July 16th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
14 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. HJ

    For all of the HRC supporters who say they will vote for McCain...don't just say it...just do yourself a favor and just vote the way you want. The Obama team does not think your vote will matter anyways...it is only a handful of PUMA so it wont make a difference.

    July 16, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Observant

    Please, Obama, do not pick Byah! Whatever his saving graces, his Gatsby-esque arrogance will do you – and us – no good.


    July 16, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. LK

    Has anyone seen the video of Omar Khadafi praising Obama for being one of us. Then he scolds him for his political posturing with Israel. Khadafi talks about Obama was raised as a muslim and went to a Muslim school. He goes on by saying once Obama becomes president, he will wake up and join his arab and african brothers.
    Look it up on jpost.com, (jerusalems newpaper site) There was a video of Omar Khadafi on the left side two days ago),
    Are you people really sure about electing this man? I think the New Yorker was pretty accurate, and yes I have thoroghly studied my facts.

    July 16, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Texun

    No to Nunn! He's over-the-hill, out of touch, and past due for real retirement. If that's what Obama means by "change", I'll think at least twice the next time his campaign approaches me for another donation!

    July 16, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    BO is a disgrace.

    July 16, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. carolflowery

    bayh is a hottie, cute little thang

    July 16, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Indiana for Obama/Bayh

    I personally wished for Hillary Clinton to win the nomination, but am mature enough to handle the fact that she will not be running. It is time to just accept the fact and move toward the future. The people that dwell and dwell on the fact that Hillary should be the nominee are driving me insane!

    Bayh is my choice, very popular in Indiana and served our state well as Governor for 8 years before becoming Senator. I think he would be a great VP and be able to step in and act as acting President should the situation ever arise. I would definitely feel safe knowing that Obama has some experience AND a good man backing him up and offering advice.

    July 16, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Vietnam Vet

    Sean this has been hashed over & over- Who Cares?
    Heck of a job, you got a poll of 10 Peeps!

    Maybe you should read Bulldog's excellent post- -top of the page
    Thanks Bulldog.

    Won't it be nice to have a president who can voice coherant thoughts?

    Instead of being spolen to like children by Shrub- -"Oceans no longer protect us" ,"If I could snap my fingers, I'd be snappin', "If I had a Magic Wand , Gas lower" What a Moron

    July 16, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. sarita

    Sorry dude, just because his father is from Africa and he's part black doesn't make him a muslim... actually read his book next time before you start quoting it. well informed comments make stronger ones.

    And come on, be a little progressive. Old rich white men with military histories have been running the country for 200 years now and hows that working for us? more then a little change would do us good.

    July 16, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. bea

    I would rather vote for Spoge Bob than vote for Obama. The only way I would find this flip-flopper even aslighty bit palatable is if I knew Hillary would also be on the ticket.

    Against it in the primary, now for it: Faith bases initiative, gun ban in DC, late term abortion for women in mental distress, death penalty for child rapists, public financing, but the most egregious one: voted Yes on FISA!!!

    Change we can believe in, yeah we can believe that Obama will change his mind when it suits him.

    Flip flop, flip flop.....................

    July 16, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. mary

    Obama invited the wrong Hoosier: Richard Lugar trumps Evan Bayh on all counts: experience, integrity, intelligence. Too bad he's a Republican, although an invitation to the national security summit would have given Obama an opportunity to prove that his campaign is NOT "politics as usual."

    July 16, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Lisa

    Shane you have the nerve to say Hillary lied about Bosnia. I'd rather her lie about Bosnia then have your little boy toy Obama lie about the war in Iraq.

    July 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Dave

    so great to see Obama surrounding himself with CFR globalist cronies. it's business as usual folks, no change here!!!!

    July 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. Confused Democrat

    I don't understand these PUMA people. Half of them want Hillary on the ticket, half of them will vote for McCain regardless. They clearly don't even know what they're fighting for.

    If I'm Barack Obama, I wouldn't do anything to try to win over these sorry PUMA people.

    So Hillary is OUT, thanks to PUMA.

    July 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Terry

    If either of these guys is VP I know who will not be getting my vote. The only way I'd vote for the Koolaid man is if Hillary is the VP pick and that would me be voting for her, not Nobama. Otherwise I will write in Hillary as we can do here in NJ or vote for McCain.

    July 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Frank

    Pick Jack Reed....he has done nothing to help Rhode Islander.

    July 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Lisa

    Hillary 08 then maybe we'll choose Obama as the VP or maybe not!!!

    July 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Obama should really be considerate and pick a sitting politician not up for re-election this year. In that case, the VP nominee will still have a job to fall back on when the ticket is defeated in November.

    July 16, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Herman in LA

    This country knows that Obama is the best choice but they will try to keep this race close...

    July 16, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Joseph - Ohio

    Obama said he is in this race for the people. Well about 50% of the people (Dems) want him and 50% wanted Hillary. Mr. Obama's VP choice should be a no-brainer if he is truly in this for the people. Hillary for VP! She is the right choice and she is the only choice if he expects to unify our crazy often too emotional party into the White House. Just to be fair, I would say the same thing if the shoe was on the other foot. Obama/Clinton is an unbeatable ticket! What are we waiting for. It is time the Dems put forward a winning ticket and stop running (and loosing!) on emotion.

    July 16, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Dave

    and for those that are getting giddy anytime Obama leads in a poll, or worse, any of those that are already acting like obama is going to win; we have a lot of time until November for the manufacture of some kind of event to tilt this back towards the GOP. Do not doubt that it can happen. It already has. Neo-cons are thinking of anything to stay in power. They have hijacked the GOP and now it no longer resembles itself.

    July 16, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Clinton/Clinton '08

    I think Obama better start advertising his selection of Hillary as VP if he's going to stop counting every single digit between him and McCain. Today it's 6%, with a +/- of 4% and still 14% of the Dem's undecided. Wow, in a economy that's Tanking, a 5 yr+ Error on Terror War, the Gov't now talking about giving more money back ($600 per household) to the TaxPayers because Cheney's Oil Company got Simulated with the money for the increases in gasoline.

    Pick Hillary, staff your cabinet with Nunn, Bayh, Biden but announce already so we can see you have the knowledge to pick an experienced cast.

    There is good 'CHANGE' and bad 'CHANGE', let's for a 'CHANGE' see the candidates 'cards' on the table versus having voter's remorse.

    Right now – the McCain/Romney 'EXPERIENCED' Ticket looks real good....after 8 yrs of Heir Bush.

    July 16, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Donna

    It's Hillary or this independent voter is looking at Nader.

    July 16, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Voter

    Obama – what a wuss!

    "He's afraid Bill and Hillary would try to run everything."

    Repeat the above sentence in a frantic, high pitched voice to get a feel for what the real whiners in America are afraid of.

    Guess Barry figures he could easily be pushed around – not a guy I want dealing with tough issues. I agree with Barry for once. Yes, you CAN be pushed around – by pollsters, donors, your "victim" crowd and a host of others.

    Yes, Bill and Hillary are grown-ups. No way around it. And they're smart, articulate and experienced. No way around that either.

    I know, Barack. Why don't you ask all those people who DON'T scare you for advice: Jesse Jackson, Dukakis, Carter, George McGovern – they'll be glad to give some ideas.

    July 16, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Rick

    lol....what a bunch of losers.

    July 16, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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