July 16th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
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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. Vicki Webster


    July 16, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Jason in Jersey

    Hillary is old news, and both of the aforementioned choices are underwhelming. 'Change' would be picking an independent or moderate conservative. End the bipartisan battle!

    July 16, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Obama Supporter 2

    Bill From Florida

    Bill Clinton is that you? Please stop pushing for Hillary to be on the ticket it's very undemocratic.

    July 16, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. HULK Buster

    until the Republicans are out we will continue to suffer. while they reap the benifits

    home market value down (Im losing my home)

    war ( my cousin Jonny is in Afganistan)

    gas prices ($4.25 in Chicagoland)

    high cost of food and no change in our dollar

    we need change

    July 16, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. E. Scott

    Obama is dropping in the polls finally. I cant believe anyone was seriouly considering voting for him in the first place. McCain will win by a comfortable margin.

    July 16, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Peg Robson

    Seems like more vp hopefuls say no than yes...what does that tell you, I know what it tells me. I'm with Maria...God Help Us!!

    July 16, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Jackie from Minneapolis

    "Bulldog" – you're absolutely correct. I am so sick of McCain/Bush and all the games they are playing with the American people's lives.

    "Election watcher" – you're everything that is wrong with this country. It's people like who continue to destroy everything that is great about this country. I wish people like would just go away. You never have anything positive to add to anything and all you care about is yourself and winning. It's sickening.

    July 16, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Don

    Yeah a Hillary supporter like Bayh is not Hillary. So anger her supporters by not picking her Obama and see how it turns out.

    July 16, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. NG in DC

    Hillary if he wants any of my money....my vote doesn't matter given i'm in DC.

    July 16, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. cherrystrawberry

    ***k Hilllary. I am so sick of her supporters! Guess what? SHE LOST.

    July 16, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Vicki Webster

    maybe he should take his wife with him in her attire!

    July 16, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. East Coast Bum

    How come I was not invitied!!!!!!!!!!! I know I could better than these boobs.
    Peace out

    July 16, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. steve

    I’m a conservative and have no plans to vote for Obama, however, I have always been a big admirer of Sam Nunn. He would give a credibility to Obama’s campaign in regard to national defense and foreign policy that he is sorely lacking now.

    July 16, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. CitizenS

    Bulldog...You are right on it! Actually, your brilliant comparisons would make a great Obama commercial. It is obvious you are well read which is something a lot a folks should take a hint from in this world of multimedia news. I do not think it's McCains age it's his character. Age does bring on some unpleasant as well as pleasant slants to life but strength of character is built a long time before we get the age factor. So, you McCain-ites need to look at who you would like to be working for on a job...An erratic, fanatic about war whose finger pulses on your buttons as well as the nuclear button. Or someone whose judgement persists to be balanced in the face of great opposition. War is NOT A JOKE. Play with these countries and lose their respect even further and we may be the ones on the news with rampaged cities. THINK about it before you make an irrational decision and not know what the name of the country is or falsely accuse without correct information. Then, you will be able to make the right decision. Bush was obviously not it!

    July 16, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. NotFallingInLine.org


    Joining the ticket of an unprincipled selectee of the undemocratic Democratic Party in the VP spot IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF THING YOU SAY NO TO.

    NOT FALLING IN LINE behind failed undemocratic Democratic Party leaders and their selectee.

    July 16, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Jim

    I really like Evan Bayh of Indiana. I think he'll make a solid VP for Senator Obama when he becomes OUR next President.

    July 16, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. proud army and navy mom

    CNN, why are you constantly trying to make vp stories out of none. it couldn't be a slow news day, considering all the memory lapses mcmoron has. Please give it a rest until you have something to report on.

    Here's an idea: how about discussing J. Mayer new book on how george w and his henchman better be careful in foreign travel because they could be arrested for war crimes, since our own system of checks and balances don't have the guts to fully investigate him

    July 16, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Nina

    I am a die heart Obama fan, but I have to agree Hillary would be great on the ticket, Nevertheless, if she isn't just accept it Hillary supporters and support Obama all the way, If the shoe was on the other foot and Hillary won, I would support her quit being so angry and look at the bigger picture. We want Hillary's voice to be heard and it won't be heard with McCAIN as president. Obama 08

    July 16, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Brenda

    On Larry King last nite, Senator Obama stated that he was going to choose a VP candidate who has a similar vision. I do not think Hillary Clinton would be on that list because she was too divisive in the primaries. Senator Nunn is probably the better of the two gentlemen listed in this article. I like Senator Biden because of his national security experience but he does not represent the "change" Senator Obama is talking about. I am hoping that he gets chosen for this position but if not, he would make a great Secretary of State.

    July 16, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. scotty

    great more people we know almost nothng about sounds like a winning ticket to me..

    July 16, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Minnesota against Johnny McSame

    Lets see:

    Bayh: Who?

    Nunn: Maybe, especially if he brings Georgia into play

    Hillary: God no!

    Edwards: Doesn't bring anything

    Richardson: A black man and a latino, no way that is going to happen

    Dodd: After his latest scandal and the one with waitress, don't think so.

    Clark: Not after he said what he said last month..although every word was right.

    Ed Rendell: Pennsylvania is not going anywhere and he has no foreign policy cred

    BIDEN: Is it just me or does anyone else also think that he is the man on foreign policy. A white man with heart-warming personal story and amazing qualifications to be commander in chief. In fact he was said to be the most qualified candidate amoingst the democrats running for president.

    Obama/Biden '08.

    July 16, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Chris P

    He's not gonna choose Hillary. She lost. Get over it.

    July 16, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. O. Sandy Springs Ga.

    The Legal Age of any Presidential Candidate should be 45-59...Period

    If you want to Vote for a Semi-senile, Flip Flopping, change my nplans as i go along President, just because he's Caucasian and supposedly "Christian" you are in sad shape !!

    Note: McCain claims to be Baptist and that he's attended this Arz. Baptist Church for the past15-20 years ? Yet He Refuses, to be Baptized and this very Arz. Baptist Church refuses to Include McCain as a member of it's Church, based on MCain not being Formally Baptized.

    McCain also claims "He's an Episcopalian and was "Christined as a Baby"

    McCain said also that he Attends as often as he can ??

    McCain says that its "A Personal Issue"

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

    If Obama does not put Hillary on the ticket then McCain will have a good chance in november.

    July 16, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. Young Leigh

    How can we trust about Obama's talking all different issues?
    Very hard follow him to undersatnd what he talking about it.

    Thank you

    July 16, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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