August 5th, 2008
05:45 PM ET
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Obama to make home state appearance with VP candidate

Evan Bayh will introduce Obama Wednesday at a town hall.
Evan Bayh will introduce Obama Wednesday at a town hall.

(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.


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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. victorhill

    Remember when Sen. McCain Said This;

    "McCain said in April, “I’m sorry to tell you that the price of oil — as far as I can tell — is not gonna go down anytime soon until we eliminate our dependency on it. We can do that as a nation — we can turn out the lights five minutes earlier, we don’t have to drive the extra block.”

    What’s wrong with this? Nothing in particular. In fact, it’s probably about as sensible as what Obama said about inflating our tires and getting regular tune-ups.

    The difference is, Dems didn’t spend a week getting “giddy” about using lightbulbs as a political prop and insisting that McCain’s entire energy policy is composed of turning off the lights.

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Peter (CA)

    For party unity, I was leaning towards Hillary.

    But this would be a fantastic choice. A smart, popular senator who is more conservative and can address issues on that side. This would be a fantastic choice for you, Sen. Obama.

    August 5, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Luis

    OMG what a moron………….

    Welcome to the Third World America. This is the promise of the media created false Messiah .

    This imposter is clueless, can't hold a position more than 24 hours, is completely unqualified to lead even a McDonald franchise and hangs out with scum like Wright, Farrakahn, Ayers, Ludacris and Rezko.
    He has stated he wished he could rid himself of his "white blood" (read his writings if you dare) and will be eaten alive by the enemies of America. His child-like views on foriegn policy and the economy ensure our descent into also-ran status.

    Great job DNC of "selecting" your candidate over the objection of Michigan, Florida and the will of 18 million Billary voters. Another brilliant strategic plan by Howard (Yeehaww) Dean and the DNC.

    It was great to be on top for so long. Liberals, get ready for a wake up call if this Manchurian candidate gets in…..

    Vote McCain or join the insane………….

    August 5, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. Victoria, NY

    Not sure I want this ticket. Didn't he support Hillary?

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. Chris from NY

    I will be glad if he picked him. He's as smart as Obama. Defends him more sincerely than any other Clinton backer.

    August 5, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Do it Obama, Bayh may have been stupid as hell during the primaries but hopefully he has wised up and realized that a democrat MUST take the Whitehouse and thereby he should help Obama.

    August 5, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. linda from South Dakota

    oh well,, mcain,, we told ya ,,,, but you ahve to find out the hard way,, obama will win and thoe who support him will be rewarded with a great persident,,, thoe who dont,, well,, like i said to mccain,, oh well, tol dya,, go obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Vietnam Vet

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    This is a riot! Mcbomb was talkin to some bikers today and they were
    saying their woman were going to sign up for a dance contest. McBomb opens mouth and inserts foot volunteering his wife to compete. This contest is a topless dance contest!!!ROTFLMAO

    August 5, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. NotFallingInLine.org

    I sure hope that Evan Bayh doesn't throw away a promising career by hitching his wagon to Barack Obama, an arrogant weasel who sleazed off with a nomination that he did not earn and does not deserve.

    Darragh Murphy, the treasurer of PUMA PAC, is also arrogant, collecting money from the members of PUMA PAC and using it for no one really knows what.

    Knoxville

    August 5, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Erik P

    I hope that this brings about the announcement of the VP choice. I really like Bayh, I think that he has a lot of credentials that Obama needs in a running partner. First, he has experience (especially foreign policy experience). He also is very popular in Indiana so he can carry the state. And he was a big Hilary supporter. This helps because it can bring in (at least some) PUMAPac haters and without it actually being Hilary (which would drive away a big chunk of his base).

    Much better choice than the other names being thrown around.

    August 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Peter

    Bayh would be perfect for Obama

    August 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. Hillarybot

    Not happy about this choice. I don't trust this guy. He wasn't very nice to Barack in the primaries. Not sure he will be loyal to a Barack Administration. He should wait until Hillary runs in 2016, because she will lose in 2012.

    August 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Hillarybot

    This guy doesn't look honest. Not sure he is right for Barack. And the critics will start saying:

    Bayh, Bayh Barack, or Bayh, Bayh Obama.

    Don't like this choice.

    August 5, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. Shannon, CA

    I think Barack can win Indiana without Bayh.

    O/08

    August 5, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. Barack the Tele-promp-ter Messiah

    I'm Barack Obama and I approve the message of wealth confiscation and redistribution.

    August 5, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. edw

    ..."I hate the gooks," McCain said yesterday in response to a question from reporters aboard his campaign bus. "I will hate them as long as I live."

    August 5, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. bob in L.A.

    Your headline is a lie- Bahy is NOT a VP candidate. No one is a VP candidate until voted on by the party which also means picked by the nominee and since neother has been done, you are misleading us with your choice of words.
    Did anyone cliaming to be a journalist ever take writing courses?

    August 5, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Noah

    Bayh is a bad choice as VP. If Obama wants to seal the deal with democrats he needs to go with Hillary Clinton, or risk losing and fracturing the democratic party for years.

    August 5, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. marianna

    Obama-Bayh?

    Yeah, bye-bye

    August 5, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. dr. yes we can

    whoever the one wants.he will get.i will support his choice.

    August 5, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. energy

    Why should Obama seek Hillary's help? I thought she is very divisive, anti-black, outdated, Washington insider, bagagges full, etc? Why is Obama not inviting grandma, "the worst speaker in history", Nancy Pelosi? Why not send Tim Kaine or Sebellius; Donna Brazille or Gloria Bolger and Jeff Cafferty or Roland Martin of CNN? Obama can also consider Chris Mathews of MSNBC?

    Obama should learn from the experiences of the Gore 2000 and the anti-clinton movement. Win first. Choose Clinton for VP.

    Obama for Unity 2008

    August 5, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. Citizen Ruth

    What Obama needs is a boring white guy as his VP, there are plenty of those around. Bayh fits the bill perfectly.

    August 5, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Some people will do anything to be noticed. That would be Bayh, who, if ever really supported Hillary for her view rather than his own future prospects, is still on "the scent."

    "I want to be VP. I want. I want. I want.

    August 5, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. Can't Trust Them

    The McCain camp turned away a black reporter, but kept other reporters. They then said it had nothing to do with race. When a female journalist tried to stand up for the reporter, she was turned away as well.

    August 5, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. victorhill

    Remember when Sen. McCain Said This;

    "McCain said in April, “I’m sorry to tell you that the price of oil — as far as I can tell — is not gonna go down anytime soon until we eliminate our dependency on it. We can do that as a nation — we can turn out the lights five minutes earlier, we don’t have to drive the extra block.”

    What’s wrong with this? Nothing in particular. In fact, it’s probably about as sensible as what Obama said about inflating our tires and getting regular tune-ups.

    The difference is, Dems didn’t spend a week getting “giddy” about using lightbulbs as a political prop and insisting that McCain’s entire energy policy is composed of turning off the lights.

    Sen. McClown For Center Ring

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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