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. A.O.

    Not really concerned with petty Republican-Democrat glove slapping duels.

    There is a new day in America. We are ALL tired of living in fear, having corporate gluttons steal our money and send our jobs overseas, politicians and "contractors" profiting on war, and the status quo.

    We need someone who is eloquent, thoughtful and not afraid to present new ideas to this generation going forward.

    Sorry, McCain supporters, he does NOT inspire.

    Obama is the choice for a renaissance of pride and hope in being American and projecting a strong image worldwide.

    August 21, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Linda VA

    We will all find out in a few days. And then you can fuss about the choice he made. There is no pleasing everyone.

    August 21, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. rhoward

    Would someone please tell me where John McCain got his experience running a country? All of the political offices he has held in the last 25 years have been in Congress, so where does all of this experience comes from? He has no more executive experience than Obama or, dare I say it, Hillary Clinton. If you want experience running a country, you'd have to pick from Jimmy Carter, G.H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Dan Quayle, Bob Dole, Al Gore, George Bush, or Dick Cheney. Out of those, only Carter, the 1st Mr. Bush, Quayle, Dole, Gore and Cheney have any eligibility left.

    August 21, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Erica from GA

    *********PLEASE POST***********




    August 21, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Please, please , please just don't let it be Hillary!

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

    No matter who is chosen, Mr. Obama will appear even more unqualified for office. If Mr. Obama chooses someone with experience and qualifications, he will pale by comparison as he has none. If he chooses someone who is less qualified for office than he (good luck), it will become even more apparent that he suffers from poor judgment and is not ready to lead.

    Ultimately, it does not matter who is chosen to round out the Democratic ticket because, at the top of the ticket is Mr. Obama, the most unqualified nominee ever chosen by the DNC.

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

    Obama should choose Veep who is harder than Obama on jewesh (sp?) puppets like Lieberman, so that they go against the grain and struggle to keep Barack H ( yes H) Obama alive.

    Senescent McNuts should retire.

    August 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. marie - ohio

    Veterans for Obama.......................If you LOVE your country you would vote for anyone other then OBAMA. You must be a die hard democrat and don't know any better. You know some of us don't like morons like you either.

    August 21, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Raymond Duke

    Nunn is not crazy. He wants to be able to live in Georgia with a good name. Plus can you see the business he would lose by supporting an anti- american black liberation canidate.

    August 21, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Obama's VP pick will be a surprise. I don't think it will be any of the names mentioned. I think, Nunn, and Biden will serve the country best being in the cabinet

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

    "DR: It will silence the old man, and his Jewish puppet master Lieberman."


    August 21, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. John Smith

    The Democrats are so self-destructive! How can anyone with a brain larger than a bird ask Obama to choose Hillary (and Bill) to return to the White House.

    Such a choice will wake up even DEAD Republicans to return to the pools. Let the active Hillary supporters understand that Hillary (or Bill) is NOT fit to return to that White House.

    Like Bill, McCain is loaded with past sins that will forever hunt America, if he were to be President. Cindy McCain stole someone else's husband.

    August 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Richard E. Brown

    Whats going on? Have people forgotten the relationship that John McCain had with Charles Keaton...( The Keaton Five ) and how people got rip off by the Saving And Loan scam....Peole loss their life savings, thanks to John McCain in his attempt to block convictions of his buddy Charles Keaton...

    August 21, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Obamalism

    If he picked hillary, would you clinton supports really vote for him? He'd be putting hillary on the ticket solely for your votes. Don't think for a second that he'd actually take her advice much less speak to her once in office.

    August 21, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Mike-Woodmont CT

    The supposition that Barack has been turned down is insanity. That there is serious deliberation is the the reality. No one can accuse Senator Obama of being inexperienced. He's smart, he's a US Senator and he needs no help from an older colleague any more than President Clinton did.

    He will make the right choice and you who are mean spirited and bigoted (and we know who you are!) will see the greatest presidential enlightenment since JFK–if you're old enough to remember!!

    I have 2 choices–Hillary Clinton or Caroline Kennedy.

    August 21, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Ian

    Ah ha!!! What about a conference call?

    August 21, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Alex

    Thats twenty three million dollars of debt. Surely, if Hillary controlled eighteen million voters as advertised, all she'd have to do is solicit a$1.30 from each of them to settle the debt. She hasn't settled it yet, what does that tell us?

    August 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Steve R

    maybe that Aryers guy will show up...........
    and together they will rule the universe

    August 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Obama < Hillary

    Nunn never had a shot. The DNC has no time for moderates in the party.

    The DNC is moving just left of Mao.

    August 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Joel, Honolulu

    I keep reading these experience comments and it makes me wonder who has experience being POUTS. The only people with such experience are former Presidents. They all learn on the job because there is no way to be prepared for the challenges that emerge. What did Lincoln do that prepared him to win the Civil War? What exactly were Teddy Roosevelt's accomplishments before being President? Look at the ones who have a lot of GOVERNMENT experience, like George HW Bush – they are not successful because they don't have fresh ideas. Decades of service squeeze it out of you. I'll take someone with intelligence and good judgement who knows more than war war war.

    August 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. C!

    I just got a text... it's ME! hahaha...

    I trust Obama's decision on this... He gets my vote no matter what! =)

    Obama `08!

    August 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Dean

    Colin Powell?

    I'd prefer him as President.

    However, Spencer's cabinet line up appeals to me too.

    August 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Lopez

    Please put your differences aside and stand behind Obama.

    We need to vote for him in order to fix the economy.

    It shouldn't matter if Hillary is or isn't on the ticket. Right now the important thing is getting our candidate into the white house and winning the election this November.

    Please Vote this November.

    Remember nothing will be fix if you vote for McCain.

    August 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Observer

    I've noticed people posting in groups about how much of a "loser" Obama is. Though it seems to be the behaviour of somebody who is a loser and hasn't much else to do that would spend hours of their day making the same empty commends over and over again on web postings.

    August 21, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Ann

    McCain is a real person. He has character. He has experience.
    Why would we want to elect an untried and unexperienced rock star type
    who wants us to believe he is better. He has no plan and nothing going except has excited many with a change platform. What are the changes? Spell them all out. Let us decide if he is a person of change. Let us decide if he is anything other than another one wanting to add President to his resume.

    August 21, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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