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. S. Boatman

    ANYONE BUT HILLARY!

    July 16, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Bulldog I made a comment about your comment on how correct you were and I guess CNN did not like what I said about McCaine beign senial and losing his barrings. I use to have a lot of respect for CNN but I am really losing that. I don't understand how some comments they let go threw and others they don't , I am pissed. I am going to have to finds another news station to look at.

    Obama 08

    July 16, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Mauri

    It's Hillary or no one.

    July 16, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. bruce FORMER REPUBLICAN FROM MA.

    I BELIEVE....... WE THE PEOPLE NEED A PERSON AS PRESIDENT THAT WILL START TO CLEAN UP THE MESS WE ARE IN BECAUSE OF OUR PRESENT ADMINISTRATION'S ABHORENT POLICIES BOTH IN FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC AREAS.

    FOOL ME ONCE SHAME ON ME.....TWICE ??????

    MAY MY SMALL SHOVEL START THE LANDSLIDE... PLEASE.

    YES, ITS TIME...YES WE CAN

    bruce, from MA>

    July 16, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. rachel

    He should choose Hillary but he wont. She has amazing stage presence, knows her stuff, and if she slips up on the campaign trail Obama won't be blamed every other person will be seen as speaking for Obama so any mistake they make is his mistake, it wont be that way with Hillary the media will always see her as speaking on her own behalf . I am not eager as I once was at the beigning of this election at all, I am now very very undecided. I am tired of the hate coming from the obama supporters who's canidate won, why are they still so full of anger? Your guy got the top spot you say hillary supporters who wont vote for him arent enough in numbers so why the hate? They can't give credit to hillary for one little thing Obama just took part of her healthcare plan and even he mentioned that yet his supporters can't even do it? I

    July 16, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Dr.T

    It is just horrible what the GOP has done to itself and to this country. Obama could run with just about anybody, and I would probably vote for him. No matter how nice McCain seems or how he acted in the past (I was a supporter in 2000), he has promised to continue the work of the GOP rather than the American people. It's sad to see a distinguished man with such a stellar record of service degrade himself so miserably in such a short time.

    July 16, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Sean from Orlando

    I will not vote for either of these two for our VP this year, either Obama/Hillary or my vote goes to McCain!

    July 16, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. joe

    Hillary has Bill's Buggage!

    July 16, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Ric

    Clinton Democrats for Cynthia McKinney!!!

    July 16, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. IQ

    TO ..PATRICIA......PLEASE READ YOUR OWN POST AND TELL ME WHAT YOU SOUND LIKE. CAN YOU TIE YOUR OWN SHOES.

    July 16, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. KING OBAMA

    KING OBAMA WILL TRIUPH IN NOVEMBER, ALL YOU HATERS CAN KEEP HATING BCUZ HE IS BEATING MCCAIN NOW, & WILL WIN EASILY ON ELECTION DAY! LOL

    July 16, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Kris

    If Obama picks one of these old-time Dems, he will just be lying one more time. If he insists he is all about change, why even consider these two. They will not help him one bit in his bid for president. Hillary is the choice he should make for so many reasons. I hope he realizes he will just be giving McCain more voters.

    July 16, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Lee, New York City

    Either of these would be good VP candidates, however NO ONE can save Obama from HIMSELF.

    He is an in-experienced Community Organizer and NO way he's packaged (nice speaches, great family man, nice suit and tie) is he READY TO BE PRESIDENT.

    He's a SOCIALIST who will increase your taxes, promote government give away programs, etc. He'd be a DISASTER for our Country.

    July 16, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Edith Arkansas

    Hope Presidental Elect Barack Obama continues to broaden his lead over McCAIN and with someone like senator Sam Nunn as VP with foreign policy and others strong experiences would be an added plus. OBAMA January 09.

    July 16, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Marilyn

    There is no one Obama can choose that will make me vote for him!

    July 16, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. michael in MO

    All this "who's on the VP list" gossip is insignificant. The DNC's annointed one will not be president. Any process that side-steps the wishes of the voting public is doomed to failure. Clinton was and remains the people's choice. Those who respect this country's due process of a person's right to vote will see to it that Barry does not make the White House.

    July 16, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Mike

    What no black person as a potential VP candidate?

    I thought we were making history with a first black president and he is not going to make history some more with a first black vp?

    I dont understand this but then again Obama only had two black people on his campaign staff and they were at lower levels.

    Obama doesnt appear to be interested in helping his fellow black people out as evidence of not going to MLK's memorial or the State of the Black Union event.

    But to quote Obama he can no longer disown his pastor Wright than he could the black community. Seeing he has disowned his pastor now, he can disown the black community as well.

    When will people ever wake up and smell the issue. The black community are so bent on getting a black person as president they have totally ignored the fact that Obama is politician through and through.

    People wonder if Obama really is black or white because of having a black father and white mother. The fact is he is neither. He is blue, political blue all the way. He just used the black community to get nominated and now is dismissing them methodically.

    Now you understand why Jesse Jackson is so upset. Or at least you will soon when you get some more Obama experience.

    People are so easily swayed. No wonder cults thrive.

    July 16, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. GIFTY

    Obama is not sincere. I dislike insincerity.

    NObama 2020

    July 16, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Proud American

    When only the best will do!
    Obama '08

    July 16, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. John in Columbus Ohio

    NFIL: Yeah, don't fall in line behind a majority of voters and (NON-Super) delegates. Don't "fall in line" behind what the majority of the party, from individual voters and caucusgoers to delegates to superdelegates has chosen.

    But don't be a liar and say that their democratic selection process was undemocratic.

    If Obama picks Hillary as running mate, it will be interesting to see how fast everyone who'd said "No Obama unless Hillary is VP!" switch to "No Obama even with Hillary as VP!", because really, they're all just racists who won't vote for a black man no matter what, and to hell with democracy.

    July 16, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. dennis from chicago

    o bama and who you want will lose because the main man has no experience to lead this great american country....imagine that.... 2 and one half years in the senate and still no real bill sponsored by o bama.......example of true leadership.....the only change he will give you is what is left after he breaks your dollar

    July 16, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. IQ

    TO ....DENISE P QUINTON ........I DONT BELIEVE YOU HAVE SMART CHILDREN FROM YOUR COMMENTS.

    July 16, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. erika

    WATCH CLINTON RAGE SOAR IF BILL RICHARDSON IS VP CHOICE OF TEAM OBAMA.

    CLINTON STAFF CARVILLE NAMED RICHARDSON " JUDAS ", OBAMA WANTS TO GET HILLARY

    CLINTON SUPPORTERS ON HIS TEAM, WHY CAUSE TROUBLE BY SELECTING RICHARDSON.

    July 16, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Nicole in NE

    I like Edwards or Biden

    July 16, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. John in Columbus Ohio

    I'd be down for Hagel as VP. I disagree with him on social issues but they are gentleman's disagreement, devoid of fire and fervor. I respect Hagel, and that's what matters to me.

    July 16, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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