August 21st, 2008
03:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Cross Nunn's name off the list?

It appears Nunn will not be Obama's VP.

It appears Nunn will not be Obama's VP.

(CNN) - It appears Sam Nunn, the former Georgia senator and a leading Democratic expert on foreign policy issues, can safely be crossed off the list of Barack Obama's potential running mates.

Nunn spokeswoman Kathy Gwin confirms to CNN the former senator will be out of the country through Monday - far from Springfield, Illinois, where Obama is expected to hold a rally with his newly-named VP Saturday.

Gwin refused to release further details about the trip, saying only that Nunn was traveling on "international business."

Nunn's moderate political views, Southern ties, and gravitas on issues of national security and nuclear non-proliferation have made him a perennial VP contender, though he said last month it's a job he has never coveted.

"I have never aspired to that office," said Nunn at an Obama campaign event last month. "It is always nice to have your name mentioned - it is an honor - but I have no expectation of being offered any office, and I am not in any way sitting on the edge of a chair ready to go back into government."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Sam Nunn
soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. BK

    Nunn doesn't want to be tied to an inexperienced loser either.

    August 21, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Joe Kiloz

    O M A M A' S-–A N D-–O U R-–C O U N T R Y ' S-–L O S S--

    G R E A T-–C A N D I D A T E--F O R --M C C A I N--

    S E C R E T A R Y-- O F-–S T A T E

    August 21, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. anonmouys

    dont say it

    August 21, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Otis

    What do you bet it will be Claire McCaskill as his VP?

    August 21, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Trever

    The reason Obama's poll numbers have dropped in the last few weeks, is becuase he has "seemed" to not be considering Clinton anymore...

    This is his first big decision of his Campaign and possibly his Presidency. Half of the Deocratic Party have made their desire for the Unity Ticket clear. He must represent the people.

    Obama/ Clinton '08

    August 21, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Mike - Texas

    And Obama is turned down yet again.

    August 21, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. therealist

    McCain will put America first..


    August 21, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. It's The Digital Age ...

    That's the wrong logic .... the announcement of the VP will be made by text / e-mail on Tuesday evening, after that day's covention business is concluded.

    This achieves the kind of confidentiality that Obama will exhibit as President.

    The focus should be on foriegn affairs and the ability of Obama to trust the VP. On this point.

    C. Powell – BEST – former Secretary of State, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

    J. Biden – BETTER – Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foriegn Affairs with 30 years of "true" senatorial experience.

    E. Bayh – GOOD – a former governor from a "red state" and member of the Senate committe on foreign affairs.

    T. Kaine – Not yet –

    Clinton – also a "Jr Senator" with not a lot of real experience. She's better for the Cabinet in the role of Secretary of Health & Human Services ... look for that announcement following the Republican Convention

    August 21, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Mark Wagner

    No surprise here. His name has rarely been brought up for weeks.

    August 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. WordsMatter

    “Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses?” the McCain camp responded. “Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people cling to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?”

    August 21, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. D R

    Sounds like the Clinton faithful are still holding their collective breath as a threat to Obama. Once impeached, they have zero integrity. They could have done a much better job uniting the democrats. i hope Obama picks Binden! It will silence the old man, and his Jewish puppet master Lieberman.

    August 21, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Vegas

    Nicely done... get away from the LOSER meeting.... LMAO

    Nobody wants to attache themselves to this clown... bet he picks the new Gov from WV because he's as naive as Obuma... and might be stupid enough to accept.

    Obama is falling like enron stock... nobody want's to go with him

    August 21, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. anna ga

    Dang it.

    August 21, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Jay

    I do not believe her. I think Sam Nuun is the one. This is just to get the media of his back.

    August 21, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Spencer in LA

    VP makes no difference now that Obama is on the attack and McCain is on the defensive. The MO is in Obama's favor now. McCain had his good week, and thats a bad thing for the republicans with so much time left.

    ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK!!! Its Working!!

    No More McSame!

    Obama 08!

    August 21, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. California Voter

    Obama/Clinton 08. . . . . if he wants the votes he needs to name the person who received about 18 million votes . . .far more than Biden received, right?

    August 21, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    No surprise.

    Some of you need to be educated on basic economics. There is a significant difference between national DEBT and national DEFICIT.

    DEFICIT = This is supposed to refer to a monetary shortfall of the annual budget. This number typically changes every year. Sometimes it is positive, which would be a good thing. The 2008 deficit will be a couple of trillion dollars or even more because of the wars.

    DEBT = This is the sum total of all of the deficits that have accumulated over the years. Think of that national debt clock in Times Square NYC. The last I checked, that figure was reading 500 trillion dollars.

    August 21, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Kenneth F.

    Wow, Sam Nunn, he was old when I was young. Next!

    August 21, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Too bad. Nunn could have provided much needed adult supervision to Barry.

    August 21, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Jennifer Miller

    If not Hillary Clinton, then vote still will go to McCain because Obama has no experience in being a Leader of a country such is the USA.

    August 21, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Alice Brinkley

    Retired Sen Nunn could not be successful because you Obamaniacs despise old folks.

    August 21, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. LoveObama

    You people are shacking in your boots because you're so afraid that Barack H. Obama will be the next president. Just get use to it.

    August 21, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Kenneth F.

    So long as it is not Hillary. Between her and Bill the White House might as well be a trailer if he picks them.

    August 21, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Teresa

    It does not matter who Obama picks as he can only appease half with any choice he makes (No Hilliary 50% to McCain, With Hillary losses the other half). Looks like a no win situation to me....I won't vote for him either way because he has no experience and I don't want another Carter for 4 years...

    August 21, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Tony

    Hey Barack. The mroe you act like a 16 year old school girl with a secret and as if you were already elected, the more seriously I am considering just sitting this election out and letting the chips fall where they may.

    Grow up and announce your V.P. choice............NOW!

    August 21, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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