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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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Down with Obama

    No body wants to run with Obama...can you blame them...Obama is political suicide for who ever he chooses!

    August 21, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. hillybilly

    it will be wesley clark.

    August 21, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Tennessee Mike

    EXECUTIVE ORDER – In the BO cabinet, "Secretary of Defense" has been changed to "Secretary of Appeasement" – and congratulations to Joe Biden, Secretary of Appeasement

    August 21, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Alex

    Biden is a long time washington insider(status quo) which undercuts Obama's message. Further, he's already a two time loser in presidential runs. Bayh was a staunch Clinton advocate in spite of her manifest lack of honesty and integrity. This speaks poorly of him. Kaine is young and would only encourage those who suggest that Obama is too young and inexperienced. This leaves only Kathleen Sebelius. Sixty year young, executive experienced, two term governor of a republican state. She would get the majority of independents to come her way. And women in general would flock to her side. Hillary don't control eighteen million voters as advertised. If she did, she wouldn't have twenty three dollars of debt. She could solicit $1.30 from each of them. Don't beleivethe hype. GO KATHLEEN!

    August 21, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Joan B.

    Hillary for the top of the ticket only. No VP spot. OK!! to have Hillary lead the ticket and BO be VP. So he can learn the job and run in 2016.

    August 21, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Chi4Obama

    Who cares. Since when was Nunn ever among the top considerations for VP to begin with. CNN I think you are just looking for any "story" to fill the daily headlines.

    August 21, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. AJ

    With that tie? No way its Nunn. Obama/Bloomberg 08 (take that Lieberman)

    August 21, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. John in DC

    For those who insist that Obama thinks there are 57 states.....

    There were 57 primary and caucus results that had to be accounted for during the democratic Primary season:

    50 states, plus

    1) Guam
    2) American Samoa
    3) U.S. Virgin Islands
    4) Puerto Rico
    5) Democrats Abroad
    6) District of Columbia
    7) ***Texas' caucus (or primary), depending on which one you counted the first time as one of the 50 states. Remember that Hillary won the Texas primary and Obama won the Texas caucus?

    This, my friends, gives you 57 primary results. Duh. Obama stated that he wanted to compete in every contest during the Primary season. These are the "57" to which he referred and which others can't seem to stop falsely alluding to

    BTW...he won a majority of those contests and used them to pad his delegate lead. Those who were too uninformed to realize that Primaries are conducted in more than the 50 states would have used the same flawed strategy that doomed the other Democratic campaigns.

    August 21, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Dan , TX

    Words matter said

    "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?"

    Yes he does want that debate because 1) Obama doesn't eat arugula as much as broccoli 2) If my budget is tight, I will cling to a gun if McCain is elected and I will cling to God's words when he tells me what to do with it.

    John McCain is a lying, lazy, jerk, who dumped his wife to marry into money because he couldn't earn it on his own. He hasn't got a clue as to how to manage people or run a country. How's he worthy of being president?

    August 21, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    I don't think it was ever going to be Nunn for VP.......but he may play a big role in an Obama administration.

    August 21, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Cmon CNN post my comments

    So did you hear why McCain doesn't know how many houses he had?

    It's because, according to his spokesman (who must feel like an emasculated idiot by now), "This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years - in prison."

    Forgive me for anything I say or do...I was a POW. But that qualifies me to be POTUS!!

    August 21, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Mike from L.A.

    Another Nunn Bites The Dust!!

    People, listen to me on this one. The VP is Hillary. I personally guarantee you this one. CNN should be happy about this, they've been pushing her on him hardcore.

    August 21, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Carl

    CNN = All Obama, all the time. They can't hide their bias!

    August 21, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. jimtranr in Oregon

    I doubt that Nunn was ever a serious VP option. And if Obama picks someone other than either Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden for the second slot, he'll have extremely rough sledding in November. The question is, does the presumptive Democratic nominee really want someone who both speaks truth to power and has the potential to outshine him on the campaign trail on his ticket?

    August 21, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Mikey

    Mike, Syracuse, NY August 21st, 2008 3:53 pm ET
    Too bad. Nunn could have provided much needed adult supervision to Barry.
    Does that mean Sidney McCain will be selecting a nurse so they can change his depends????????

    August 21, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    I have to laugh at those of you saying everyone is turning Obama down for the VP slot......heck, the Republican senators don't even want to be seen at their own's that for a turn down?

    August 21, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. politicojunk

    Anyone with the name "anonymous" is a troll!

    August 21, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Rudy NYC. Talk about the need to be educated. The deficit this fiscal year ending on Sept. 30th will be $389 billion, not a 'couple of trillion dollars' as you report. The national debt as of today is estimated at $9.6 trillion. This is two orders of magnitude less than your number of $500 trillion. But hey, what's $490.4 trillion? That's OK, because Obama is ahead in the polls by 10,000%. Oops, that's supposed to be 1%.

    August 21, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. matt

    Has anyone else noticed how one-sided cnn’s coverage has been in the last few days, ever since the new polls came out favoring McCain? there completely in the bag for Obama

    August 21, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. mimi

    How can you say McCain will be a good President? He can't manage his campaign, he doesn't know how many houses he has, and he is going along with Bush to make contraceptives illegal. Think about that one
    guys??? His economic advisor Carly Fiorina was FIRED from HP because she tried to bankrupt HP. You can't really be a moron can you?

    Obama has made significant decisions he has managed a huge campaign without any blips, no links to Abramoff(?) or other special interest groups. No in fighting, his choices have worked.
    Oh and he doesn't forget things like old, wrinkled white guys.

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

    Obama would feel threatened by Hilary's obvious experience over him.
    No, she does not have a chance for VP. She should be the one running for Pres.

    August 21, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Chi4Obama

    Nice job CNN (and the rest of the media), for helping to create a frenzy as to "who" will be the VP pick. It's funny how headlines jump from "Biden" to "Kaine", to "Nunn", etc in just a matter of moments.

    Then, it all of a sudden becomes a major newsstory if one of the presumptive candidates for VP claims that they are not interested.

    Everyone please calm down and relax.
    No need to speculate, or get overly anxious.
    Obama will announce his VP, when he announces his VP.......

    Until then, take a chill pill.

    Democrats '08.

    August 21, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. The Idiot Brigade

    Shout out to: Tony & Vegas! You been Dubbed As Idiots Today. Go educate yourselves. The more you hate the more popular the man gets!

    As for "The Digital Age", right on! However, he can't make Powell VP, think about how those racists would be if two black men were running the country. He is the BEST choice for VP but America is sadly not ready to be color blind. Shame Shame.

    August 21, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. mark

    Obama, take Hillary as vice president and you will win for 100% !!!!!!!

    Obama/Clinton '08

    August 21, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. kay

    Well said anonymus.

    August 21, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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