August 5th, 2008
05:45 PM ET
6 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. Ron Nebraska

    Personally, I think Sen. Chuck Hagel would be the best choice for v.p.

    August 5, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    NotFallingInLine.org
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    Guess what? You are NOT FOOLING ANYONE, we know that you are the PUMA PAC WATER BOY!

    BY THE WAY are you trying to tell us that ALL OF THOSE HILLARY SUPPORTERS WHO SWITCHED TO BARACK AFTER HILLARY LOST FAIR AND SQUARE, ARE THROWING AWAY THEIR PROMISING CAREERS? Now, now. don't forget, HILLARY IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE? DO YOU THINK THAT SHE IS THROWING AWAY HER CAREER?

    NOW, DO YOU SEE HOW WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE A FAKE?

    August 5, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. Spider

    Oh I see, CNN. Edw (which probably stands for Easily Duped Weirdo) can make up a quote and you publish it. I, make one up and you delete it. If John McCain would have made a statement like that, it would be all over the media.

    August 5, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. EqualBranchesofGovernment

    Barack Obama would be better with selecting Governor Richardson from New Mexico as his VP. He has previous foreign policy experience under the Clinton administration and can help deliver votes from the Western states should Sen. McCain select Mitt Romney and will help deliver the hispanic vote.

    August 5, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. john williams san diego, ca.

    Bayh–don't tie your star to a falling, throw them under the bus flip-flopper. i'm believing in this change thing-every day is a new change in his changes.

    August 5, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Susan

    No matter who he chooses, that person will be a dmaned sight better than whatever Reuglican Mclame can come up with!

    August 5, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. David Goldman for OBAMA

    THERE ARE PLENTY REPUBLICANS THAT ARE

    SICK & TIRED OF ELECTING DONKEYS. THEY

    WILL COME AROUND.

    August 5, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. Harley Rider

    If Obama becomes President will the Secret Service have to wear Bow Ties?

    August 5, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. sarah

    for god's sake evan stay away from this train wreck.

    August 5, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Bayh is not a good pick for Obama. I live in Indiana and I haven't seen anything Bayh has done. If he is good anywhere it is in the southern part of the state.

    Besides, I believe Obama when he says he will announce the VP at the Convention.

    August 5, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Bulldog

    McCain = 1/2 Bush + 1/2 Cheney

    August 5, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  12. AMK

    BAD

    CHOICE

    2008

    August 5, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. Chuck, Montgomery, AL

    You mcwarmonger worshipers are nuts!!!!!! He's gonna bring back the draft and take men and women, single and married, kids or no kids to fight IRAN.

    He's a prejudiced old warmonger. He loves his c* tho, doesn't he?

    August 5, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    Can't Trust Them
    =============
    When did this happen? I'm not being sarcastic, I would really like to know when McCain did this? I have been away for a few days and maybe that is why I missed this.

    Democrat For John McCain
    =====================
    Please do some research. OUCH SORRY, you obviously did not EVEN READ AND UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE ARTICLE!

    August 5, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Frank, San Francisco

    Evan Bayh what a safe and boring choice and oh so much more qualified than Senator Clinton

    August 5, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. Marie in California

    Obama will suck up to anyone.....will change his story countless times depending on what group he's trying to manipulate votes from.....flip-flop from one stance to another on any issue if he feels he can get someting out of it. Bottom line.....Obama is nothing but a self-serving, sociopathic chameleon.

    Will the REAL Obama please stand up??? I rather suspect if he did all we'd see is a puff of smoke that vanishes in the first breeze that comes along. In short......absolutely no substance, just smoke and mirrors.....illusions, delusions.....all sorts of deceptive chicanery. That's the essence of Obama.

    If not Hillary, then McCain!

    PUMA

    August 5, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. psittacines

    Victorhill....

    That was a GREAT observation and I hope everyone takes it to heart...keep posting that....thanks:)

    August 5, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  18. Allen in Hartwell GA

    At this point any two people running on the Democratic ticket are good enough for me. McCain has rolled over just like Bob Dole did in 1996. I might have voted for Dole, and might have voted for McCain, but will not vote for a puppet like the one we're waiting to get rid of.

    August 5, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. Dems Unite & Vote Big

    It's coming together. Obama's doing great despite moronic remarks on a daily basis by McCain. How absolutely stupid does McCain think America is by running his campaign with only lies and smears? We want REAL ISSUES to be solved – not another BIG OIL commercial.

    August 5, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. eddale

    I see the good ole boys are getting restless :o)

    August 5, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. Brian

    Why is no one in the mainstream media reporting that "ObamaBayh08.com" takes you to the official DNC website?

    I've tried every combination of "Obama" with every suggested running mate I can think of, and none of them take you anywhere official.

    CNN, why do I have to go to the blogs to find this out?

    August 5, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. Obama mama, Grayslake IL

    Obama will sit down with his team and pick up the VEEP who will help him lead this country to re-gain its name outside around the world.

    I have never gone to the voting booth, but this year I will go and vote for Obama. We want new ideas, new blood and new direction. McCain is another Bush in the office he does not even know about the economy of this country or how to re build it why put another dummy in the OFFICE?. MCCAIN HAS NO PLAN FOR THIS COUNTRY. He would want to make sure that his wife go big time making business with her connections in CUBA.

    August 5, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. MATT

    I THINK HE IS A GOOD PICK FOR VP, BUT THE PROBLEM WITH THE HOLD THING IS, OBAMA IS BLACK. IF OBAMA WAS WHITE, THE POLLS WOULD HAVE HIM 70% OR MORE AHEAD OF MCCAIN. MCCAIN IS A DUMMY AND THE WORLD NOSE IT. IF MCCAIN WIN THIS ELECTIONS IT MEANS ONLY TWO THINGS. THIS COUNTRY IS STILL FULL OF HATE AND DON'T CARE IF WE ALL GO TO HELL, JUST AS LONG AS A BLACK MAN DON'T GET THE SEAT.

    August 5, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. Used2bdemocrat

    So obama is copying yet another idea of a political opponent. Funny though, he is taking the wrong date. He has steadfastly refused to debate McCain in this environment. What a pathetic candidate he is. How could anyone support this racist, marxist, socialist fraud?

    August 5, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. Proud American

    Obama/ Whomever '08

    August 5, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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