August 24th, 2008
01:38 PM ET
10 years ago

Bayh: Obama’s call was a 'life-changing moment'

Barack Obama called Evan Bayh on Friday to tell him he would not be the Democratic VP candidate.

Barack Obama called Evan Bayh on Friday to tell him he would not be the Democratic VP candidate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, reflected on a moment that few people in this world get to experience - receiving a personal call from Barack Obama informing him that he will not be his vice presidential running mate.

Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Sunday, Bayh acknowledged that he was grateful to be one of the two or three finalists for the job.

“Obviously, Wolf, it’s a life-changing moment,” Bayh said on CNN’s "Late Edition."

“He had a lot of nice things to say about me, which I was very flattered by. I told him I was honored to be considered… and that I thought Joe Biden was an excellent man and he could count on me in anyway that I could.”

When asked if Obama gave any reasons for his decision, Bayh said he did not provide specifics.

“He just said that they were going to be going in a different direction but he said that that was a reflection on other things than me. He said a number of things that I would sound immodest if I recounted to you, so I’m not going to do that.”

Along with Biden and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, Bayh was widely speculated to be one of the finalists to be Obama’s running mate. His experience as a two-term senator and governor from a state that Obama is working hard to put in the blue column made him a very appealing candidate.

Bayh received the call on Friday and said that he called Biden early Saturday morning to congratulate him.

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August 22nd, 2008
10:33 PM ET
10 years ago

Source close to Bayh: 'Evan was cool with this'

Bayh is 'cool' with Obama's decision, says a source.

Bayh is 'cool' with Obama's decision, says a source.

(CNN) - A source close to Evan Bayh expressed disappointment with the decision. "We are all sad," the source tells CNN. "But Evan was cool with this, whatever happened. He understands what he's got - a family, and a life he's very happy in."

The Indiana senator, son of 1976 presidential candidate Senator Birch Bayh, has been a perennial VP contender.

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August 22nd, 2008
11:45 AM ET
10 years ago

What does this man know?

Bayh's not talking.

Bayh's not talking.

(CNN) - He likely knows whether or not he will be the next Democratic vice presidential nominee, but Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh isn't talking.

Speaking briefly to reporters staked outside of his Washington, DC home, a casually-dressed Bayh revealed little information, and thanked reporters for being patient.

"You've been very patient, thank you for being here all night," Bayh, who said he had been taking his two 13-year-old sons to camp, told the gathered press corps without a hint of irony.

Asked if he had any news to report, Bayh replied flatly, "It's not mine to report."

CNN's Jessica Yellin reported earlier Friday Obama has informed those on his VP shortlist - which presumably includes Bayh - of his decision.

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August 20th, 2008
09:20 AM ET
10 years ago

Speculation, anticipation as Obama's VP announcement nears

Sen. Barack Obama has a big event scheduled Saturday. Will his No. 2 man (or woman) be by his side?

Sen. Barack Obama has a big event scheduled Saturday. Will his No. 2 man (or woman) be by his side?

(CNN) - The question is starting to feel a little old: Who will Barack Obama pick as his vice president?

With the clock ticking (the Democratic VP candidate delivers a big speech next Wednesday) the announcement is at most days and at least a few hours away.

Everyday seems to be "the day" - the day the guessing game will finally end.

In a poke at all of the VP buzz, the Obama campaign on Wednesday sent an e-mail to reporters with the subject line "Vice presidential ..."

The first line of the e-mail: "Just kidding." The e-mail contained details about Obama's schedule with no mention of any of the potential vice presidential candidates.

But if the top contenders have any inside information, they're doing a good job of keeping quiet.

Sen. Joe Biden on Tuesday told reporters camped outside his Delaware home that it's not him.

"You got better things to do guys; I'm not the guy," he said.

Asked where he would be on Saturday - when Obama is reportedly scheduled to hold a campaign event in Springfield, Illinois, that may feature his new running mate - Biden replied, "Here," pointing to his driveway.

He softened up a little later that night, telling reporters, "I promise you, I don't know anything."

Along with Biden, Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine are considered to be among the top tier of VP contenders.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Evan Bayh • Joe Biden • Tim Kaine
August 14th, 2008
08:18 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden, Bayh get VP night slots at convention

Biden and Bayh are speaking Wednesday night.

Biden and Bayh are speaking Wednesday night.

(CNN) - The two senators widely believed to be at the top of Barack Obama's shortlist for VP have been given prime-time speaking slots at the Democratic convention Wednesday night - the very same night the vice presidential candidate is slated to speak.

According to the Democratic National Convention Committee, both Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden will deliver speeches on national security during the marquee night - the same evening former President Bill Clinton is also scheduled to speak.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar will also speak Wednesday evening, according to the convention committee.

But Biden and Bayh's appearance especially is sure to heighten speculation one of the two senators will ultimately be named Obama's running mate. The announcement also comes the same day Biden hit the campaign trail for the Illinois senator, accepting an endorsement on his behalf from the International Association of Firefighters in Las Vegas.

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August 6th, 2008
04:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama and Bayh deny veep talk

Obama and Bayh campaigned together in Indiana Wednesday.

Obama and Bayh campaigned together in Indiana Wednesday.

(CNN) – A few hours after all eyes in the political world watched Barack Obama and vice presidential contender Sen. Evan Bayh embrace onstage at a town hall in Elkhart, Indiana, the pair stopped at a diner in nearby Portage and denied there had been any talk of the No. 2 slot.

“Nothing today,” Bayh said, according to a pool report of the stop, adding that he and Obama talked about sports and family on the hour and a half-long bus ride to a local diner.

But Obama and his Senate colleague couldn’t escape questions from Hoosiers about their senator’s chances.

“He your vice president?” a woman asked Obama. “You get a job offer yet?” a bulky steelworker shouted at Bayh.

“Shhhh,” Bayh responded, eyeing Obama “with mock stealth and discomfort” according to the pool reporter. To the woman, Obama said, “I haven’t made a decision about my vice president yet.”

Throngs greeted the duo outside the diner as they tried to make their way back to the bus. Obama spotted supporters sporting the gear of his team, the White Sox, and remarked, “White Sox fans, go White Sox.” Nearby in the crowd, Bayh was telling someone else he’s a big White Sox fan.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Evan Bayh
August 6th, 2008
10:18 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama touts Bayh, but not as VP

Sen. Barack Obama is pushing his energy plan at an event with Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh.

Sen. Barack Obama is pushing his energy plan at an event with Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday called Sen. Evan Bayh "one of the finest United States senators that we have," but gave no mention of what kind of vice president he thinks Bayh could be.

The Indiana senator, who introduced Obama, has been at the heart of the VP buzz. Political pundits had speculated that Obama might tap him to be No. 2 as early as this week because of their joint appearance.

Bayh, a former two-term governor of Indiana, was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton during the primaries. Advocates of an Obama-Bayh ticket say he'd help unify the party and could shore up some of Obama's weak spots because of his time on the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Evan Bayh
July 17th, 2008
07:10 AM ET
10 years ago

Bayh, Nunn dodge VP questions, but buzz rises


Watch Nunn and Bayh discuss the veepstakes.

(CNN) - Evan Bayh and Sam Nunn wanted to focus on Barack Obama's national security credentials Wednesday. The traveling press corps trailing the presumptive Democratic nominee’s campaign didn’t.

In a press conference following a campaign-sponsored roundtable discussion on emerging terrorist threats, Bayh and Nunn were bombarded by questions over reports both Democrats are on Obama's shortlist for vice president.

But Bayh, a senator from Indiana, and Nunn, a former senator from Georgia, revealed little about the Obama campaign's vetting process and their own ambitions for the job.

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"I have never aspired to that office," said Nunn, who served in the Senate for 25 years. "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."

Nunn, one of the most respected Democratic voices on national security policy, seems to encounter vice presidential speculation every election cycle, given his appeal in the South and strength on issues where Republicans usually have the edge. Share your picks for VP

Bayh, a former supporter of Hillary Clinton who also has red-state appeal, also brushed aside speculation he is being considered a spot on the ticket.

"I love serving the people of Indiana - and I think any questions about the vice presidential thing are understandable and it’s good for my ego, but I should probably let Senator Obama and his campaign address those kind of questions," he said.

One reporter asked the senator — whose father Birch Bayh ran for president in 1976 - if he was taking his name out of the VP running.

"I've got a plane to catch," he responded, chuckling.

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