August 5th, 2008
05:45 PM ET
10 years ago

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. Hopeful in LA

    No, "An Independent Hillary" not voting for Obama doesn't make you a racist - but it does make you look like you'd rather have four more years of the same Bush policies - how's that working your you, by the way? And don't forget the Supreme Court - maybe you'd like more right-wing Justices that would shape the direction of the Country for years and years to come. I'd much prefer a President who is not too stubborn and hard-headed to change his position when new information becomes available or as situations change. That does not make him a flip-flopper - it makes him smart and mature (two qualities lacking in our lame duck president.

    August 5, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. JOHN


    August 5, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. Lauren, ID

    I really wish he would choose John Edwards. He would be the perfect VP. But the world is so crazy, and it's all about politics and getting certain states. That's a shame.

    The Republicans don't need to win because of their horrendous record in Congress or the White House. They were giddy with power and the American people are suffering for it.

    Someday we'll look back on this time and wonder how we, the American people could have been so stupid. We let GW stomp all over our Constitution. It's shameful.

    August 5, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. John - texas

    This is a done deal.....bayh is VP....

    August 5, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Regan, IL

    The people will have the last laugh. George's legacy will be the worst of all the presidents. He will be the first president who allowed torture. He will be the first president to have an openly corrupt Justice Department.

    The sad thing is he thinks he did a good job. He wants to go back and play golf, when he is solely responsible for the loss of over 4,000 soldiers. May he never rest in peace for those poor souls.

    How can anyone trust a president who goes to war for personal reasons. Especially when that president ducked a war when duty called.

    I'm sad today because we allowed him to get away with deeds that were borderline criminal. His henchmen are now jumping ship or hiding, the rats.

    It's not too late; throw GW and his policies overboard by voting against McCain.

    August 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Lisa

    For the first time in my Adult life, I never even heard of this guy!

    August 5, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Scott L

    LOL! Yes, please select Bayh! It doesn't matter whom Obama selects, he will get crushed in November. Everyone please please please mark my words on this. Obama will NEVER win the white house. Dems are smoking some happy pies thinking it will happen. There is a silent republican majority that are not being polled and whom will quietly pull the lever for John McCain.

    August 5, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. EBC, MD

    We're FIRED UP and READY to GO!!!!!

    We're FIRED UP and READY to GO!!!!

    We're FIRED UP and READY to GO!!!

    August 5, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. Clif

    no! independant hillary. That makes you ignorant.

    August 5, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. John "I don't cheat on my dying wife" Edwards

    Well, not when I can help it, which is not very often.

    Bayh is stealing my schtick – Hollywood hair and looks. That's right, style over substance, baby!

    August 5, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Democrat for John McCain

    It will be a good pair. Bayh also has very little experience in foreign policy. Vote John McCain.

    August 5, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Wisconsin who?

    Who is this "wisconsin" woman, and why is she "pulling" for Edwards? John does NOT share, my dear!

    August 5, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. Spider

    bob in LA-

    By definition, the word candidate means a possible choice. After being chosen by the Presidential candidate and the parties convention, a VP candidate would then be be termed the Vice Presidential running mate. You must be another example of an educated Obama supporter.

    August 5, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Obama should choose Bayh/ Biden/ or Clinton.

    Preferrably Biden.

    August 5, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    I like the guy, Bayh, but still feel that Obama should pick Hillary. I was, and am an Obama supporter and have come to feel that Hillary Clinton is a better choice for him.

    August 5, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. jd

    Obama is Intelligence, McSurge is BUSH once again.

    August 5, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. independent

    obama-bayh. sounds like pig latin.

    August 5, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. rachel

    Yeah what ever, Obama's ego will have him choose someone who he has no fear will out shine him. Obama can do what he wants I am not enthralled with him.

    August 5, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Arden

    Of all the candidates I am beginning to think that Evan Bayh may be the safest. He has the experience that Obama lacks in some areas, Hillary Clinton voters may be enthusiastic about the choice and most important Obama has to feel comfortable with his running mate and God forbid if something happens to Obama, Evan Bayh could take over and keep things running as smoothly as possible under emergency conditions.

    August 5, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Annie

    Sure, why not pick Bayh. Then he would have another dem in name only on the ticket who tends to vote more like republicans while Obama is tending to try and be more republican than McCain to garner votes. That would indeed be a first – 4 republican lites running for the first time in American history with no real democrats in the race ever. Now that is history making!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. Denise Groves

    I am so excited! Whoever it is, will be the right candidate for the ticket

    August 5, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. Mike

    Growing up in Indiana during the Governor Bayh years, I believe Obama would stupid not to pick Bayh as VP

    BAYH 2016

    August 5, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. Debby

    Bayh won't do anything for the ticket.

    August 5, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. Lucieann

    Sen. Bayh is a very good choice, and I would applaud Barack for that choice.....Biden is good,there are a lot of good choices...Hillary isn't one of them, unless she sends Bill on a mountain-climbing excursion to Mt. Everest!!

    August 5, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. Shelly

    What Bayh has going for him that distinguishes him from other senators is his experience as Governor. Great choice!!

    August 5, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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