(CNN)— Speculation swirled around a potential Obama-Bayh ticket Tuesday after Barack Obama’s campaign confirmed the two senators will appear together at an Indiana town hall Wednesday morning.
Bayh, a junior senator from the state and a major Hillary Clinton backer during the primary season, will introduce the presumptive Democratic nominee at a town hall in Elkhart, Indiana.
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CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib argues Bayh, who is reportedly one of the leading contenders on Obama’s VP shortlist, brings three advantages to the Democratic ticket.
“First, Bayh’s service on the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services committees counters Obama’s perceived weakness in foreign policy,” said Silverleib. “Second, Bayh’s largely centrist voting record helps counter GOP arguments that Obama is a typical liberal. And third, Bayh puts Indiana’s 11 electoral votes into play. If Obama becomes the first Democrat to carry the Hoosier State in 44 years, it could be potentially devastating to the McCain campaign.”
Since 1932, only two Democrats have carried the state of Indiana. Franklin D. Roosevelt won Indiana in the 1932 and 1936 election and Lyndon Johnson carried the state in 1964.
Late last month, the Indiana senator held a press conference where he brushed off questions about his odds of joining the ticket — but would not say whether or not he was interested in the job, or whether he was being vetted by Obama’s vice presidential search team.
"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," Bayh said.
Since then, Bayh has appeared with Obama on the campaign trail and has been a familiar face on political talk shows advocating for Obama’s policies.
Was kinda hoping for Edwards...............
Early 50's, already been a two term Democrat Governor in arguably the reddest stat in the union, and has 10 years in the Senate.
I'm not enamored with his Republican lite lean but overall Bayh is a solid Democrat and must be fairly true blue because it would have been WAY easier to be a Republican to take the same path.
If you don't know who he is it's because you don't pay attention. If you don't think he can add some strengths then you're fooling yourselves. Not my favorite pick but certainly a decent one. He'd easily be one of the most qualified candidates in modern times for the top two spots. Highly successful Executive and multi-term Senator with Foreign Relations experience. That's about all you can ask qualification wise, he's got a significant experience advantage over any of the last 5-6 candidates this cycle on either side.
I'll trust Senator Obama in whatever decision he makes for VP, it is after all his right as the presumptive nominee to make his own choice and not be bullied. If his choice is Bayh, then so be it. He's not my choice, but I won't stomp my feet and scream and refuse to vote for him because of that. Obama has been right about most everything so far, and look he did defeat the Clinton machine.. I trust in him. That said, my personal choice is: