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

Biden, Bayh get VP night slots at convention

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(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.

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  1. Peter

    Biden and Bayh are some of my favorite choices, both good enough for VP

    August 14, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. jess

    Hillary Clinton is the onlt accepable choice. If it is not her, then Obama won't get any of my families votes.

    August 14, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. Julie

    Joseph Biden brings experience, knowledge, and patriotism as the Democratic VP nominee.

    Obama-Biden: a ticket Americans will vote for!

    August 14, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Flood


    August 14, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    I'm sending 1000 t-shirts to the convention that say "She Lost!" on them. Enjoy PUMA losers!

    August 14, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Debra

    Joe Biden for VP

    August 14, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. Charles

    I am a moderate independent voter.

    Even if Hillary accepted the VP slot, I still wouldn't vote for Obama.

    August 14, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Jacob, Des Moines Iowa

    people GET OVER IT



    (and even if she somehow became the nominee we would lose the election because african americans will STAY HOME)

    so you guys, and i know that its only a few of you, need to GET OVER IT

    you sound like a bunch of middle school teenagers



    August 14, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. DvlsAdvocat

    If it has to be one of these, I guess I'll pick Biden. He seems like a good Senator and a good man and would bring some experience to the table.
    I personally would like to see Wes Clark, but I'm sure Obama's camp vetted everyone for pros/cons and Clark didn't make the cut. The capture of the war criminal guy in Serbia could have played into Clark's "sellability".

    August 14, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  10. Jacob, Des Moines Iowa

    and for all those who THINK they know what they are talking about in therms of the convention.

    there is only going to be ONE BALLOT

    on the 1st ballot all pledge delegates have to vote they way they are allocated...they can't switch their vote on the 1st ballot

    which would make obama the nominee

    only if there's a 2ND BALLOT will they be allowed to switch their vote. which will never happen because obama will be nominated by the 1ST BALLOT

    August 14, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. JP

    what i don't get is how in the world are the clinton supporters still talking? she left a campaign with 20 million dollar DEBT...and you want her to be the nominee?...what's that in your head? it not a brain?

    August 14, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. TomHou

    McCain and Condi will beat whoever is selected on the Dem side.

    August 14, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. Ken

    If either of these two are the choices for VP, then it is another very bad choice by Obama. The only way that Obama is going to win is to have Hillary Clinton on the ticket with him. Anybody else, Obama will NOT be able to defeat McCain in November.

    If truly the Democrats want to win the White House, then they all need to get behind Obama and either make Hillary Clinton the nominee or make sure that Obama puts her on the ticket to be his VP. Otherwise, all bets are off!

    August 14, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  14. Debo

    Lisa, yes if Hillary should steal the nomination, the Obama supporters will refuse to support her. Nice try winning without us!

    August 14, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. Sam - Illinois

    As long as Hillary isn't VP, I am all good....Hillary would be too controlling as a VP, and not let the president do his duty. I like Biden personally...

    August 14, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  16. leslie

    You Obama supporters that don't want Hillary as VP are ignoring the truth that is staring you right in the face. 18 million plus 18 million equal 36 million. Without Hillary, he can't win. Without Hillary he doesn't get my vote.

    August 14, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  17. Tina

    So many people on this blog attacking Joyce. Why? She, like me, thinks Senator Clinton was the better candidate. However, Senator Clinton lost and that's ok, but trying to bully people into supporting your candidate is the reason so many won't. People don't have to vote for your choice–that's called democracy. And frankly, Senator Obama's recent positions on some of the issues I care about have been troubling. That said, the prinary vote was pretty evenly split, and no one can deny that, although many have tried. Finally, a roll call vote is not going to diminish Senator Obama if he already has enough votes for the nomination. So what's the problem? None, especially if you've actually been through a few election cycles. The idea that everyone falls in line is silly.

    August 14, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  18. David

    I think they'd both be great choices.
    Biden would destroy whoever McCain picks as VP.
    Bayh might well help Obama win Indiana.
    Happy with either!

    August 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  19. Erica

    The convention is being choreographed to let Clinton's delegates have their vote so they can unite behind Obama as the unified candidate of all the Democrats. Hillary won't be the nominee and she won't be the VP. Biden would make an excellent choice. He's seasoned and has foreign policy experience. He will be a good partner for Obama. Bayh was one of the few Democrats who supported the choice of Mukasey as AG, another Bush "yes" man who is putting partisan politics ahead of the law.

    Obama '08

    August 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  20. GWB is an Idoit....something we all can agree on

    I'm voting for Obama, but still think that Hillary had better policies (yes they were similar, but hers were more progressive) She would have devoted a larger amount of $$ to new technology for future independence from oil. Obama supports this too, but not nearly as much $$. Just one example of how they were similar in policy, but have different details.

    I know more about Biden – and I really enjoyed listening to him during the debates – but will read into Bayh.

    And lastly – to the haters of Hillary supporters.....

    Most of us will probably vote for Obama because his stances on policies are much more similar to Clinton's – but that doesn't mean we are totally confident and we should blindly throw our support towards any old democrat. Personally I felt very confident voting for H for president....I don't feel quite that way towards Obama. A person is smarter for being critical.... and not just blindly supporting whoever happens to be on the D ticket.

    Those who see a small difference between Hill and Obama are the people who don't understand why the Hill supporters are not quick to jump to Obama.

    August 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. Orlando

    who care about Bill Richardson – he is a Judas!

    August 14, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. adm

    Hillary will not overthrow Obama so please get that out of your head. It is just a formality. Obama will be nominated. The Superdelegates and delagates know what is at stake. Why would they all change their minds like that and support someone who cannot manage her campaign nor her budget.? It is clear that she would not be ready on day because she could not make a decision in her own campaign which cost her the election. Besides all that, the dels and superdels would not do that to the party. They want unity not division.

    August 14, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  23. eric in san diego

    Pick John Edwards so the Republicans can make the election about his affair.

    August 14, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  24. 2008 MINUTE MAN

    GO JOE GO!

    August 14, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  25. Ann Frantti

    The VP selection matters so much this election..simply, because Barack Obama is such a ridiculous candidate!!

    August 14, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
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