July 16th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Two potential VPs join Obama

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(CNN) - Who Obama is campaigning with Wednesday just might get more attention than what the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate says.

The Illinois senator is set to be joined on the trail by Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn - two Democrats widely believed to be on the shortlist for the vice presidential spot.

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The two are set to join Obama at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana for a discussion on national security issues - a forum that is designed to set to stage for the Democratic president candidate's overseas trip next week.

Specifically, the three are set to discuss nuclear non-proliferation, bioterrorism, cyber security and emerging national security threats.

Bayh, who comes from a powerful Indiana family and once served as governor of the state, remains a very popular figure there. His aggressive campaigning on behalf of Hillary Clinton during the state's Democratic primary is widely seen as a chief factor for the New York senator's narrow victory there. He briefly flirted with his own presidential bid late last year but ultimately ruled against it.

Nunn remains one of the most respected national security and foreign policy experts on the national scene. The former senator has a serious, no-nonsense demeanor that would add instant gravitas to the ticket, and he is a popular figure in Georgia - a state the Obama campaign hopes to make competitive this cycle.

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Both Nunn and Bayh have remained tight-lipped when it comes to the VP slot, though Bayh did acknowledge last month he would take the position if asked.

"I don't think it's the kind of thing you say no to…the answer to that is yes," he said in June. "If you care about serving your country, that is the kind of thing that you do,"

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soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. JeffRob

    Sean from Orlando-

    Hillary Clinton signed the rules that FL and MI broke. Nothing about it was Obama's fault.

    Get over it and help bring our troops home in 09!

    July 16, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. GoldenChica

    It doesn't matter who he picks, McCain will be the next president of the United States.

    July 16, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Linda

    There's only one VP choice that will get Obama elected and that's Senator Clinton!

    July 16, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Marvin Higgins

    Most of you people that are crtizing obama are not going to vote for him any way you are just finding an excuse to not vote for him most of it is about race. You want blacks on your sports teams to make money for your racist school but you never would vote for a black man as president. First of all we would not be here if your forefathers did not force my people over here. Now you are during the same with immingrants have you look at the birth rates lately of hispanics they will soon be mayors and governors of you ciyies and towns.

    July 16, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Shane


    July 16, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. alexa

    Clinton is only viable choice for VP. He can't be serious about Nunn he is polarizing on the military front and has anyone notice he's 70 years old! If I'm gonna vote for someone in their 70s it's gonna be McCain.

    July 16, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Nobody Asked Larry But...

    Good possible candidates. I would add Senator Joe Biden to the short list. Go for it.

    July 16, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. glenn

    the democratic party has ounce again with Obama given us true democrats no choice just like carter when we voted for carter we voted in weakness and Obama is another weak canidate and because of carter we got Reagan and now we will get another canidate with no experence or ability to lead the great country. when this happens we all lose

    July 16, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Terry

    It's funny how some people keep talking about how they don't want "Bill or Hillary" dynasty in the White House again, yet when Clinton was in the White House our country went through golden years, economically, etc. Why would anyway want THAT?! Instead they choose to vote for someone who gives good utopian speeches and ideals but no ideas or ways to fix things with our country other then change by saying the word change. This is for President of the United States, not some popularity contest with no reprecussions. Yet these Obama supporters fail to realize this is for a REALLLLY important job with REALLLLY serious problems. Dreamers, but not realists. This is why I voted for Hillary and not Obama. This is why I will not vote for Obama without Hillary on the ticket. I choose who I think will best help my country over who I like or don't personality wise. That's the way people should. But, as we've seen in the past, it's obvious most people who vote in our country vote for the wrong reasons and don't think outside of the box or past their own personal lack of common sense.

    July 16, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Jackie

    Either is a good choice: Rich guy who doesn't pay his fair share of taxes from Indiana or rich guy who sits on the board of Chevron. Very reflective of his values and campaign rhetoric. Way to stand for something!

    July 16, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. Andrew

    Some bloggers who claim to be Hillary-supporters also claim never to have heard of Evan Bayh or Sam Nunn. They give themselves away. Hillary's supporters are not that ignorant. These bloggers are McClain agents in what they think is disguise, and not very good at it either.

    July 16, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Dr. Vincent Petrosino

    What more can you say about a candidate who knows how to gather the very best minds on foreign policy in the country as advisors? Is this not refeshiung after eight years of missteps by the GOP who always thought they knew it all and did not? Remember Rumsfeld anyone? How about Antonio Gonzales? How about G Dubya himself?
    Sam Nunn and Evan Bayh are excellent choices for VP! Now through in Chuck Hagel and we truly have a trifecta!

    July 16, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. hill

    Without Hillary on the tik, Obama can hang it up. 🙁

    July 16, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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