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. Tim from Ohio

    If Hillary is not on the tickket I will not vote for Obama. I will either vote for McCain or will not vote at all.

    July 16, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Dj

    I have come to the conclusion that Obama is going to lose in November and whatever white male he picks as his VP will seal his fate. We will all survive 4 years of McCain at least he has a sense of humor.

    July 16, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    As Long As Its Not Hillary He Will Win! She Should Campaign For Him But He Should Not Put Her On The Ticket!

    July 16, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. The truth will come out

    Obama/Sinclair '08

    July 16, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Helen S.

    As an observer from overseas, i am amused at the level of speculations surrounding Obama choice for VP AND all the fussing e.t.c but whoever it is i am convinced that he will pick someone that will help the ticket. Asfar as i am concerned he can pick anyone in the world but Hillary, if her voters feel that becos he didnt pick her they wldnt vote for him all well and good let them go to Mcain !!!

    July 16, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Hillary would be a total disaster and cause Obama to actually lose votes in critical states. All those 'blue' collar voters are going to vote for McCain anyway. They always vote against their own economic interests for reasons that are unknown to me.

    July 16, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |

    Who are these people?

    July 16, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. WB, PSL

    As far as the Veepstakes concerns me...I don't care. What I do care about is going out there (to the poll) with my friends and family memeber, even our dog Indie to VOTE OUT the REPUBLICAN!! I have never in 28 years on this earth, believe the American economy would be so bad. My friend just lost over $65,000 in IndyMac Bank.

    What makes things worst, our so-call President Bush saying on public TV that the financial market is sound!! On the other hand, you have McSane senior advisor saying the bad economical problem is all in our minds. What do they take voters for? Unread and uneducated.


    July 16, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Denis

    I hope Hillary turns her back on him the way Bill has.

    July 16, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Cy Brown

    Obama is sadly mistaken if he thinks that Nunn will help him in Georgia. Nunn has lost a lot of respect here, and will not be much of a factor. Obama will lose Georgia by 8-10 points, no matter who is on the ticket, or how many people illegally register to vote with all of the "voter registration" drives that are going on here. The voter ID law in Georgia is definitely Obama's worst nightmare...as it prevents illegal voting from Obama's constituency.

    July 16, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. TSAH

    OBAMA – Just make your ONLY choice – the RIGHT choice. You are already going to be the next President of the United States – Be sure your VP is capable of being the next Vice President of the United States... GO OBAMA!!!

    July 16, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Tesfaye

    please Obama know what he doing, why do give to him chance? Just look and wiate.

    July 16, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Nick

    Obama needs a lady like Kenedy junior as VP. This will be a solid newbreed White House and the change we all want.

    July 16, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Phil-Little Rock

    I don't care if who he picks, so long as it's someone NOT named Clinton!!! Especially if that first name is Hillary!!

    GO OBAMA!!

    July 16, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. gpurdum

    Maybe he will just sign Michelle on as veep...that would be interesting

    July 16, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. Pywacket

    I agree with you, Bill. I was a Hillary supporter, but I'll still vote for Obama, no matter who he brings on as VP. Unfortunately, many Hillary supporters are failing to see the big picture. If the Democratic Party remains divided, and McCain (Bush Lite) wins, then I fear our country will continue to spiral down while we hemorrhage money into that unnecessary war. To solidify the party and ensure victory, Obama should put Hillary on the ticket, no matter their differences. It worked for Kennedy when he put his rival, Lyndon Johnson, on the ticket back in 1960.

    July 16, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Eric in Ca

    Regardless of your ideology towards either candidate it is refreshing to know that an Obama presidency would restore Intelligence back into the White House!!

    July 16, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. dorothy

    The naive and experience, Senator Barack Obama, has transcends most of the Lies, Doubts and Fears, that was shared by his opponents, with the Experience, Knoweldge, who was not even aware, the Iraq War, was to end, within 2 years, and we are still in this Illegal War. I trust Barack Obama, to make the right decision on chosing his own VP, not any of these Experts. He is still standing Against All Odds. That should tell the News Media something, we are independent THINKERS.

    dorothy, OK

    July 16, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |


    July 16, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Kasey

    Either one of these gentlemen on the ticket is a BIG plus. However, anyone voting Democratic JUST because OB is Black is crazy!

    We need a President thats qualified and committed to the interests of our nation, not himself. The problems we are facing are monumental and need the full attention of not only the President and VP, but all the Senate and Congress. They need to ALL work together in HARMONY to accomplish the task.

    Its our future at stake here people !

    Vote as if your life and the future of your family depends on it !

    July 16, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. ATLSteve

    Nunn was the outspoken leader in the DADT debacle. Obama picks him and he'll pizz off gay voters, myself included. I'm not drinking the Obama kool-aid and Nunn certainly wouldn't help win me over.

    July 16, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Matthew

    Election Watcher, are you from Chechoslovakia?

    I like both. Nunn would provide instant cred on foreign policy.

    July 16, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    It doesn't matter who he chooses as a running mate McCain and his cronies are toast in November. To believe McCain has any chance of being elected you would also have to believe over half the voters are morons who think the last 7+ years have been great and 4 more will even make it greater.

    July 16, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Eli

    No decent repecting DEMOCRAT would take the VP if he offered it to them, we all know that should be given to Hillary Clinton. Any other DEMOCRAT that would take it is wrong. NO HIllary and I will say NO TO OBAMA.

    July 16, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. Brian

    Boiler Up!!

    Obama 08

    July 16, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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