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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  1. Floridaguy

    Both of these gentlemen would be great for the cabinet, hoswever, Obama really needs Hillary to seal the deal. Can't wait to see a VP debate with Hillary and Romney!

    July 16, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. POINTING FINGERS!!

    McCain calls Obama naive and reckless

    McCain calls Obama reckless and an appeaser

    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
    McWar Tell us what you plan on doing every day you talk about Obama what about YOU .....SIR HOG JAW!!!

    July 16, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Well said Bulldog, well said!

    Time after time Barack has shown to have the better judgement when it comes to these major issues. Longevity and experience don't count for anything if they keep pointing you in the wrong direction.

    July 16, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Independent Now

    No Hillary=No Obama!

    All of the uneduacated simple white Democrats that you, Howard Dean took for granted, will be voting for John McCain for President.

    So chalk up another loss for Deans Dozen. I would rather die than vote for Obama. All of my Democrat friends say the same. In reality I am glad, because Dean you turned your back on us, shoved Obama down our throats, now we're throwing up.

    Seems like you old school Dems, Dean, Kennedy, Dodd, Kerry really pissed us off this time. You turned your back on the Democrat's most viable candidate, Hillary. Now we are going to return the favor. I am going to turn my back on YOUR CHOICE Howard Dean, and will be voting Republican for the first time in my life.

    At least I know McCain is a patriot, has pride, and shows and has shown his loyalty to his country. Therefore I will vote for McCain with a smile on my face.

    July 16, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. MJC

    God help Obama is he puts Nunn on the ticket. Then Nadar would get my vote, and presumably many other Dems.

    July 16, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Den

    I like Nunn, don't care for Bayh because he supported Hillary, so something must be off.

    July 16, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Debby

    Oh yuk neither one of these guys will do anything for the Dem. party as VP.

    July 16, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. The Truth

    Obama/Nunn or Obama/Bayh, either way its a win/win.

    Informed and Educated Voters for Obama!
    Connecticut for Obama!

    July 16, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Brenda Wright

    Joe Biden!

    July 16, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Virginia for Obama

    There is no one smarter than Sam Nunn on Foreign Policy - he would make an excellent choice for VP or Secretary of Defense. I completely agree with the comments posted earlier by Bulldog. Obama will be a very smart President and will surround himself with a group of intellects that will help America prosper again.

    July 16, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. MARYANN OSWEGO IL

    I will never vote for Obama ...Our country is in trouble and both of these candidates are not the answer....give us Hillary back...she is the fighter that will lead our country back in the right direction with Bill at her side...Clinton/Bloomberg or Clinton/Ford Jr

    July 16, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. KHAL

    It matters not....what the V.P. thinks or wants, it's what Mr. Obama wants and he will (God willing) get it.Our limited free will.

    July 16, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Cynthia

    It will be interesting to see who he picks as his VP but I'm confident that he will pick the best person who will enhance what he already offers as President.

    July 16, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. Dresdan

    Obama will win. He has the brains and the bravery to take on the establishment in the DNC and the RNC.

    I really, really like him.

    Obama 08

    July 16, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. John

    As long as there isn't a delusional christian bible thump-er on the ticket, I'll have no problem with Obama's choice for the V.P. position. The USA needs intellectual, academic minds who hasn't relied on their daddy's to get where they are. Say goodnight McCain...

    July 16, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Fay Tx

    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.

    Obama/HAGEL 08

    July 16, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. tom for Hagel-NC&FL

    Let's get bold Obama!

    How about Hagel? Yes he is somewhat conservative but he would stir things up in a positive way and get people energized about talking about the role of government.

    Chuck Hagel would bring the most to strengthen an Obama ticket. Who better than McCain’s “buddy” to counter his positions and broaden the tickets appeal in the purple AND Red states..

    A principled patriot with gravitas . Decorated war vet. Successful business CEO. Not running for reelection. Bi-partisan record. Foreign relations experience. A true maverick with backbone. Popular among independents. Attractive, articulate, forceful and likeable.
    .

    July 16, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Anyone but Hillary for VP

    Both of these guys would be reasonable choices. Nunn is a little old, but anyone is better than Hillary.

    July 16, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Michelle, PA

    I love the fact that O is not letting McSame dictate to him how to run his campaign. McSame is bouncing all over the place because he can't get a handle on what O is going to do.

    Lovin' it. Obama 08

    July 16, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. mariann

    ...since it's really about winning at this point, don't be surprise by this eventual match-up : McCain/Romney vs Obama/Clinton

    July 16, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    I like Bayh but Obama should get someone that will help him in the electoral college. I don't think IN will go blue, maybe someone from OH or VA.

    July 16, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Chris

    Look, the obvious choice for Veep is Bill Richardson. He's the entire package, and he loves to get things done outside of the spotlight. I would have voted for him for Prez in a heartbeat if he had made it that far.

    July 16, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Jay

    Who are these people?

    Hillary or he will never win.

    July 16, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. mariann

    ....although, I would LOVE to Evan Bayh; he's young, handsome, and a moderate; picture perfect!

    July 16, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. WoMaN4McCain

    I think ANY choice but Hillary.

    July 16, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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