August 6th, 2008
04:45 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama and Bayh deny veep talk

Obama and Bayh campaigned together in Indiana Wednesday.
Obama and Bayh campaigned together in Indiana Wednesday.

(CNN) – A few hours after all eyes in the political world watched Barack Obama and vice presidential contender Sen. Evan Bayh embrace onstage at a town hall in Elkhart, Indiana, the pair stopped at a diner in nearby Portage and denied there had been any talk of the No. 2 slot.

“Nothing today,” Bayh said, according to a pool report of the stop, adding that he and Obama talked about sports and family on the hour and a half-long bus ride to a local diner.

But Obama and his Senate colleague couldn’t escape questions from Hoosiers about their senator’s chances.

“He your vice president?” a woman asked Obama. “You get a job offer yet?” a bulky steelworker shouted at Bayh.

“Shhhh,” Bayh responded, eyeing Obama “with mock stealth and discomfort” according to the pool reporter. To the woman, Obama said, “I haven’t made a decision about my vice president yet.”

Throngs greeted the duo outside the diner as they tried to make their way back to the bus. Obama spotted supporters sporting the gear of his team, the White Sox, and remarked, “White Sox fans, go White Sox.” Nearby in the crowd, Bayh was telling someone else he’s a big White Sox fan.


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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Joe Kiloz

    I hope convention delegates are allowed to vote their mind without fear of reprisals. The more time has gone on, the more I'm one more of those who feels "buyer's remorse" with the current Obama campaign. If this was a real estate transaction, I wouldn't mind losing my good faith deposit.
    Delegates, please reconsider Hillary Clinton in the privacy of your environment and think about the good for all of us. It is OK to err, change positions, readjust, or tweak your intuitions. Overall, based on a national campaing, Hillary is more electable.

    August 6, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. "Pot, Booze and Blow when I could afford it" Obama 95

    Anyone but Hillary... if she runs with the tool she will never get another shot. She needs to go independant or wait until 2012. Obama has no chance and why get caught up in his sinking ship.

    August 6, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Crush Rush

    Biden is better by far.

    August 6, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. arlene, CA

    Maybe Barack should pick Biden? If not the 2 Tim's . But "NO to Hillary"

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

    Two men in the PRIME of their careers! perfect!

    Better than a fossil at the end of his (that would be unlikely to make any significant changes that impact others – least of all civilians because he never was one)

    August 6, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. Wait!!

    Obama and Bayh campaigned together in Indiana Wednesday.
    I don't know the Guy .....No Comment

    August 6, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. amy

    He better wise up and pick Hillary or it's all over for him. No other VP candidate can excite the dem's more than her. She wins the election for him.

    August 6, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. Chickens of justice

    Brian, New York August 6th, 2008 5:42 pm ET

    Why do some Hillary supporters think that if they revengefully abandon Barack that his supporters are going to support her the next time around?
    ______________________________________________________

    We are not ACTING for 2012- we are protesting injustice, bias, hatred and dirty intra-party vitriolic tactics in THIS ELECTION

    August 6, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Timmy Coffee

    Obama celebrity- another McCain code. ..for black minstrel- Obama the dancing monkey. McCain is truly pathetic!

    August 6, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. Roosting NOW not in 2012

    Brian, New York August 6th, 2008 5:42 pm ET

    Why do some Hillary supporters think that if they revengefully abandon Barack that his supporters are going to support her the next time around?
    _______________
    2012? Obama has destroyed the party with his dirty politics of divide and conquer... then regroup the troops after the damage has been done by charisma power and party loyalty.

    No way Jose.

    We will not allow the Tactics Obama used to subvert the democratic process to become the FUTURE of democratic party primaries.

    WE STOP IT NOW.

    Who knows what will be in 2012?

    August 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. 2012? Fix it NOW

    Brian, New York August 6th, 2008 5:42 pm ET

    Why do some Hillary supporters think that if they revengefully abandon Barack that his supporters are going to support her the next time around?

    ____________________________________________________
    Obma abandoned the democratic party, its ideals and the life long democratic party base- by insults, race-baiting, strong-arming and cheating and dismissing fellow democrats.

    Its ABOUT THAT, STUPID !!!!!!!!!! Not about 2012.

    Democrats picked the wrong nominee... now- not in 2012.

    August 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. PUMA 4 HILL

    I sure hope Bayh doesn't work with Obama boy.

    Wait for Hill in 2012

    August 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. The harm is now

    Brian, New York August 6th, 2008 5:42 pm ET

    Why do some Hillary supporters think that if they revengefully abandon Barack that his supporters are going to support her the next time around?
    _______________________________________________________

    Obama was so self-impressed that he carved up the party for his personal gain.

    He encouraged and inspired hatred in his followers- against fellow democrats.

    I cautioned about the danger of such divisive vitriolic tactics.

    This is the chickens coming home to roost.

    August 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. Selected by hate and division and race card

    Brian, New York August 6th, 2008 5:42 pm ET

    Why do some Hillary supporters think that if they revengefully abandon Barack that his supporters are going to support her the next time around?
    ____________________________________________________

    It is for democracy, justice, freedom and fairness.

    It has nothing to do with Hillary OR Barack .

    You are so silly to miss the big picture: No hate against fellow democrats JUST to steal a nomination.

    August 6, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. "Pot, Booze and Blow when I could afford it" Obama 95

    Timmy Coffee..

    Didn't know any of those terms... funny how all Obamanites do?

    However I bet Wright, Ayers, Farakan, (don't forget his radical partners that just quit this morning)... have plenty of nice terms like that... eh?

    Gotta hate racism... no matter where it comes from!

    August 6, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Maria, Texas

    Enough of Obama already! Seen too much of his smugness, pretending that he really knows all of what he's talking about. When in fact, he's simply relying on his stool pigeons of speech writers and advisors to tell him what to say, what to do, how to dress, etc. STOP GIVING HIM SO MUCH PRESS!!

    August 6, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. Chris

    Obama/Bayh '08 wins. Plus, Evan Bayh is awesome–I am surprised he isn't running for president. If Obama somehow loses, I hope to see Bayh on the ballot in 2012.

    August 6, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Mike in MN

    Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!, please make me stop laughing. He!He!He!

    I thought Democrats only hated Republicans. But I see Obama supporters hate Hilliary supporters and Hillary supporters hate Obama supporters. And the names you all call each other, wow they are the same names you call us. I thought they were special names just for Republicans. I feel a bit diminished now.
    And I see nasty remarks being made about Bayh too.

    And Hillary supporters are planning an 18 million person march in Denver at the same time she is going to give her convention speech. They will be chanting for her to rise up. She will probably deny it, but most likely she is behind it. If Obama runs and wins, she will never be President. She will be too old in 2016, she knows this because all the Demes are saying McCain is too old. If she does not run this year or in 2012, she will never be President. So she must either get the nomination this year or make sure Obama does not win in 2008. She has 18 million supporters behind her.

    With the Hillary/Obama drama going on, and the way Pelosi and Reid are running congress, it's like the best summer entertainment ever.

    Democrats really want people to believe they are qualified to run this country? They can't even run their own party.

    August 6, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Justin, Ohio

    Sick and tired of this socialist Obama. No Osama-Hussein-Obama 08.

    August 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Ann Romero

    Hillary Clinton is the only best choice for Vice President.

    No Hillary then No Obama. McCain 2008 Clinton 2012

    August 6, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. Vietnam Vet

    obama

    August 6, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. Bayou Joe

    I am having second thoughts about McCain. Not because he is bad for America, but because if Obama is elected, Americans will realize how good they have it and come to their senses. Sometimes a Nation has to experience real hardship for it to come to it's senses and count it's blessings.

    There is still a glimmer of hope. Obama is not yet the candidate of my father's party (Democrats) and someone who respects and loves our
    country may yet lead our great nation. That better person is a Woman,
    Hillary Rodham Clinton. She knows the enemy and will deal with them with force if necessary. I don't trust Obama to take on Iran and the Muslim world.

    August 6, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. Linda of Atlanta

    Hillary will not be VP! Get over it! She has "entitlement" written all over her and she and her husband cannot strong-arm Obama. I don't want her. She and Bill Clinton are bitter and they will undermine every effort Obama advances. Don't forget the Clintons think they are smarter than everyone else, including Obama. Notwithstanding the fact that Obama, "opened up a can of whup a-s" on them (to quote Jack Cafferty), they still believe themselves superior. Why would Obama want to put up with that? I certainly wouldn't

    August 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Megan

    I sure do love Obama. I think Bayh would at least be attractive physically as a VP. Two young, fresh faces.

    August 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. Texann

    Gee, "Sharon, VT" and "Vanette, WA", did you think we couldn't figure out you're one & the same? You weren't too clever in your "O/08" sign-off.

    I just can't support Obama without Hillary Clinton as his VP choice. If it's not Clinton, then I'll be either voitng for a third-party candidate or not voting at all. Actually, I think the DNC has screwed up royally with this biased annoiting of Obama from the get-go. It'll all come back to haunt them when the Karl Rove/Republican machine kicks into high gear after the convention. They are probably going to bury Obama. Everybody was so quick to jump on the "I can support Obama" bandwagon without looking at the candidates & the facts. Paybacks are terrible, ya know.

    August 6, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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