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. Spencer

    It's all good. He won't bring Barack more votes. I can't wait to see how shocked people are when they realize it's going to be my favorite VP choice, Colin Powell. Then Secretary of Defense Joe Biden. Secretary of Health, Hillary Clinton. Secretary of State, Evan Bayh. Now that sounds like a winning team. I can't imagine McCain/Lieberman winning anything. I wonder which one will croak first.

    Obama 08

    August 21, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Ben - Portland, Or

    Secretary of Defense?

    August 21, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. LMAO AFL Not Credible

    Obama/Reid 08..... Hati

    August 21, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Rick

    I'm expecting a call from Obama any minute now since I'm the only one left who hasn't turned him down yet. I guess nobody wants to climb on board a sinking ship.

    August 21, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. lol

    dnc and superdelegates wake up! obama is becoming unglued more every day. after the saddleback debacle, every one who watched can see he is incapable of answering a question. the uh-uh-uh stammering makes george bush look like a scholar compared to this bumbling idiot. hopefully the clinton puma's will hijack this convention, so the democrats have a chance of winning the white house back!

    August 21, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    “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?”
    I'll take the guy who worries about the price of arugula over someone who worries about the price of fuel for his private jet (the only way to get around Arizona!) any day.

    August 21, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Paul

    When is congress going to start working and stop complaining about each other? If these people had REAL JOBS like the rest of us they would be fired for complaining and a complete lack of getting anything done other than complaining. And unfortunately being a Democrat or a Republican doesn't seem to matter any more in congress I find them both equally worthy of being terminated or brought in and told to stop complaining and do something.

    August 21, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Veterans for Obama

    No Alice Brinkley, we despise morons like Bush, Cheny, Rumsfeld, and yes McCain.

    If you love this the right thing and back Obama!

    August 21, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. EDW

    Aw Alice, I support Obama (without the maniac added to it) and I do not dispise old people. My dad just turned 73 and I adore him. I'd appreciate if you would stay away from the general attacks on strangers.

    August 21, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Vegas

    Spencer in LA

    If you don't think Obama has been attacking people from the beginning you're just blinded by dedication to your nominee.

    He attacked Hillary early... (granted after Hillary did it first)... but the negative stuff has been going on from the start... and happens in every election.

    Obama has lost 15 points in 60 days... he's falling because he lacks real substance and the novalty of his rhetoric has grown old. He panders to both sides and come off weak... and without a teleprompter he's horrible... that was visible in the primary.

    August 21, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. bob in L.A.

    Let's cross Obama off the list too! His star burned brightly for a month and has flickered ever since. And there are no caucuses in the general election.
    I don't want McCain to be our next president, but i don't think Obama can win the election against a machine that will not be as nice as Hillary(LOL) was- and we know how he reacted to her attacks! Imagine when the Republicans get through with him!

    August 21, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Spencer in LA

    ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK!!! No more Mr. Nice Democrat!!

    The polls are already swinging back toward Obama today. McSame's supposed bump were just the same old right wing christian pro lifers that would never go Democrat anyways that came over after McSame's pandering at Saddleback.

    All the Independents are still ripe for the picking....

    Attack, Attack, Attack...... McSame's in Big Oils pocket, gets money from Abremoff Cronies, Wants a new draft, will give tax breaks to the rich, lets lobbyists run his campaign, doesnt know how many houses he has, and Who's wife colludes with other rich investors to sell Bud to Inbev at the expense of hard working Americans.

    McSame makes this too easy...Attack Attack Attack!!

    Obama 08!

    August 21, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Nom Deplume

    Too bad. If someone has to be in control of Obama's strings, I prefer it be someone with some actual experience and foreign policy gravitas. Except for Biden, Nunn was it.

    August 21, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Dan , TX

    VP's don't really matter to me. What does the party platform say. That is all that counts. Who cares who the president is, it is policy that counts.

    August 21, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. mark

    Obama for PRESIDENT, no doubt about it !!!

    August 21, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Beverly, NYC

    Was he ever on the short list? How about real news like McCain wants the draft etc.

    August 21, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    You do know that Obama isn't the one hyping the VP pick – that it's the media filling time, right? He is simply adhering to a pre-determined schedule and will announce it at the proper time.

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

    But at least YOU'RE being mature about it. Did you stomp your foot when you typed this?

    August 21, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. NoMcSame

    Cross his off along with Billary. All you PUMA people need to line up to join the Army to really show your support for McSame because your girl Billary will not be on the ticket. She can do like Joe and go.

    August 21, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. gl

    Jennifer Miller – What will you be saying after next week when Obama is Nominated. Get over yourself you losers. The Clintons is done already!

    August 21, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would have been a long shot for Nunn to be on the ticket. He has a lot of experience regarding foreign policy and national security. I think it would have been hard since he was the one that pushed for "Don't ask don't tell." He could still be an adivsor to Obama when he becomes president.

    To Joe Kiloz, please don't type like that. It is hard on the eyes. If you want to make a point, make it with the words you use, not how you type them.

    August 21, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. TheTruthHurts

    This is becoming a process of elimination. How depressing. Just select Bayh and get it over with already.

    August 21, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. Russell


    Any Clinton supporter who says they'll vote for McCain is NOT a CLinton supporter and shame on her for not saying so.

    Selfish PUMAs would rather destroy the county than accept the defeat of their candidate. YOU ARE WORSE THAN THE REPUBLICANS!


    August 21, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. gl

    Sam Nunn wasn't even on the shot list.

    August 21, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Pascal

    To all the Americans here who are already complaining that a no Hillary pick as VP will be Obamas will be your loss if McSameasBush will become the next president. And that loss will hurt you like never ever before!!

    August 21, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Nom Deplume


    Like we got used to Lenin, Stalin, Castro, Chavez, etc.???

    Have you noticed that Obama is feared by those with something to lose? By those that have accomplished and succeeded?

    Who loves Obama? Those who can't or won't work to better their lives, but would rather take from those who have. Either by ballot or by bullet, we get robbed by the dregs.

    August 21, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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