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. randy


    July 16, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. Becky

    Great post, Bulldog!!!

    July 16, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. Serviceman

    Enough of Hillary all ready Geee! I have always thought the clintons where great for this country but man you PUMA's got me so even I want someone else now. It seems all PUMA's are cry babies, we didn't win so we better be VP or else.

    Obama/who ever 08

    July 16, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. larry buchas


    I've read a few things about Nunn that makes me worry. And he's too old school. I have no problem with Bayh.

    As for Hillary, she should be on the short list. But Barack is in a pickle either way and everyone should get off their childish "pick her or else" kick.

    July 16, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Just Observing

    Whoever he picks better be good at defending flip flops

    July 16, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. Nick

    Bayh is the best choice and I like Nunn too. Both will bring with them thier respective states, but I think Bayh can help throughout the midwest, and "is ready to be president" if needed. He has one heck of politic organization that can realistically carry indianna, rather then guessing soley on his popularity. Plus there could be a lot of spill over to ohio, michigan and other midwestern states. With the Obama headquarters in Chicago, and Bayh in Indy they would sweep the midwest and all the other states Obama is trying to turn would just be icing on the cake

    July 16, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |


    July 16, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. randy


    July 16, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Elly

    Senator Obama needs someone with strong foreign policy
    like Colin Powell or William Cohen
    Both would be strong vice presidents and make up for what most people think is lacking in his foreign policy
    personally I would trust Obamas judgement anyday over MCsame
    who in my opinion is border line dementia who cant even remember where or who the enemy is or many other things
    he is too OLD to be president!!!!

    July 16, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Carl, Atlanta

    Sam Nunn is the best choice, regardless of what happens in Georgia in November. He is probably the nation's foremost authority on national security and foreign policy. And he is respected by Democrats and Republicans alike. I think Obama will have a hard sell convincing Nunn to be his running mate, since Nunn would have to give up a lot to play second fiddle. The veep speculation is nothing but media hype, as are most coverage about the election this year. Traditionally, a candidate announces hhis choice just before or during the convention.

    July 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Billy

    It's weird how McCain and Bush belittle Obama on his judgments on foreign affairs and then weeks later do exactly what he prescribed.

    July 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Richie

    Sum Nunn is another Dickie chiney and would bring awealth of Knowledge. He is Obama's friend and that would make it easier for Obama than Bayh who was critising Obama In the Primaries.......

    July 16, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. MD

    VP spot is not as important as CNN tries to make it as far as these two candidates are concerned.

    I wonder why CNN is so weak in reporting the campaign news. There is little or no imagination in reporting NEWS. CNN has exceled in sensationalizing every tidbit, but there is no substance in their reports any more.

    MSNBC does a much better job of reporting the NEWS.

    July 16, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. Mike

    I like the idea of Sam Nunn on the ticket, but he's been around for a while and I'm guessing that like all politicians, he has some skeletons in the closet. Has he been involved in any controversy – personal or professional – in his life?

    July 16, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. John

    Good. This would make a great ticket. Hillary has way too much buggage and would steal obama's spotlight.....

    July 16, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. randy


    July 16, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. amazed

    Neither of these people have the same support as Hillary Clinton does. Obama seems to be way to arrogant to consider her though. How can anyone who recieved 18 million votes be dished by a nominee of the same party? Only thru ignorance and arrogance by the nominee.

    July 16, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Tony

    If Obama does not pick Clinton or Biden he will lost in November.


    July 16, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. Kingslough NY.

    That would boost Obamas foreign policy issues and security which he constantly (as media puts it) lucks.

    July 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Alex

    Nunn would be an excellent choice, and would help neutralize McCain's undeserved lead on national security issues. Nunn has also been out of the senate for long enough to keep an outsider image as well.
    Bayh would also be a good choice, but less-so. Not to mention I think Obama needs a non-senator on the ticket. Former senators are ok, but he needs someone outside the beltway: Nunn, Richardson, someone like that.

    July 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. MZ

    Hillary 4 VP...then Obama gets my vote !!!

    July 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. chicago chris

    Obama/Bayh 2008!!! However, he should be visiting THE Indiana University and not those silly farmers @ Purdue.

    -Hoosier born, bred, and gradumacated.

    July 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. shane

    He doesn't need Hillary on the ticket Bill from Florida. She lied several times about her Bosnia and you still like her. I guess you like being lied to. I think he should pick Sam Nunn.

    July 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. Michelle

    Obama may not even need a VP candidate, since he is only the
    PRESUMPTIVE nominee, and things can change at the convention
    during the roll call vote.

    Is it true that 8 superdelegates have switched their support to Hillary?

    CNN, Please post my comment. thank you.

    July 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    Election Watcher: Maybe you should check the polls and the electoral map!!...and Bill from Florida...Obama is doing well in all the states to hillary supporters claimed he wouldn't do well in. Obama is also doing well among women voters. So exactly what would Hillary bring to the ticket??

    July 16, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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