August 14th, 2008
08:18 PM ET
14 years ago

Biden, Bayh get VP night slots at convention

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Biden and Bayh are speaking Wednesday night."]
(CNN) - The two senators widely believed to be at the top of Barack Obama's shortlist for VP have been given prime-time speaking slots at the Democratic convention Wednesday night - the very same night the vice presidential candidate is slated to speak.

According to the Democratic National Convention Committee, both Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden will deliver speeches on national security during the marquee night - the same evening former President Bill Clinton is also scheduled to speak.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar will also speak Wednesday evening, according to the convention committee.

But Biden and Bayh's appearance especially is sure to heighten speculation one of the two senators will ultimately be named Obama's running mate. The announcement also comes the same day Biden hit the campaign trail for the Illinois senator, accepting an endorsement on his behalf from the International Association of Firefighters in Las Vegas.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Evan Bayh • Joe Biden • Popular Posts
soundoff (387 Responses)
  1. Raymond Duke


    August 14, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. dormar

    I like these two guys

    August 14, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA



    August 14, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    Obama is such a joke... He could have God as his VP and I still would not vote for this Paris Hilton clone...

    August 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. Lost (maybe) in CNN Moderation

    Please let it be Biden!

    August 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Joyce in Florida

    Well this is interesting. It could be that now Hillary Clinton will be nominated as well, that maybe one of these two will be her V.P. pick? I am so glad I kept Hillary for President stickers on my vehicle. This convention should be REAL interesting. Can't wait to see what happens. Will be the most exciting convention ever!!! Wish I could be there. I think things will be changing in the next few days leading up the convention. GO HILLARY!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. Lisa


    August 14, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. Lisa

    Well i'm not sure who Hillary should select as her VP. Maybe Obama or maybe not!!

    August 14, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Barry Soetoro AKA Barrack Obama

    I thought Obama's VP was supposed to be a coin?
    Isn't that how he makes his decisions?
    The "Flipping" and "Flopping" of a 2headed coin?

    August 14, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. Lost (maybe) in CNN Moderation

    Just a reminder to bloggers

    Folks like Raymond Duke, nannie bouroughs, etc are getting points from the McBomb campaign to blog. Yes, it's another contest from McBomb. McBomb is giving out prizes.

    I hope you folks win yourself a nice little box of McBomb breath mints to freshing your potty mouths.

    August 14, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Lisa

    Once Hillary is selected as the nominee, are the Obama supporters going to cry foul and threnten to vote for Mccain?

    August 14, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. kendall

    Obama your the man and I love you, but Bayh is only big up north, we are running a 50 state campaign here. Biden is the man for job, experience and a brand name, he is the definition of patriotic and plus he's a fighter.
    If McCain tried to mudsling this guy ( Biden) he would be like " One time in band camp... McCain cheated on his wife while she was sick, care to comment." I love Biden he's the man

    August 14, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. mike

    We all know that McSame loves Hillywood actresses.. Hence, If McCain picks Jessica Alba then I might vote for him!

    Biden is good people, it looks like it is him, after going to accept endorsement from firemans union. That is a big old clue right there!

    August 14, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  14. The world is watching, and judging

    Nope, it'll be Clark.

    August 14, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Ted

    Come on, pick Tim Kaine, you know you want to...

    August 14, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. California Voter

    Did either of these two guys get close to 18 million people to vote for them? Seems to me the choice should be clear, if she wants it, Hillary Clinton should be the VP running mate.

    Obama/Clinton or NoObama

    August 14, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. mike

    Oh and Joyce in Forida,
    we all know you are a manipulating republican just trying to sitr crap up..

    You guys are pors at stirring the pot... "What a talent.

    August 14, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. Jen, Gainesville

    Hope the Convention is not too much drama. Democrats do like to do things their way. Any democrat will win in November. Two life-long republicans I know, my husband and his 94-year-old father, voted for Obama in the primary and will do it again in November. This says something.

    August 14, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. former democrat

    Does any body think any of these people add anything to the ticket?

    August 14, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. Josh

    I hope and pray that this means Obama is going to give the nod to Wes Clark.

    August 14, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. Joyce, you're an idiot

    I'm glad you kept your bumper sticker also, it flags your ignorance for everyone around you

    Hillary's not going to be nominated...nothing's changing. Putting her name in nomination is a mere formality designed to satisfy idiots like you

    August 14, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Saad from NJ

    Senator Biden please.... for the sake of our country and the world. There is no one more qualified and charismatic as him and those are the two most important traits for the President.

    I respect Senator McCain but Republicans have tarnished our country and her system. That said, I wish Obama would be the president and though I like him a lot, he is relatively inexperienced and could definitely use Biden's years of experience in policy and planning. Not only Obama but all of us.

    August 14, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Chapman

    Wes Clark is by far the best choice...
    Joe Biden would be acceptable but he doesn't bring as much as Clark & the Dems would also loose a valuable seat in the Senate.
    Obama/ Biden just doesn't have quite the ring of Obama/ Clark...

    August 14, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  24. bibek

    Anybody but McCain.

    I'll vote for Paris Hilton but not McBush.

    Obama '08

    August 14, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. Kimberly in California

    Joyce, get over it. Let the pipe dream go!!! Obama is the nominee, accept it and get on with your life. All this wishful thinking and pie in the sky over Hillary has to stop! All you Hill supporter need to get on the Dem bandwagon and get the GOP out of office.

    August 14, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16