August 21st, 2008
03:15 PM ET
6 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. Brent Hall

    You don't want a Democrat? You've bought the Republican hype: let's make it about Obama, not the Reps. vs. the Dems.–no chance in that fight. You got your first glimpse yesterday of ye ole draft. McCain wins, we stay in a war, somewhere, continually until he's out of office; no way around a draft, even if he does say "no draft".

    You just keep your eyes and ears open, and you'll see. Not to mention, he doesn't know any better that to continue what nukuler Bush has done. You go study some history and see how the "young" have faired: been some great ones. Whatever experience they lack, they can find the expertise to help.

    Look at the billions "blown" into Irag; now, look and the ininsured and starving and homeless that don't want to be...where should our priorities be?

    August 21, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. ALECO -----NOKOMIS,FL

    JOE LEIBERMAN WILL BE MCcains V.P.

    WHAT A GREAT PAIR- TWO VILLAGE IDIOTS.

    August 21, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Brent Hall

    You don't want a Democrat? You've bought the Republican hype: let's make it about Obama, not the Reps. vs. the Dems.–no chance in that fight. You got your first glimpse yesterday of ye ole draft. McCain wins, we stay in a war, somewhere, continually until he's out of office; no way around a draft, even if he does say "no draft".

    You just keep your eyes and ears open, and you'll see. Not to mention, he doesn't know any better that to continue what nukuler Bush has done. You go study some history and see how the "young" have faired: been some great ones. Whatever experience they lack, they can find the expertise to help.

    Look at the billions "blown" into Irag; now, look at the uninsured and starving and homeless that don't want to be...where should our priorities be?

    August 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Flip Flop Obama

    If its Biden this election is over, another win for the Republicans. Obamas main argument against McCain is that he voted for the war in Iraq and McCain is part of the old Washington he wants to change.

    Well Biden has been in Washington longer than McCain, and Biden voted for the war. Dilemna I would say.

    Mr. Flip Flop Obamas words: "I do not support drilling, well I do in some places."
    "The troop surge will never work, Iraq is a safer place but not because of the troop surge".
    "I am Pro Choice, but I will work to reduce abortions"

    Obama get a plan and stick to it. Itts sickening how he plays both sides and flip flops.

    Go McCain

    August 21, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Raymond Duke

    Just heard on the news from one of Obama's surrgoates. Not only is Obama handing out money in Philedphia for people to vote for him but now he is trying ti win the South by promising everybody he will see you get a 1,000 dollar rebate check in the mail if he is elected. Sorry Obama the south is in good shape and we are not much on the idea of being bought.

    August 21, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Tyler in Raleigh

    Lieberman, he will sell out to anyone if they offer him the VP.

    August 21, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Chuck

    Is the reason O teased us with the big news that he has made up his mind on a VP but is not going to tell is because he is losing fground every minute and had to do somehting to reignite the spark?

    August 21, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. hillybilly

    republicans are more excited about obama than they are mccain.lol!

    August 21, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. joe

    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?" . "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?"
    hillary 2012

    August 21, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. LUCYNA

    I trust Obama's judgement. Whoever he will chose for #2, will be the right one. Even if he will chose Hillary, which I hope not, I know he did his homework well and she would be the right choice.

    Obama/?

    August 21, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Timber (ex dem)

    Whoe cares? He is going to lose anyway and go the way of Kerry and whats his name............

    August 21, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Taa Taa

    Have you ever heard of "TWO STUPID DOGS" , or dumb and dumber. That would be Mccain and Lieberman....

    August 21, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. mo

    Gore the best , hope he interested

    August 21, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. Denise

    This decision will show how smart he is and whether or not he truly wishes to unite the Democratic Party. Sure, there are sexist men and jealous women who hate Hillary for no logical reason, but these people are not going to swarm to McCain if she is the V.P. nominee.

    However, with 48% of her supporters (as of yesterday) saying they are not going to vote for him without her on the ticket, he must know that he cannot mathematically win without her.

    It's not rocket science.

    August 21, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. obamaton

    When Obama wins, I'm gonna quit working and let the Man take care of everything! It'll be sweet doing what I want all day long!

    August 21, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. "Texas Trail Dog"

    He shouldn't have been on it. I sure he flatly refused when OBAMA asked him. No one wants to be on a scoundrel's list like the one OBAMA has got.

    August 21, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. jack phoenix, AZ

    We will be in a nuclear war with Russia if McCain gets his way. No chance that Obama will select a loser like Hillary.

    August 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. NObama 2008

    Good grief, even Obomber supporters should be getting sick of this. The fawning over Obomber as he is picking his VP is sickening.

    August 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    He won't announce this weekend because of the "broohaha". He has more important issues to discuss.
    It is we who are raising the ruckus. Silliness. This is probably the least important thing on my list. I know where he stands on issues critical to the nation and that is enough for me.
    Let the future President do what he has to do and trust him.
    I do. Obama

    August 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. Peter (CA)

    Don't worry, the choice will be fine.

    I think the Republicans should be more concerned. Lieberman and Ridge will tick off the conservatives. Romney will be perfect; another elitist who has never had to work a day in his life and doesn't understand what most Americans go through.

    August 21, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. LA2NC

    therealist August 21st, 2008 3:47 pm ET

    McCain will put America first..

    Obama??
    ________________________________
    He'll put us first alright-- First in the number of wars being fought around the world, first in the amount of debt that one country has.

    August 21, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. PUMA PRIDE

    IF I DONT SEE HILLARY ON THE TICKET I WILL SCREEEEEEEEEAM!

    August 21, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Terry

    PICK HILLARY OR LOSE!!!!!!!!!!!
    ITS THAT SIMPLE!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Obama 08/12

    Biden /Clark in that order .
    Biden was intereesting in the debates .

    No Powell /NO Hillary any day any way .

    August 21, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. PUMA

    Can we now cross off Obama's name from the list as well!! So sick of his drama in announcing his VP. This guy really thinks he is something. By the way, all of the people you have in the running have been around – where is the "change"?

    I hope you do not pick Hillary because with her you will win!

    Hillary supporter – Hillary or McCain

    August 21, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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