July 17th, 2008
07:10 AM ET
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Bayh, Nunn dodge VP questions, but buzz rises


Watch Nunn and Bayh discuss the veepstakes.

(CNN) - Evan Bayh and Sam Nunn wanted to focus on Barack Obama's national security credentials Wednesday. The traveling press corps trailing the presumptive Democratic nominee’s campaign didn’t.

In a press conference following a campaign-sponsored roundtable discussion on emerging terrorist threats, Bayh and Nunn were bombarded by questions over reports both Democrats are on Obama's shortlist for vice president.

But Bayh, a senator from Indiana, and Nunn, a former senator from Georgia, revealed little about the Obama campaign's vetting process and their own ambitions for the job.

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"I have never aspired to that office," said Nunn, who served in the Senate for 25 years. "It is always nice to have your name mentioned - it is an honor - but I have no expectation of being offered any office, and I am not in any way sitting on the edge of a chair ready to go back into government."

Nunn, one of the most respected Democratic voices on national security policy, seems to encounter vice presidential speculation every election cycle, given his appeal in the South and strength on issues where Republicans usually have the edge.

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Bayh, a former supporter of Hillary Clinton who also has red-state appeal, also brushed aside speculation he is being considered a spot on the ticket.

"I love serving the people of Indiana - and I think any questions about the vice presidential thing are understandable and it’s good for my ego, but I should probably let Senator Obama and his campaign address those kind of questions," he said.

One reporter asked the senator — whose father Birch Bayh ran for president in 1976 - if he was taking his name out of the VP running.

"I've got a plane to catch," he responded, chuckling.

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soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. Anita from Arizona

    Troops being deployed to Afghanistan and diplomacy with Iran??? Gee, those were Obama's policies since the primaries. And you wonder why we're voting for Obama.

    Yes We Can!!!

    July 16, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  2. bern

    After reading some of the stupid anti-Obama comments, I can't help but wonder why we don't require licenses to use the computer.

    Just kidding....kinda....

    Seriously, the ignorance and hatred is astounding. How can anyone be so stupid in 2008?

    Fact is Barack Obama WILL BE the next president of the U.S. Fortunately, most Americans are not closed minded idiots. They know the difference between intelligence and senility. Peace and War. Hope and despair.

    July 16, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  3. J Williamson

    Evan Bayh would be a great pick – as a former Hillary supporter would help to bring her voters over to Obama.

    July 16, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  4. Mark Ramsey MD Milwaukee WI

    I'm starting to get concerned. Is Obama really considering Sam Nunn as VP? This is change we can believe in? He's a 70 year-old homophobe who was all about politics-as-usual in his day. 1/2 the primary voters chose Hillary. The choice for VP should be clear. Is Obama going to be another Bush and just do whatever he chooses, or does he have the strength to listen to the will of the people? Hillary for VP!

    July 16, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  5. sas

    The only way Obama will win is with Hilary. It is the dream ticket.
    Nobody knows these other guys and cares.

    July 16, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  6. Steve, AZ

    Nunn or Bayh? What, is Obama trying to out dull McCain?

    July 16, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  7. Eric S.

    I'm a Hoosier – Obama/Bayh is a perfect ticket. Bayh brings executive experience (two-term gov.), national security gravitas (10 years in Senate) and the two look good together. Plus Obama-Bayh has a great ring to it!

    July 17, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  8. TerryDo

    Stop Whining 7:09

    .............So, Hillary Supporter, focus. Listen to Sen Obama. Hillary and Barack arent much different in their stance on the issues. Hillary just ran a bad campaign...........................

    Stop Whinng

    Of course there weren't much different in Clinton and Obama's issues, and that is because he COPIED ALL OF HER IDEAS!

    Secondly, Obama was not elected he was selected by the DNC, and he is not officially the Democratic leader. Come the Denver Convention, we PumaPac, Just Say No Deal, Denver Group et al demand that the DNC put Hillary R. Clinton's name in NOMINATION FOR THE FIRST ROLL CALL.

    Then if the delegates and super delegates vote, (in a closed vote) for Obama, then and only then will we consider him the legitimate leader, until then we believe he is the illegitimate presumptive nominee...

    Yes, H.R. Clinton, truly amazing and she will be the Next President of America and that is something you can believe in!

    July 17, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  9. Annie

    Sorry, but if he doesn't pick Hillary we are going to LOSE this election.

    So let's hope that Obama puts his ego aside and makes the right choice for our nation.....HILLARY!

    July 17, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  10. Willy

    No fellow democrat ofays are willing to go down the road with BHO, why's that?

    July 17, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  11. Ben Obamacrat

    Hillary's Losercrats need to wake up and get on board with the most exciting political process since the New Deal

    July 17, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  12. Andrew

    Bayh is a career politician and an opportunistic parasite. Having grown up in Indiana, I've watched him double-talk his way through election after election without ever taking a meaningful leadership stance on any major legislation. He is not a worth VP selection.

    July 17, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  13. McCain is the real empty suit

    McCain has been talking about surge surge surge. Iraq Iraq Iraq. All he can argue about is the one tactlical decistion Dubya may have actually gotten right. McCain has been unsuccessfully mimicking Obama since the general election started. "change you can believe in", Obama says we should send 2 more brigades to Afghanistan McCain flip flops and now says he wants to send brigades to Afghanistan. During primary it was I support Bush 100%. "I agree with Bush on Iraq and Economy". Now he says Obama is '3rd Bush term' (wonder where I heard that?). First is was 100 years then it was 4 years. McCain's prisoner of war story proves him to be the real Manchurian Candidate only McCain's been brainwashed by the "Right" and that's just wrong.
    Oh yeah, a panda bear would make a better VP than Mitt. And a panda bear would probably be a better president than Bush or McSame.

    July 17, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  14. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Brandon and Freida get off of the" whining team" and join the "winning team."

    Barack Obama 2008-2016

    July 17, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  15. Jessy in Texas

    Obama should choose Roland Martin to be his V.P. Roland Martin often posts articles in CNN, which is very divisive and racially subjected, along with his dumb looking picture. Every time when Roland Martin comes out, Obama loses big, especially lossing among white, Asian and Latino.

    Roland Martin is the best for Obama’s V.P. thus Hillary will sure have a chance to run again in 2012, and does not have to wait until 2016.

    July 17, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  16. DEMOCRATS '08 BABY!!!!!

    Would these PUMA idiots please shut the F up? The whle premise behind your "movement" is the so called disrespect of your candidate. I was a Hillary supporter but once she said that she was in Camp Obama, I switched because those were my candidates wishes. Hillary and Bill did a lot to hurt her chances themselves–this does not squarely rest on BHO's shoulders. HRC still won primaries in various states. Conversely, BHO did a lot to hurt himself in the primaries yet he still primaries and that was due to the fact that people got to VOTE for the person that they felt best represented their interests. If you would take your interests into mind as to your radical fanaticism, you would clearly vote for BHO.

    When people said that he hasn't relayed substantive matters, he has been on tour for MONTHS talking about various issues so that you will get to know what he stands for more intimately and yet you still criticize him for it. Grow up.

    Personally, I think that he will pick Bayh because of the "picture perfect families" with their kids (Bayh's boys with Obama's girls), it placates to Hillary supporters (Bayh being a former supporter) and the Midwest will be up for play. You PUMA nut jobs that aren't trying to get a Dem in office should be and more importantly should be pushing for HRC on the SC where she could have far more impact then she ever could as president.

    July 17, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  17. Lisa

    If the Super delegates chooses Hillary as the nominee at the convention they made the right choice.

    July 17, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  18. TMoney

    Obama should pick McCain to be his VP. That is the only way McSame can get into the White House.

    Obama/ McSame 08

    July 17, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  19. Jesse

    well if its not Hillary, My vote goes to McCain. Sorry Obama, choose correctly. The funny thing though is that many are trying to say that if Obama loses the Presidency, it will be Hillary's fault for running as long as she did and the campaign that was run. It was a primary, a fair primary and she did nothing wrong.

    No one focused on Obama promising being a different kind of Politician, but was mischevious in his Senatorial elections- BIG HYPOCRITE!

    They just want someone to blame if they don't win, and it wont be McCain, it will be Hillary. I can't stand Obama, and will only vote for him while holding my gaggs at the voting booth if Hillary is on the ticket!

    July 17, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  20. Steve

    Nice to see all the PUMA folks back, after their conspicuous absence from the thread about McCain's gaffes. Guess they'd rather bash Obama than justify voting for the war-loving bumbler.

    Obama/Anybody (yeah, even Hillary) '08

    July 17, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  21. CHILLL!!!!!

    LISA-----Please Superdelegates Select Hillary Clinton as the Democrated Nominee if you don't the Democrates will Lose to Mccain.
    Thanks Super Del!!! IDIOT

    TO Texas Trail Dog ----If you think you know everything...You have a lot to LEARN...........IGNORANT !!!!

    GRIFF --–Freezer every day… Borack Obama…. Is in that Ice Box
    You are in TOILET!!!

    July 17, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  22. Max

    It's fun to watch pundits swing this is if no one wants to be Obama's VP, specifically. They don't want to be a VP, in general.

    July 17, 2008 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  23. Pat from Chico, CA

    The Democrats will lose this fall unless Sen. Clinton is on the ticket.

    July 17, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  24. DeeJam - Los Angeles

    I have no idea but my dad says Nunn is the guy. I believe him.

    July 17, 2008 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  25. doc stone

    Its Hillary for the mainstream or I'll vote Demo congress and Repuk, Pres. check and checkmate.......:-)

    July 17, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
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