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. Obama Camp

    psst... come here.. his vp is... bill clinton!

    August 14, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. NewYorkLady

    Barack Obama...

    Not Hillary!

    No Vote.

    That simple. We still want Hillary!

    Biden? Can deliver Delaware? I doubt he will be picked. Obama is up 9 points in Delaware. If anyhthing Biden could be asked to be Secretary of State. Since everyone knows Pennsylvania's Tom Ridge will be McCain's choice my money is on Obama's campaign managers choosing Warner of Virginia where he is even up in the polls tonight . Even with Evan Byah Obama will not carry Indiana. He picks Byah he loses Virginia. He picks Biden he loses Virginia, Pennsylvania and may still lose Indiana.

    Logical choice is therefore Hillary Clinton.

    August 14, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Badger

    Wisconsin is an Obama state regardless of VP pick.

    August 14, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  4. Joe (PJ)

    Hill supporters, let it go. The Convention will be like any other convention...Hill is not going to be the Democratic nominee. It's time to let go, she has – you should too. Bayh is the best choice by far...I actually think that wacko far left not liking him is the best possible endorsement there is.

    Obama / Bayh 08...I guess it beats some crazy old guy that thinks everything will work itself out of we stay the course.

    August 14, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. Roger from CA

    Never really LOVED Biden, but he probably would be the best choice of the lot (Clark would be pretty good, though he stepped in it a little too recently to be really viable). Bayh leaves me flat: I don't know if he gets Obama anything–maybe not even Indiana.

    But that list of speakers for that night raises an intriguing prospect: What about Jay Rockefeller? Honestly, I know very little about him or if he has any major negatives or skeletons-in-closets, but he has managed to be a blue-blood old-money guy elected to multiple terms from one of the bluest of blue-collar states. Could he lock up Appalachia for Obama? If Obama gets WV, OH, PA, KY, it is a landslide win.

    August 14, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. JIM...TX

    Lisa...Obama's supporters WON"T vote for McBush if Billary gets nominated because unlike you rabid uninformed HRC PUMA's we have ENOUGH SENSE not to want another Republican in office for the sake of our country NOT our own meaningless and whiney wants!

    August 14, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. Stop the Drama, the Nominee Is Obama!

    Don't be an idiot Lisa, we Obama supporters won't need to "cry foul" because Senator Obama is the nominee. I feel sorry not only for you Lisa, but for so many of you that can't let go of the fact that Hillary lost, just as she and her husband can't get over it. There is a name for that, it's called "SORE LOSER!" Word to the unwise, don't count on any "shake-up" at the convention, it ain't gonna' happen.

    Oh, and you are correct "Lost (maybe) in CNN Moderation", there are quite a few of McCain's supporters on this site blogging, as a result of the pathetic "McCain reward points" contest on the McCain website. Pathetic!

    August 14, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. gail


    August 14, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  9. McHill

    Wwhy don't the McHills join McInsanes. They can form a new party – The Whinners Party.

    August 14, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. Evan Bayh the Teflon Guy!

    I know Bayh personally as I worked for him for many years. Believe me, HE SHOULDN'T be the VP. He is phony, uncaring, and self-centered. You can bet if he's the VP choice, people are going to come out of the woodwork to share with the press, and the information they have won't make anybody warm and fuzzy!

    August 14, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  11. IF?

    TO-Lisa Once Hillary is selected as the nominee, are the Obama supporters going to cry foul and threnten to vote for Mccain?**NO that will not Happen LISA ........Obama supporters are intelligent and True Dems unlike you and rest of the Haters.....take this Dollar give to it Hillary toward her DEBT...Lisa you are Dreaming .... Wake up The Winner is OBAMA

    Obama/Biden 08/2012
    Obama/Biden 08/2012
    Obama/Biden 08/2012
    Obama/Biden 08/2012
    Obama/Biden 08/2012

    August 14, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  12. james

    John Mccain=World War III

    August 14, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  13. JIM...TX

    Obama's the MOST under qualified candidate ever..says Patrick Oliver! Where the heck have you been the last 8 years???? Bush was a governor...thats it of the great state of Texas and a pee poor govenor at that. You need to wise up!

    August 14, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  14. Ohio Voter

    REMINDER! Obama is not the nominee yet! He is the presumptive nominee, as in, he does not have enough pledged delegates to win the nomination, and the superdelegates could change at any time.

    SECONDLY, why would anyone wanna have Biden or Bayh as their VP?? They are not well known to voters who might not know politics, and they are not in states that are pivotal....such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, ect. I think Ohio Governor Strickland, Pennsylvannia Governor Rendell, or Hillary Clinton would be the best choice...Actually I dont see why he wouldnt want Hillary. I know many people will have an answer to that but common she has more experience, notability, and followers than Bayh or Biden.... Biden who??? Bayh who??? Pick someone who non political junkies know....

    August 14, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    I wish it was Jack Reid. He went to Iraq with him and is an outstanding man.

    August 14, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. IHS

    This is getting very scary now. I seems collectively we like to go from one extreme to another. Past eight years we swung that pendulum to extreme incompetence. Now we are ready to swing it to other extreme. Towards inexperience!

    August 14, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  17. Greg, Brattleboro, VT


    Please, stop crying. You won't change anything!

    August 14, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. james

    To al you Hillary supporters, irf Obama loses the election Hillary's career will be done. She will get blamed for his defeat because of all the ammo she gave the g.o.p, including the rev. wright tapes. Obama's constituency would never vote for another Clinton. Never.

    August 14, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  19. Patrick


    Obama/Biden '08

    August 14, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. Patti

    I used to hate Hillary but still even after some time I really don't know WHO the real Barry Obama is. Now I'd rather see her than him.

    But it's still McCain for me and hopefully Pelosi in '12.

    August 14, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  21. Edwards Supporter

    How about John Edwards or are they saving him for Attorney General or the Supreme Court?

    Amazing the policial hatchtt job the media is doing on the Edward's family to keep the spotlight off Obama, Pelosi and the upcoming energy debate. Now what was revealed last night? Nancy Pelosi is heavily invested in Boone Pickens Natual Gas company.

    Please tell us that is not true Nancy. But it is. Nancy Pelosi stands to make millions if the Picken's plan to convert our auto indutry to a natural gas fleet of vehicles come to fruition. All Boone Pickens needs is a Speaker of the House to make sure the energy vote earmarks taxpayers momney to subsidize his "Big Wind" project. and a democrat president to sign it.

    Why should any American vote. That corrupt nest of snakes we call Congress has their billion dollar self enrichment plan already mapped out. We get to pay for the alternative energy projects with our tax money while they rake in billions with their natural gas plan.

    I have a better idea. How about off shore drilling for oil, develop the shale fields, natural gas reserves and instead of a wind fall profits tax earmarked for alternative energy subsidies a 10% tax on oil and natural gas profits with every penny going back into the Social Security Trust Fund as this Congress pays off the 5 trillioon dollars they owe the Baby Boomers Social Security/Medicare fund. DO THAT and you won't have to raise the S.s. tax cap on our children and rape them like you raped us.

    August 14, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  22. Bryan from PA

    Stop it with this "sore loser" bull crap! This woman has been nothing but gracious since the DNC and the media have crowned Obama as the presumptive Democratic nominee. Perhaps a few members of her campaign are having a hard time letting things go, but for God's sake, give Hillary a break! Clearly she should be SOMEWHERE high up (in regards to the upcoming election) if she won the votes of 18 MILLION people. Why Obama wouldn't choose her as his running mate is beyond me - the woman is brilliant, and so is her husband.

    August 14, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |

    I still like Mark Warner & hope he can be convinced to accept the VP position if offered – Biden is excellent choice too, much better than Bayh – also like Clark, Nunn & would love to see Hagel get it, but I don't think so – I think Richardson will get Secy of State & HRC might be offered AG – whoever Obama picks will be more exciting than any of the sleepers McLiar (I won't run a negative campaign) can come up with

    August 14, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  24. Imindelaware

    In Delaware we say Biden should be VP of Iraq. He is hated worse than obama here! When the country gets more of him they will feel the same way. Bring it on!

    August 14, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  25. David

    Go Hillary! Write in, write in, write in...

    August 14, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
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