-famous "bitter" comments, and suggested the remark could fatally harm him in a general election.

Watch: Bayh says Republicans will use 'bitter' comments

soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. Peter

    If Obama chooses Mr Bayh over Sam Nunn, Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, or even Hillary Clinton, then he means change! Because Obama will choose someone who SHOULDN'T be VP for his vp

    June 25, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Greg FL.

    You know what's wrong with our government? The electorate. these are the ones who put Bush in the White House, not once, but twice. These are the idiots who think the election is Monday Night Football and they are going to root for the other team, because their team lost. you want to change the government? Then you need to educate epople Like Trailer More, who thinks she can vote for McCain now and Hillary will be there in 2012. How about Debbie? Who is so lost. She calls Joe Biden weak. Folks this isn't Survivore or American Idol. This is for real and is really important. Please do everyone a favor and get a clue.

    June 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. Tamara

    Jeff,

    The VP position under this administration has changed the status of VP. Dick C. has had tremendous power. Even if you agree with him or not the VP position is not what it used to be. The VP is a position of power and with Hillary as VP she will definitely add even more weight.

    June 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. peakarach,des moines,IA

    HERE ARE OBAMA VP SHORT LIST.

    1. OSAMA.
    2. MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD.
    3. KIM JUNG-IL.
    4. FIDEL CASTRO.
    5. KHALED MASHAAL'HAMAS LEADER'.
    6. REV.WRIGHT.
    7. LOUISE FARRAKHAN.
    8. TONY REZKO.
    9. BILL AYER.
    10. PFLEGER.

    June 25, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. H-ROD

    Or maybe Joe Biden even after he said that Obama looked so fresh and clean We can forgive him (yes Obama can )!!!!!!!

    June 25, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. Franky

    "Though Bayh was particularly critical of Obama after the Illinois senator's now-famous "bitter" comments, and suggested the remark could fatally harm him in a general election."

    Let them go ahead! We'll all be bitter in the end....

    June 25, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. ThirtySomethingEgghead from SF

    Doesn't matter who the VP running mate will be because come November, Obama will SHOCK AND AWE ALL THOSE WHO HARBOR REPUB-NANTS – Sounds pretty idiotic huh? I agree.

    Obama/ Richardson or Webb or Sebelius '08

    June 25, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. B

    I agree with Fella from Chicago...please read the left behind series. You will soon understand the importance of the Hindu nations rallying and praying for Obama's election to this nations highest office.

    June 25, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  9. Jazzy

    Let the republican party use the word "bitter". I am sure that at some point in the past eight years we all have been bitter. When things are not what they should be, all kinds of emotions surface. Bitter is not such an unthinkable attribute or emotion when it is felt based upon a solid reason for being bitter. There are probably a number of republicans who have been bitter about the state of our country over the past eight years. Let them find something with more substance than an emotion to use as a weapon against Senator Obama. If we are honest, some members of the republican party are probably bitter over the fact that Senator Obama is the democrat opponent against Senator McCain.

    June 25, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Ron Hontz

    Gee, you dummies. What's with the incomplete sentence at the end?

    June 25, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. PK

    Dukakis was well ahead too and he lost the election; Obama will lose too. By the time November rolls around everyone will wonder why Democrats picked the weakest candidate – other than being black what qualifiations does he have? He's a speech and has no policies whatsoever; he takes the opposite stance of his opposition not because it's a logical choice but because he has to look like he has ideas – he has none. Obama is a motivational speaker that has confused many people into believing in his hype. I won't fall for it. I was a Clinton supporter; even if Clinton is VP I won't vote for Obama. He's the wrong choice for this country; McCain is the wrong choice too. Both democrats and republicans picked the two biggest turds and put them up as their candidates – however either way either choice is going to wreck this country.

    June 25, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. MDB

    WOW, 17 Ticker stories and 14 of them are Barack Obama stories. Imagine that CNN. You can talk about Fox News all you want but they are considerably more "Fair and Balanced" than you are.

    Case in point everyone of Fox's political talk shows has a liberal Democrat counterpart or political strategist. You have 28 political reporters and 2 are conservative reporters.

    June 25, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  13. Rep

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO ABSOLUTELY DO NOT PICK RENDELL. SLICK EDDIE WILL RUN YOU DOWN. HE IS TIGHT W/THE CLINTONS AND A BULLY. HE ABSOLUTELTY IS NOT ANYTHING ABOUT CHANGE. CAN'T EVEN GET THE BUDGET DONE IN A TIMELY MANNER WANTS TO FURLOUGH THE STATE WORKES AGAIN.. NO NO NO PLEASE NO BELIEVE ME YOU HE WILL MOW OBAMA DOWN.

    June 25, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  14. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    Nothing super-ambitious or greedy aboiut these 2 cretins... serving the citizens of the USA is nothing more than a guise to put your full snout into the public coffers and gain extraordinary power!

    That's SERVICE?

    June 25, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. Independent Voter

    So what?

    June 25, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    There's no need for Obama to even start to send himself through these changes. He should keep Hillary, Bayh and Bill as far away from him as he possibly can.

    Indiana is going to go Democratic without Bayh. As far as Bayh's next term, I think he is going to have a hard fight to keep it.
    Bayh has built up a lot of distrust here in Indy. The public here has a better relationship with Senator Lugar (R)

    No Hillary and No Bayh for VP

    June 25, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. Anne E.

    WESLEY CLARK!
    But I like the suggestion from Phil – Chesterton, IN.
    Chuck is cool!

    June 25, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. Indiana Voter

    Bayh ok! Hillary YES!!

    June 25, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. MDB

    Maybe Farakhan or Sharpton is on the short list, I mean they are friends and stauch Obama supporters aren't they. By the way for all you professional political pundits, Ohio may be in play this political season but the Democrats have less of a chance with Missouri than they do with Tennessee. PLEASE.

    June 25, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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