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. Cathy

    For the people out there that keep saying they don't know much about Obama...please watch more cable news and read the thousands (if not millions) of articles on the internet and in the newspapers about Obama’s positions. Every-other-day Obama is talking about his position on different topics ranging from national security and economy to family values and education. You just haven't been paying attention.

    The argument that you don’t know much about Obama is just meritless if you’ve been paying attention to the political scene for the last two years.

    July 16, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Willy

    The lip stick on this pig is wearing off.

    July 16, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. NotPayingHilaryDebt

    CNN .. Enough With This VP Speculation!!!!

    Let's Go pack Focusing on the Issues plz!!!!!!!!!

    July 16, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc

    Xavier: Did you even read my entire point ?
    I wrote flock to Mc Kinney? These obamabots dont even want to aknowledge an opposing viewpoint...LOL

    July 16, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Frank, San Francisco

    No Hillary No Obama. No one deserves the consideration more than her.
    Dear Pumas like it on the Down Low- Don't you think your comment is a bit sexist. By the way, what have you accomplished in YOUR LIFE that even compares to Senator Clinton that allows you to be so disrespectful not to mention smug??

    July 16, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. dennis from chicago

    the big question is who wants to run with o bama not who will run with o bama the shock and awe. be amazed i need another 80 million for the racing car...

    July 16, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. flavoter

    These are good guys, but Collin Powell would bring more to the ticket and larger the worldly influence he brings is un-touched by any one out there. The hurdle is old fashion racism. Fact is fact he's a true american hero ( operative word being ...American) .

    Come on Collin get off your duff, we love our wives but the Country has to be first....No country no wife , no family, our enemies win, simple math.

    Obama / Powell 08

    July 16, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Freida, NYC

    To Doris;


    July 16, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. karen-phoenix

    Obama's round table discussion today at Purdue was brilliant!! People, start watching this man!!!! He knows soooo much about soooo many things. We are just not used to intellegence and its about time we had some in the White House!!! This is NOT a popularity contest!! Its for the future of our grandchildren and Obama has got it right on!! Don't say you don't know the man- everyday you can watch something–a round table discussion, a town hall meeting, a speech!!! Get to know him. WE DEARLY NEED THIS MAN!!!

    July 16, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Jimmy in New York

    Here's an Obama-worthy idea: Senator Obama should nominate TWO choices for Vice President and leave it up to the convention/delegates to decide. It will be a new, innovative idea and allow the convention to have some relevance. It may serve to sooth some ruffled feathers in the party, as some will find comfort that they can clamor for one choice or the other, etc., etc. It will certainly play into the DNC's approach that our party is wide open.

    Personally, he can pick me for Vice President – I will still be writing in Hillary Rodham Clinton on November 4, and I hope you join me.

    July 16, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. JCB

    I support Obama-Clinton. Otherwise, I will look seriously at McCain. Cathy, I have been paying attention. People don't know much about Obama because he is either vague or he switches positions everytime someone calls him on one.

    July 16, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. Bayousara for Hillary in November

    Why do Hillary supporters say they won't vote in November if she is not on the ticket?


    Write in Hillary like I am going to do.

    If Obama's followers had been more respectful of Hillary during the primaries, I would support Obama. If Obama and his group had not continually continually continually pushed that the primaries be over before all states had voted, I would vote for Obama.

    July 16, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. KE

    The liberal media has lost its savor when they gave preferential treatment to one particular candidate and stop being objective and critical.

    July 16, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. really? come on

    Griff, are you on crack or can you just not form a complete sentence?

    July 16, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. Sharon

    Senator Bayh would be a good VP. Former Senator Nunn has some problems, he is very conservative. I like Biden and Bayh. The problem is I don't like Obama and won't be voting for him. And for your information the Obama supporters I have been sending a check to pay Hillary's debt. I ask for my money back from the DNC and told them don't send me anymore requests. They will not get another cent from me to pay for Obama coronation at the football field. He is too arrogant to have it at the Pepsi Center. So now they are paying for both places. They don't need money while people are having a hard time paying everyday expenses. So you Obama Supporters double up on your payments for the football field. CNN you won't post this.

    July 16, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Yes

    Richardson. Take it to the bank

    July 16, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. S. Boatman

    As Long As He Doesnt Choose Liary Clinton He Will Win!

    July 16, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Mean-while back at McWar’s Iranian death camp, McWar pushes his final solution for all Persians and Iranians.

    July 16, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. Nick

    I read through this blog and just want to address a few posters' choice for VP and how stupid they are.
    First "Vets for Obama" first choice is Ron Paul???? These are the two most diametrically opposed politicians possible. Clearly you are unaware, or choose to ignore, both of thier platforms entirely.
    Second "Michael, Torrance, CA" thinks Edwards is a good choice. But may be playing reverse psychology as he admits to supporting McCain. Edwards is a looser to the third power. Lost the nomination in 04 and 08 and lost the vice presidency in 04. Loser!
    Third "Ty" wants Kerry. Another loser! Kerry's home state went for Hillary dispite the glowing endorsement. He lost to GWB when the election was his for the taking. He is weak and a horrible campaigner.
    All of these choices collectively suggest limited understanding of politics, and prove that blogs should be more strictly moderated.
    Bayh is the best choice, as he has a huge organization at his disposal in Indiana. Couple that with the Obama HQ in Chicago and they can sweep the midwest! Then any red states they turn are just gravy.

    July 16, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Eli

    I would love to know how many people that voted for Obama in the primaries were first time voters (that were dragged out to register and no nothing of politics) and also how many were Republicans (who at the time thought it was funny because they seen no way of him getting it and now have gotten worried), because the man is alot of media hype. Any person should know that if every time you turn around a certain person has done something impressive and ever time he speaks it is considered a GREAT SPEECH, and when something is brought out on this person it just somehow gets pushed back and forgotten that under all the layers he is not what he appears to be.

    July 16, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. S. Boatman


    July 16, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. Debby, NJ

    Can We Please Stop Talking About VP'S
    Obama said that he would let us know who he chooses

    July 16, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. Marc in Virginia

    For the first time in my adult life, I will be PROUD to vote Republican.

    July 16, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. LRS

    I have one question.

    Why isn't anybody jumping at the chance to be VP?
    They either come right out and say "NO" or have no response.

    Sounds like nobody wants the job but Hiliary!

    Maybe we should just eliminate the VP job all together.

    Too much "waffling" and "flip flopping" going on between both candidates.

    08 Ticket will be McCain/Romney and Obama/Hillary.

    July 16, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. Lisa

    Hillary/Mckinney 08

    July 16, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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