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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soundoff (387 Responses)
  1. Lynn in NM

    Wow! Half the Democratic party is speaking on Wednesday night. Maybe we'll have multiple VP's. That would be interesting. Send one here, send the other there. I wonder if Biden will plagiarize someone else's acceptance speech.

    August 14, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. J.C.

    I thought Senator Biden made it clear that he doesn't want to anybody's VP.

    Personally, I think Obama should pick a governor to compliment his lack of executive experience. However, his executive experience is far better than Hillary's. Her best executive experience is her failed healthcare reform, which Bill blamed on the Republicans.


    August 14, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  3. RFO

    My pick is Joe!

    Obama/Binden '08

    August 14, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  4. Chris

    Why not Richardson?

    August 14, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  5. voter

    nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI August 14th, 2008 6:18 pm ET

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

    Well then vote McCain. While you vote for him, enlist in the war. A vote for McCain is a vote for the war. If you support McCain's canidancy then have the convention to enlist for the war.

    August 14, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. AmeRiCaN G

    LMAO @ all you disgruntled Hillary supporters. Your candidate got out smarted, out raised, and out campaigned. Bill and her played the same old dirty political games and got burned in the process. That is what happens when you still have that 90's mentality. She lost, get over it.

    August 14, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |

    By 2012 Hill will be almost 70 and 6 inches wider. pumas pay her debt and quit whining. Old MacDonald cannot win even with the 1,500 puma paid republican bloggers. Why do they keep lying about 18 million voters, many of those were limbaugh dummies who were never going to vote for her in the general anyway. Quit dreaming, and lying.
    Obama and anybody '08

    August 14, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. Carolina on Obamas Mind

    Biden is the real deal...

    And with is clear the Clintons have a strategy of hoping for Obama to lose so she can come back in 2012...if this happens, I hope all Democrats see through this...and send them packing.

    Obama/Biden '08/'12!

    August 14, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  9. Blaze

    I love all the voters here that dont know the saying "never count your chickens before they hatch. Wasnt the prediction that Gore would win and then Kerry in the past couple of years? I think it was. Wanna continue that streak? I will vote for who I think will be best be it Obama or McCain but either way, I am not going to start calling it for either.

    August 14, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  10. KE

    Now that Fidel Castro is out of a job in Cuba, maybe he'd like to be Obama's running mate. Seriously though, Obama should pick a "typical white person" as his VP.

    August 14, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  11. Ben

    dl -'JOEBAMA!!!!' – that was awesome! I can already hear it being chanted at the convention. Hey Obama fans, let's support each other and forget about all the baseless haters out there.

    August 14, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. Sam O

    My hope is that Obama picks Joe Biden as his VP. That has been my prediction since before the primaries and all of my friends know it.

    August 14, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  13. MD

    Biden is better than Bayh. I have seen Obama standing next to both. Obama and Biden "look" very presidential together.

    I think Biden's experiemce in all areas, especially foreign affairs will lend the Obama ticket the ummmph it needs.

    August 14, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  14. Devon Spencer

    Biden knows the issues and how to fix them best.

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 14, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  15. Brian

    Awesome. Either one would be an excellent choice. Also, Tim Kaine.

    August 14, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  16. Noah

    I can’t believe that some of you actually believe that all 18 million Hillary supporters will turn their backs on Obama.

    August 14, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  17. rainbowgirl

    To Keith From Dallas For Hillary:

    From your post to God's ears!!! I would LOVE it! Great post!

    August 14, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    Just heard that PUMA has raised a grand total of $50K. That's 100 people at $500 ea. Clearly these folks are getting waaayyyy too much attention!

    August 14, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  19. jt

    just BIDEN

    August 14, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  20. WonderWhy


    August 14, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. Mari

    Hillary's supporters either don't understand or don't care that if they sit out this election they will be handing the Supreme Court - and the fate of Roe v. Wade - to the Republicans. Not very feminist of them....

    Give HRC a seat on the Court. She can do more good there than she can as vp.

    August 14, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  22. Clint Zumbado

    Go Hillary! I agree, she should at least consider Obama for her VP but then choose someone else!

    August 14, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  23. Noah


    You're an idiot!

    August 14, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  24. DR. YES

    it will be colin powell or wesley clark

    August 14, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |

    Man it is sooooooo funny how Democrats are divided with their nominee...yet on the Republican and Independent side, we are all totally comfortable with our nominee Future President John McCain.

    Man it is hilarious to watch you all bicker back and forth. Kind of sad actually...too bad Obama is going to get crushed in November.

    August 14, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
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