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. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Two great choices. I'd be delighted with either of them.

    July 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. meg

    Sam Nunn will make a great VP! Obama and Nunn could finally bring balance to the universe; eradicating any remnants of the Bush/Cheney fiasco..

    July 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Both Sam Nunn and Evan Bayh are good men, if either can help our nominee, then good for us.

    July 16, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |

    Face it people, many will not vote for Obama simply because he is BLACK. Who cares which person is his VP. Most people are not ready for this. Love the Obama's but we must face reality.

    Case closed, end of story and thank you so much.

    July 16, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Sam

    I still stay that if Hillary is not on the ticket Obama is going to have problems.

    July 16, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. ken

    Considering Sam Nunn has told every previous Democrat running for President what to go do with themselves, this seems a pretty big development. I wonder though if Sam Nunn does end up on the ticket, if it’s for his Foreign Affairs experience, or the fact that he is oneof two democrats left in the state of Georgia, that are still respected by most of the people and would gain votes that way.

    July 16, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Delegate from California

    I am so dissapointed at all the political circus, I was very interested in the election in the primaries, right I have lost my interest in the whole thing, there is no candidtates that I am feeling excited about and I am sure the whole country feels the same way.

    In the early years the VP was the person who came second on an election, but the whole circus of looking for a VP is a joke, we all know Hillary earn the right but it seems they are scare of her because she will do what she promise to do while campaigning.

    At the convention things can change, Hillary can become our nominee after all as the superdelegates can still change their minds and Obama can become the VP or maybe not?

    Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama 2008

    July 16, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. ShayFad

    All you people trying to bargain for Hillary, you have to realize, with or without her on the ticket, Obama will still win.The polls and current electoral maps show it. Matter of fact, OBAMA will win all the states Hillary claimed he countn't win in the primary. I have no anger towards Mrs. Clinton. I think she's a fine politician.
    You need to stop whinning and look at the direction the country is going. You just sound "bitter and clingy" to Hillary.
    The truth is, no matter who OBAMA picks, there are still a very few "blue -collared democratic voters" who will never vote for OBAMA for reasons known. Obama has accepted this and will win the presidency without them. So stop bickering about unfairness and revenge on the DNC, and smile a little.

    July 16, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Terri

    NO Hillary

    If feels when change is in the air

    I am so excited this election season

    Go Obama

    July 16, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Ken Pittsburgh

    Both of these men will bring much needed ex help in areas in which he will need it.

    July 16, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. nelly

    Bill from Florida,
    the question is; Does Hillary want to be second best? She fought very hard for the #1 spot and used every known trick in the play book, now you want her to eat humble pie and play a lesser role? I am a woman,
    who did not support Hillary–I think she did a good decent thing and now it is time for her to step back and re-group for 2012 or 2016 so she can run a better and empowered race without the baggage of the out going president(if she becomes VP she will have to shoulder whatever blames the Obama administration gets. If I were her I would just say NO to the VP offer if it was made.

    July 16, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    No Nunn, but yes Bayh

    OBAMA 2008 – NO MCSAME!!!!!

    July 16, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Steve, AZ

    Please don't tell me that Obama has searched & searched only to come up with one of these two DUDS!

    July 16, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. dAVE

    Anybody but Hillary will be fine. Hillary would cost Obama the election, but otherwise he'll win by a landslide.

    July 16, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Jay

    Evan Bayh is awesome. Some commentors need to do thier research on him. He's a strong, centrist Democrat with foreign policy experience and both executive and legislative experience. He's a Democrat who has won reelections by landslides in the conservative state of Indiana. And, great statesmen-like qualities. Heck, even the likes of Bill O'Reilly sing his praises.

    If you all can't see how a well-spoken, centrist Democrat with extensive experience who is popular among independents and moderate Republicans will benefit the Obama ticket (much more than Hillary would), then you have pretty weak political judgement.

    July 16, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Debbie Maha

    Eventhough I am a registered democrat , I will be voting for Mccain . Obama is nothing to me. I am so disappointed that I did not have better candidate from DNC.So, my vote goes to McCain. DO NOT CARE ABOUT OBAMA AND HIS POOR COICE OF VEEPEE.

    July 16, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Renee' McDuffie

    How is McCain going to flip flop on this issue? McCain says that he knows how to win a war then, why was he a prisoner of war. All the old geezer does is lie. We should not tear down people's character in order to be the President.

    July 16, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. john, santa clara, ca

    give us hillary or give us Mccain

    July 16, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. T

    Obama and Nunn sounds like a fantastic combination.We need to come together as a nation to restore this country to its position of leadership and world-wide respect. Our economy has been wrecked by neglect of current administration. We are the world’s largest DEBTOR nation.(Disgraceful). We need to get past race,political affiliation,and all of the hatred and bigotry and restore this nation to true creeds it was founded upon. Liberty and justice for all. One nation under God.Of the people,for the people and by the people..If we can’t do this;but continue the way we’re going-this nation will be lost to our enemies without having to fire a single shot.. God help us all..

    July 16, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Morningstar

    With all due respect to Hillary, she is not the only person capable to be a winning VP. Both senators Nunn and Bayh are just as good if not better because Hillary comes with the baggage of Bill Clinton

    July 16, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. Justin -NC

    Hillary supporters are funny. If Obama goes down, what makes you think Hillary had any shot? PUMA's and Hillary for McCain supporters are saying Obama is a loser. Well the person who loses to the loser seems like more of a loser.

    Face facts PUMA's: Hillary lost because she ran a terrible campaign. END OF STORY, PAY OFF HER DEBT


    July 16, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Denise P Quinton

    How many potential V P candidates can so NO before you realize the DNC now knows what a huge mistake they made pushing for a delegate vote against the vote of the American people.
    Wake up OBAMA you will never win the White House and as a lifelong Democrat I will not reelect any of my Senators for not having the audacity to speak up for HILLARY 08! I now firmly believe in term limits both in the Senate and Congress.
    So go have you great meeting OBAMA but you will never win the so called HILLARY non educated Americans. By the way I have a daughter who posseses a PHD so take that to the polls.

    July 16, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. No More Hillarites!

    Will you Hillary Clinton fanatics please go away!!! SHE DEFEATED HERSELF!!! She will not be VP. Not only does Obama not need her, she'd drag the ticket down and push indepenants to John McCain. If you cannot accept that, go vote against your best interests by voting for McSame (aka Bush III). No one cares what you do; there are too few of you left for anyone to care. Just shut up already. If you really supported Clinton, you'd be sending her the cash she needs to pay off her campaign debt. But you're not and as we've always known in politics: follow the money.

    July 16, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. carol

    This is nothing but window dressing on Obama’s part – – trying to show him as “smart”, “willing to learn”, etc. Thinks the Nunn name will bring him instant wisdom re: foreign policy, etc. Believe me – that’s it in a nutshell.

    July 16, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Patricia

    I believe he would have a better chance of winning if he put Clinton on the VP ticket....I know I am not voting because of that reason and if he dont see that then we are going to end up with a republican back in office.....And look at as now...make a wise decision....shouldnt even be there and....wow I am just so......He doesnt salute The American Flag!!!!!!!!

    Come on People

    July 16, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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