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. Dem for McCain

    At this point, even if it is Hillary, my vote still goes for McCain. No way Obama is fit to be POTUS.

    July 17, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. Dean in Florida

    Obama / Jackson (Jesee) '08

    July 17, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. R. Bolick

    National Security Credentials .. HA Ha.... he doesn't have any! Both candidates are a freaking joke.

    July 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  4. Foreign observer

    Hillary can´t do the VP job ! She is an active person to move things like f.e. health care. When you like to have her sleeping give her the VP.
    Bayh and Nunn are both o.k for VP.

    July 17, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  5. proud army and navy mom

    ad nauseum....cnn, turn the record over.

    July 17, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  6. DJ

    OK – "buzz" is when PEOPLE are talking about it – not when MEDIA are talking about it. Not that media folks aren't people, but they're supposed to report the news – not create it. Let's get a grip here.

    July 17, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  7. carolflowery

    whoever said, how about some debates? I agree, are we ever gonna have a debate, ever???????????????????????????

    July 17, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  8. Foreign observer

    Many VPs in the past did almost nothing. Their influence was cutted by the president. Similar thing would happen to Hillary. Just a representative figure ! In fact VP can´t be a role of hers. Her destiny will be practical politics !

    July 17, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  9. Steve

    God help us all!

    People in this country elected the stupidest man ever for president, twice and he still gets support for being dumber than anyone on the planet. That says a lot about how illiterate and misinformed so many people are in the USA.

    And after the disaster of this government it's hard for them to believe that someone could actually come along who speaks the truth and is intelligent, so they are having a hard to to relate. And it's not McSane who had praised Bush on almost every policy and everything and he has done in the last 8 years. And worst of all. He does not inspire the country. Dems UNITE and FIGHT...

    OBAMA/WEBB 08..No BS team

    July 17, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  10. Pumas aren't Democrats, So Stop Using OUR Good Name

    People, after reading some of these posts I'm going to suggest some things, especially to you Hillary or McCain... fanatics;
    1. Please, learn how to spell correctly.
    2. Please, stop with the all caps, I can see it just fine typed normally.
    3. Please stop threating people, its old. No one cares, Hillary will not be VP and she sure as heck will not run in 2012 (because as easy as it is to forget, there are MORE Obama supporters in the party, then not. And if we have to suffer with McCain for four years because of your pettiness, she won't make it past January for the next go round).

    I'll tell you what the reality of the situation is; she lost, he won, now on to the convention. Some of you will tout any reason not to vote for Obama and the reasons are all very... well weak. Over and over again all of these ideas have been debunked yet, for some reason you refuse to see facts. Ironically, you say that his supporters are like robots and blind worshippers. You don't have to like him (no one cares), you don't have to like his wife (no one cares), but what you do have to do is make an informed decision which seems like you gave up on long ago. Just so you know, we're moving forward with or without you. No one cares if you vote for McCain because you've made it obvious over and over again on these completely inaccurate and ignorant comments some of you make over and over again (yet, never saying anything substantive, just bigoted and derrogatory). I would suggest Obama choose whomever HE wants as his VP, not who a bunch of whining "supporters" try to force on him. If anyone failed Hillary more than the media, more than her campaign, it was herself and her husband who felt it was ok to drag Obama through all of the contests for almost a year and a half, even though she knew since... at least march she could not catch him in contests or pledged delegates. But its old now, people get tired of trying to be practical with the irrational and emotional... and I'm a woman.

    July 17, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  11. Nancy

    Oh, please, not Bayh– he can only say what his "handlers" tell him to say - not sure he's ever had an original thought!

    July 17, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  12. PUMA tuPAC

    why would we bash McCain and his gaffes... or his opposition to our rights as women.

    we hate OBAMA and we will BASH OBAMA..and vote for MCCAIN

    It makes no sense agreed..... but we are bitter and all that matters is our bitterness

    July 17, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  13. sherry for Obama



    July 17, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  14. Cynthia

    I'm sure they are probably of his list of possibilities but I'm confident he will pick the best person as his VP because I am others trust his judgement.

    July 17, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  15. FEDUP

    The big difference between Hillary and Obama is, she can get the job done. She has the determination and drive needed to fix this mess. I think Obamas' too green to be effective, too wishy-washy. He will flip like a leaf in a breeze. The big boys want the kid they can control rather then the strong confident woman Hillary is...I will write her name on my ballot and hope all of her supporters will do the same. Do not stay home, cast your ballot and pray for this country to survive the next 4 years..

    July 17, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  16. republican girl for Obama

    I would love to see Ron Paul run with Obama

    July 17, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  17. Brenda

    Oh please, this story has been on your headline page for more than 24 hours. If this had been a story about the Republican VP choices, it would have been off the CNN site within a few hours. No bias there?!

    July 17, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  18. Sue

    It won't be Nunn, who is a good man for a democrat; he is too old - older than McCain if any of you BO supporters can believe anyone alive is older than McCain.

    July 17, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  19. Deb

    There should not be a question of who the V.P. running mate for Obama should be...Hillary!!! Who are these 2 men mentioned today?? Never heard of either of them. Seems rediculous to choose or consider a running mate that most of us do not know.

    July 17, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  20. Obama the Deceiver

    Obama/Ralph Wiggum

    July 17, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  21. John from FL

    The funny thing about McCain supporters in these blogs is that every comment they make regarding Senator Obama are nothing but complete lies. This makes you guys liars. Is that the only way you know how to win an election?

    July 17, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  22. Phil in KC

    We all know that Evan Bayh is a Senator and former Governor from Indiana and that his dad was Birch Bayh, who had quite a political career and was well known nationally. But, I've never really heard what Evan Bayh's foreign policy credentials are. Let's face it, anyone who is picked as Obama's running mate is going to need some serious foreign policy credentials. And it wouldn't hurt if they could help deliver one of those "purple" states. In that regard, Nunn looks very good on paper. Plus, he brings a certain gravitas to the ticket. But is he well-suited to the "attack dog" role generally relegated to the VP candidate?

    July 17, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  23. jw

    So, youse guys want 4 more years of Bush, get real folks, McCain has voted with 'dubya' 90% of time since 2001. McBush and Gramm will throw us into a full blown depression. We are now seeing what Gramm envisioned while being the chief artichect of Reaganomics, well............it's not pretty

    July 17, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  24. Denise

    Obama will be very stupid if he does not choose Hillary. Especially after voting for wiretapping last week that really pissed me off. I am a liberal but signed on as a democrat because I believed in Obama. He really screwed up in my mind and if he does not choose Hillary, I am voting for the Green Party, because I know that being a liberal and voting for someone with other intentions just so McCain does not get into office would be wrong. Obama, you are screwing up too early man.

    July 17, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  25. Upon Further Review,Texas


    July 17, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
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