August 14th, 2008
08:18 PM ET
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Biden, Bayh get VP night slots at convention

Biden and Bayh are speaking Wednesday night.
Biden and Bayh are speaking Wednesday night.

(CNN) - The two senators widely believed to be at the top of Barack Obama's shortlist for VP have been given prime-time speaking slots at the Democratic convention Wednesday night - the very same night the vice presidential candidate is slated to speak.

According to the Democratic National Convention Committee, both Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden will deliver speeches on national security during the marquee night - the same evening former President Bill Clinton is also scheduled to speak.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar will also speak Wednesday evening, according to the convention committee.

But Biden and Bayh's appearance especially is sure to heighten speculation one of the two senators will ultimately be named Obama's running mate. The announcement also comes the same day Biden hit the campaign trail for the Illinois senator, accepting an endorsement on his behalf from the International Association of Firefighters in Las Vegas.


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  1. jerrywayne

    Hillary for VP!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  2. David Smock

    In response to one of the comments below: Yes, if Obama picks Hillary I will absolutely vote McCain. I'm an INDEPENDENT. For those of you who pick parties (obviously because you don't truly think about the issues), that means I can vote either Democrat or Republican, whichever is the BEST CANDIDATE. Anyway, I can't tolerate a VP who knowingly supported a president who obstructed justice and committed perjury, and was impeached and found legally to have done those things (So be careful what you say Bush haters). She should have stood up and said what he did was wrong. She didn't. She's totally unfit for the job based on her past decisions.

    August 14, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  3. Wisconsin

    ME IN FL:

    It is amazing how uneducated McShame supporters are.

    You realize these are not Obama's picks but CNN's, right?

    You just have to be stupid to be a McShame supporter and we see the proof daily.

    August 14, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  4. chgo dem

    i find it amusing that folks judge Obama on his choice of Bayh or Biden for VP when it's CNN that is speculating that one of them may be the choice. Can we please judge the candidates for what they do and what they say, not how we interpret a campaign schedule, or a flag pin, or a hand over the heart (or not) when the national anthem is played.

    August 14, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  5. Chantelle Minnesota

    B & B is the team for me...... go barack and bayh or barack and biden. Either way were going all the way

    August 14, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  6. Obama/Hillary 08

    God Jesus christ my Lord will come back to take us christian in heaven with him and in that day your social status will not be able to take you to heaven. You need to accept jesus Christ as your personal savior and water baptize to be eligible for heaven. George Bush, John Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton to name a few wil not go to heaven unless they have Jesus in their lives.

    August 14, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  7. David Smock

    One more thing...to the guy who referred to Obama's "inaptitude," you meant "ineptitude."

    August 14, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  8. Reality

    OBAMA / BIDEN 2008

    or if there's still a chance...

    OBAMA / HAGEL 2008

    August 14, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  9. Brian, Pittsbrugh

    It's funny, you can tell exactly who has been drinking too much kool-aid... and I wonder if they know it.

    Obama '08

    August 14, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  10. Benedct Arnold

    I like Jessie Jackson as Obama's VP. At least we know were Jackson stands. And he acknowledges his indiscretions rather than cover up or lie about them.

    August 14, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  11. God Bless America

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08...............................UNDEFEATABLE!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  12. Ll

    Chuck Hagel for VP.
    Don't all you Hillary folks know she is going to accept your votes and give them to Obama. Then how mad are you going to be at her?

    An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. – Victor Hugo

    August 14, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  13. Pat

    I think a dynamite choice would be MARIO CUOMO. He's of obvious presidential timber and gravitas, is a very good ideological fit with Obama, is brilliantly eloquent in his own right and would easily outshine any VP the Republicans could pick, has excellent executive experience that would compliment Obama's legislative experience, would help with the Catholic vote, and also might help solidify the New York state vote and perhaps even help bring around New Yorkers who originally supported Clinton. I think Joe Biden is a loose canon more interested in himself that would eventually hurt the campaign with his big mouth. And governor Bayh, however promising and attractive, is a nobody who won't add any heft to the ticket. As nice as it would be to have fresh faces, change, and a new start, I think Obama himself is enough on one ticket and voters need someone who is poised, a team player and obviously of presidential capabilty - someone we'd all have no doubts or questions about should they need to step in. Also, I think two senators on the ticket is too much. There should be someone with clear executive experience. I think MARIO CUOMO would be perfect in all these respects! I hope the Obama campaign hears this and, if they haven't already asked/vetted him, will seriously pursue him.

    August 14, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  14. Wood

    Give it up, P.U.M.A's! It's over!

    August 14, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  15. Kevin B

    She should just let go...and join the Whig Party!

    The Whig Party is a centrist party founded last September, has over 10,000 members and is one of the fastest growing parties in America. We are centrist and value economic growth as well as personal freedom

    August 14, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  16. steve

    Mccain/Corsi 08
    The evil dream ticket

    August 14, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  17. non black nonwhite

    Hillary is the worst candidate in political history. I can't believe how she can even run for the presidency I laugh hysterically about it. She has the weakest "resume" and she failed the bar exam. She has casted her spell on the dumb voters out there. Probably the same voters who voted for "W".

    August 14, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  18. Wood

    ME in FL,

    Lack of intelligence? Obama? Have you read the Atlantic Monthly article? Your girl Hill was a total, miserable failure!

    August 14, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  19. Puma Craig in PA

    if hillary isn't the VP, then I'm voting for McCain.

    August 14, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  20. Kathleen Kenney

    I also have kept my Hillary sticker! Senator Clinton is highly intelligent, has 35 years experience and has done a great job for the people of NYS.
    She will work tirelessly for universal health care.
    Barack Obama would be guaranteed 18 million more votes should he select Hillary Clinton for his running mate.

    August 14, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  21. Matt

    Raul in California if Obama picked Sebelius for VP, isn't that a gurantee Obama would lose every clinton vote? is that what you want?? mcjoke in the white house?! not me i would hate that.

    obama/biden 08

    August 14, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  22. Interesting...

    99% of responses to Political Ticker are pro-Obama folks. hmm, and Fox News is biased?

    I'm sure those at CNN, with a 10th grade education, will not post this. Sad...

    August 15, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  23. Dayahka

    So, why couldn't it be Bill Richardson or Ken Salazar? You're engaging in mere speculation without advancing any reasons pro or con your selections.

    August 15, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  24. Remember The Apprentice

    Remember the first African-American to win The Apprentice, Dr. Randal Pinkett's. He was also an extremely intelligent Oxford grad. He earned a Rhodes scholar. Like Obama he did everything he was supposed to do with dignity, humility and excellence – showing great foresight, vision and leadership. What happened when he won fair and square? All of a sudden for the first time in history Trump suggests that there be a co-apprentice. See any similarities?

    August 15, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  25. FactCheck

    Who is this Hillary person that all of these Republican troll and fringe Democratic idiots seem to be referring to?

    August 15, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
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