July 16th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
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Two potential VPs join Obama

Nunn and Bayh are joining Obama Wednesday.
Nunn and Bayh are joining Obama Wednesday.

(CNN) - Who Obama is campaigning with Wednesday just might get more attention than what the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate says.

The Illinois senator is set to be joined on the trail by Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn - two Democrats widely believed to be on the shortlist for the vice presidential spot.

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The two are set to join Obama at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana for a discussion on national security issues - a forum that is designed to set to stage for the Democratic president candidate's overseas trip next week.

Specifically, the three are set to discuss nuclear non-proliferation, bioterrorism, cyber security and emerging national security threats.

Bayh, who comes from a powerful Indiana family and once served as governor of the state, remains a very popular figure there. His aggressive campaigning on behalf of Hillary Clinton during the state's Democratic primary is widely seen as a chief factor for the New York senator's narrow victory there. He briefly flirted with his own presidential bid late last year but ultimately ruled against it.

Nunn remains one of the most respected national security and foreign policy experts on the national scene. The former senator has a serious, no-nonsense demeanor that would add instant gravitas to the ticket, and he is a popular figure in Georgia - a state the Obama campaign hopes to make competitive this cycle.

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Both Nunn and Bayh have remained tight-lipped when it comes to the VP slot, though Bayh did acknowledge last month he would take the position if asked.

"I don't think it's the kind of thing you say no to…the answer to that is yes," he said in June. "If you care about serving your country, that is the kind of thing that you do,"


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soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. Election watcher

    Cool. Obama is going down BIGTIME and misery loves company!
    Just say Nobama!

    July 16, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Bulldog

    First McCain said Obama was irresponsible for saying he would attack Al Queida in Pakistan if their was solid intelligence. Since calling Obama 'irresponsilbe' our miliarty has attacked Al Queida 4 times in Pakistan.

    McCain calls Obama naive and reckless for wanting to set a timetable to get out of Iraq. The sovereign Iraq government demands we set a timetable.

    McCain calls Obama reckless and an appeaser for saying he will sit down with leaders of countries unfriendly to the U.S. 3 months later the U.S. successfully appeases and negoitiates with N. Korea ('axis of evil') and they begin to dismantle their nuclear plants.

    McCain and Bush call Obama an appeaser and irresponsible for saying he wants direct diplomacy with unfriendly countries rather than threats of war. Just yesterday the State Department announces they are sending a top level official to Iran to sit down and have direct talks.

    Who has the judgement?

    July 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Obama Supporter from FL

    I can't wait for the veepstakes to end. I'm getting so sick of the endless speculation!

    July 16, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. maria

    OH GOD HELP US

    July 16, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Bill From Florida

    Neither one of these men will bring voted to Obama. He still needs
    Hillary on the ticket.

    July 16, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. ERD in NC

    I'm down with Bayh, but please no Sam Nunn! What does he add that someone who *hasn't* been out of politics for over a decade doesn't?

    July 16, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Excellent! I think either of these, but especially Nunn, would be a good choice.

    I hope that BO begins to approach potential cabinet members and puts them out there early enough for people to appreciate. Some that come to mind are:

    HRC for Attorney General
    Colin Powell for Secretary of State (give him a chance to make up for the lies the Bush Administration made him tell)
    Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense
    Dick Lugar for Secretary of the Treasury
    Joe Biden for Secretary of Commerce
    Al Gore OR Arnold Schwarzenegger for a new Global Warming position

    and so on.

    These may not be the optimal candidates, but this was a quick run-through. My point is that, if BO can demonstrate that he plans to surround himself with effective, intelligent, bipartisan colleagues, he will even further distance himself from McCain (a continuation of failed Bush policy).

    July 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. 1paperclip

    I hope he is not seriously considering these guys for VP. They bring nothing to the table as far as electability.

    July 16, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. Obama 08

    I love sam nunn Obama/nunn or clinton 08

    July 16, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. MoveOn

    CNN, you should change your name to DPD... Democratic Politics Daily. Why? Just look at your track record...
    Categories
    Barack Obama (1983)
    Hillary Clinton (1779)
    John McCain (1092)
    That's 3,762 Democratic news stories and 1092 Repuplican stories.

    Is this what your liberal reporters and editors call "Fair and balanced reporting"? Somehow, I doubt I'd want to play cards with you.

    July 16, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Nick

    This is a great example of the kind of leader OBAMA will be. He surrounds himself with skilled and experienced experts in the area of national security. So when you wonder will what kind of decisions will he be making in the oval office, Just wait and see what kind of people he has in his cabinet. Both men are great choices for VP.
    YES WE CAN.

    July 16, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Pepou

    Sam Nunn of course is the choice. Not that playboy Bayh who sucked up to the Clintons.

    July 16, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. ElectionCenter

    Election watcher July 16th, 2008 9:37 am ET

    Cool. Obama is going down BIGTIME and misery loves company!
    Just say Nobama!

    ____________________________________________________
    Good! Obama is going up with a win BIGTIME and Glory loves partnership. JUST SAY YES TO OBAMA!

    July 16, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. James

    I think that while many of us would like to see Edwards as VP, anything that will help Obama win is the best choice. Blue Georgia in 2008!

    Obama 08'

    July 16, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. Sue

    The rethuglicans are terrified now. The polls for Mcbush are slipping, they have no set policies, and they know that their free reign in Washington is over. Bye-Bye McBush!

    July 16, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Nick, Chicago, IL

    Bill from Florida... are you sure you're not from Arkansas?

    July 16, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. Independent Voter

    Sam Nunn – wasn't he the cause of the "Don't Ask-Don't Tell?" Yes. So much for Obama's support of the Gay Community.

    Obama is preposterous! Howard Dean should be removed. I bet once the DNC completes their move to Chicago, the Home Base of Sleazy Politics, he will be. Obama will think that Dean's removal will make Hillary supporters feel better. Wrong. Obama's removal by way of a Democratic loss will make Hillary supporters.

    Make no mistake, pollsters. A significant number of women will NOT vote Obama because of the DNC's behavior and Pelosi's behavior.

    Who cares if the Dems lose? They can hold on to the Senate and lose the White House – we could live with that. Goodness – could it be that we would actually a viable system of checks and balances that way?

    So far the Dems haven't made anything happen except protecting Medicare – which took a visit from Kennedy to achieve.

    On their own, they can't seem to make much of anything happen. Are we surprised? I think not.

    Want more of the same?

    I wouldn't vote for Obama if you paid me. Come to think of it, Obama has enough $ to pay for lots of votes, and that's the name of the game in Chicago.

    I loved the NY cartoon – I hope a lot of voters take it seriously. Whatever it takes to defeat this self-serving, race baiting phony.

    And will Hillary voters please get over it and protect America from the Republicans? NO!

    July 16, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. JOE

    Bill From Florida July 16th, 2008 9:44 am ET

    Neither one of these men will bring voted to Obama. He still needs
    Hillary on the ticket.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    These men are well respected and patriotic to their country and would be welcome in Obama campaign as their VPs. No more Hillary drama and buggage!

    July 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. IQ

    ELECTION WATCHER......DO YOU GET PAID TO BE STUPID.........

    July 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Thank you Bulldog, this is worth repeating:

    First McCain said Obama was irresponsible for saying he would attack Al Queida in Pakistan if their was solid intelligence. Since calling Obama 'irresponsilbe' our miliarty has attacked Al Queida 4 times in Pakistan.

    McCain calls Obama naive and reckless for wanting to set a timetable to get out of Iraq. The sovereign Iraq government demands we set a timetable.

    McCain calls Obama reckless and an appeaser for saying he will sit down with leaders of countries unfriendly to the U.S. 3 months later the U.S. successfully appeases and negoitiates with N. Korea ('axis of evil') and they begin to dismantle their nuclear plants.

    McCain and Bush call Obama an appeaser and irresponsible for saying he wants direct diplomacy with unfriendly countries rather than threats of war. Just yesterday the State Department announces they are sending a top level official to Iran to sit down and have direct talks.

    Who has the judgement?

    July 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  21. KateyGreen

    Can't wait for CNN to report on Sen. Nunn's votes on social issues, particularly civil rights.

    July 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. Becky

    At least the comments of "Hillary for VP or I'm voting for McCain" are dwindling these past couple of weeks. There are other excellent candidates for VP.

    July 16, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  23. Brian from Iowa

    I've been a big fan of Evan Bayh for five years, but not enough of one to vote for Obama.

    July 16, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. HOPE

    Chose well, Senator. Good luck.

    July 16, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. Michael Turner

    I have never heard of either of these guys before this column and find it hard to believe they can help Obama win the election. I have spent so much of my time debating back and forth on whether I would vote for an Obama ticket if it did not include Hillary, and I still do not know how I will vote as of today.

    July 16, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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