August 6th, 2008
04:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama and Bayh deny veep talk

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama and Bayh campaigned together in Indiana Wednesday."](CNN) – A few hours after all eyes in the political world watched Barack Obama and vice presidential contender Sen. Evan Bayh embrace onstage at a town hall in Elkhart, Indiana, the pair stopped at a diner in nearby Portage and denied there had been any talk of the No. 2 slot.

“Nothing today,” Bayh said, according to a pool report of the stop, adding that he and Obama talked about sports and family on the hour and a half-long bus ride to a local diner.

But Obama and his Senate colleague couldn’t escape questions from Hoosiers about their senator’s chances.

“He your vice president?” a woman asked Obama. “You get a job offer yet?” a bulky steelworker shouted at Bayh.

“Shhhh,” Bayh responded, eyeing Obama “with mock stealth and discomfort” according to the pool reporter. To the woman, Obama said, “I haven’t made a decision about my vice president yet.”

Throngs greeted the duo outside the diner as they tried to make their way back to the bus. Obama spotted supporters sporting the gear of his team, the White Sox, and remarked, “White Sox fans, go White Sox.” Nearby in the crowd, Bayh was telling someone else he’s a big White Sox fan.

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. The Truth

    Okay, so I keep reading through the blogs and for some reason McCain supporters really want a debate between him and Barack. Like Obama is ducking McCain.
    This, by far, is the funniest thing I keep reading. Trust me you really don't want to see a McCain vs. Obama debate. McCain will get crushed by Obama. The funny thing is you people are dead serious. You are not making Americans look intelligent.

    August 6, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Tejano

    Nobody wants to go down with a sinking ship. Maybe now the DNC and the Super Delegates will realize what they have created. It is not too late. He is the presumptive nominee and the delegates can still change their mind in Denver. Neither Obama nor Clinton have the necessary votes to win the nomination outright. The Supers will decide and I hope they will not be intimidated so they can vote their conscience.

    August 6, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. victorhill

    McCain’s insisting we have to drill now is very reminiscent of Bush’s insisting we had to invade Iraq now. It is about time we had a president who analyses situations, draws a conclusion and acts. What we need is an energy policy. If there is to be drilling which even McCain has not said will significantly lower oil prices, its time to to pas that legislation along with other measures to solve the energy problem. For eight years Bush did not look at the entire problem and now McCain wants to do the same. Only the oil companies have benefited from Bush policy.

    What is going on here, why the rush and what is all this shouting about? McCain is acting too much like Bush to give me comfort. If he thinks that the problem is that urgent then he should be seeking to trade oil reserves with the national repository. But that is not what he wants. It is time to take a deep breath and listen to Obama. He wants to treat the problem and not make a splash with some quick action. An action whose outcome will help big oil but may do the people little good.

    Its time to start with projects for alternative energy and to initiate gas efficiency standards that are higher than at present. If we allow drilling in the same legislation then we can get a bipartisan support for what this country needs.

    Thanks Ron M

    August 6, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    I am glad that Obama decided not to pick Evan. I don't think he would add to the ticket of defeat. Obama is a loser. Evan is a winner.,.

    I heard Obama decided to have a Muslim coordinator. I am sure many of his supporters are Muslim and that is okay. I think bam is a closet muslim himself. He quit his Christian Church and for what reason? Who knows? By the way, I just heard Bwana threw the new coordinator under the bus with his grandma.

    BTW: Paris and obama are celebs without a portfolio. Both are famous for being famous for accomplishing nothing.

    Obama is risky so is Paris; Obama has a funny name so does Paris; Obama sounds foreign, duh so does Paris.

    Two birds of a feather if you ask me.

    August 6, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. Guess Who?????

    Pick any body but Hillary. Hillary is a President material not Obama's VP material.

    August 6, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Obama is a smart man. He will make an excellent choice whoever it is.

    August 6, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    These P.U. ma members are Republicans. Rush Limbaughs fellow dopers. They are there only to make trouble for the Democratic party.
    I have no doubt they are even paid big bucks to get on these blogs and whine and threaten. Fess up. How much is Rush paying you?
    In other words: We don't believe you.
    I hope you are declaring this income and paying taxes on it.

    August 6, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. Ridgeway

    Ha, Hillary now wants a roll call vote at the convention. She won't go quietly into that sweet goodnight. I hope she makes Obama as miserable as she did Bill.

    August 6, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. Vig

    Nominate Hillary Clinton at the convention. The handwriting is on the wall – Obama is stalling out – people think they don't know him – but the reality is – that's all there is – there is nothing else to know. Obamaspeak has already worn thin. Hillary won the popular vote – Hillary should be the nominee, Hillary should be the next President.

    August 6, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  10. 17 year old future politician

    Hey "chickens of justice"--

    By not voting for Obama because Hillary lost, you are protesting because of jealousy, ignorance towards issues, irrelevant hatred towards a party member, disloyalty to Hillary's beliefs, plans, suggestions, and party, and biased intentions due to a loss of your canidate...NOT INJUSTICE!!!

    August 7, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
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