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. Jay

    Obama should choose Jack Cafferty as his VP. A young arrogant inexperience politician with an old cocky inexperience media personality. I say that's a perfect union and a perfect example of what the Obama campaign has been all about.

    August 15, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  2. AnAmericanPerson

    Either of these 2 would be a mistake that Obama might live to regret. But cut against the grain of his message of change. They're both politics as usual.

    August 15, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  3. Mael

    Obama won't pick Biden. Biden has the problem of at first being impressive and then the longer you listen to him you realize that he isn't speaking for your benefit he is speaking for the sake of his own ego. I think the man is fairly impressed with his self.

    It could be Bayh. The problem with Bayh is that he is too good a pick for someone who gets along extremely well with Republicans. Shoot he could easily switch parties and no one would notice. I personally think Bill Richardson would be a good pick. He is mature and does not have the risk of dominating Obama. Obama has to be careful else he look rather than like President but the man who is announcing the President. The last thing he wants is to look like he should be VP and with his lack of experience that is going to be a very hard thing to avoid.

    August 15, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  4. Dave

    My first choice would be Colin Powell, second would be Wesley Clark, third would be Biden, and then maybe Sebelius or Richardson.

    August 15, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  5. anna

    As long as there are no more discriminating AGE jokes about McCain, I think Biden is a good choice too!

    August 15, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  6. AnAmericanPerson

    Claire McCaskill, for so many reasons, remains Obama's best choice for VP. If only he has the courage to select her.

    August 15, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  7. anna

    hopefully if BIDEN is the VP running mate, there will be no more AGE jokes about McCain.

    August 15, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  8. Susan

    As an observer I can only say that I am totally impressed by the amazing talent that Barack Obama has to choose from for VP. Bill Richardson, Wes Clark, Joe Biden, etc. etc.etc. it just goes on and on.... he will have an amazing cabinet if he gets elected!!! On the other hand it seems that John McCain would be very stretched in that department?? Maybe American should judge their future president on the men and women they can gather around them????

    August 15, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |

    I think that the PUMA are a group of people who cannot accept defeat in competition, but tries to justify their irrational behaviour BY DESTROYING their candidate reputation in the process. They are so blinded by infantile temper tandrums that they are making it impossible for their candidate to ever win a political competition in the future. They are trying to blackmail and manipulate the situation, but it s going to back-fire on their candidate. What a SHAME.

    August 15, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  10. texas DEM

    hillary 2012

    August 15, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  11. Sickofinanities

    Obama/Clark '08

    Obama/Hagel '08

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 15, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  12. anna

    If you dont Want Hillary as VP, you clearly arent serious about Obama as POTUS.
    Politicians, by virtue of their profession, have to kiss Voter Butt.
    Thats the way it is. And there are just enough p o'd people out there to make it a very chilly November for the Democrats if Hillary is not the VP running mate.

    August 15, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  13. Phishmelt

    just to make it clear, they will be adding a new slot with Hillaries VP selection.

    August 15, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  14. TerryDo--Puma +40


    Obama’s 143 Days of Senate Experience

    That’s how many days the Senate was actually in session and working.

    The one single Senate committee that he headed never
    even met once

    Think about it…….143 days — 20.4 weeks — 4.7 months …

    Our children spend more time in pre-school getting ready for kindergarten

    August 15, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  15. Al

    Biden brings balance to Obama's percieved weaknesses of experience and foreign affairs. An Obama/Biden ticket will force the GOP to change their strategy of attempting to paint Obama as not ready to lead.

    August 15, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  16. natalie

    1. half of the people commenting on this blog are complete morons.
    2. clinton being submitted for nomination is a symbolic peace offering, not anything for either side to get their feathers ruffled about. so shut up.
    3. i find it humorous how obama's top vp choices seem to be old white guys who are familiar with washington politics (sound familiar?)
    4. bill richardson is the most qualified for the vp slot.

    August 15, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  17. Chula

    It doesn't matter which of these two get picket....neither will help Obama get elected.

    In order to help Obama they would need to some how find a way to erase the minds of Americans so that they don't remember Obama participated in a racist church for the last 20 years.

    That's not going to happen.

    Democrats FIGHT and VOTE against Racism....we don't support it and we certainly won't vote for a Democratic candidate who participated in a racist, divisive, American hating church for the last 20 years!

    I guess the DNC was determined to LOSE this election.

    August 15, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  18. Vig

    Oh brother – this is turning out to be business as usual – males parading around like some authorative honchos Hillary Clinton being appeased when she should be the next President and not Mr. Wannabe Obama – who doesn't know his what from his you know what.

    August 15, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  19. streetsmart

    The triple B's = Bama, Biden & Bayh...I like the combination of either Biden or Bayh with oBama but realistically the guy who is greyer and more experienced will make the final cut because of the need to balance the ticket with age and experience vs. youth and vigor...

    Great choices either one! But then again I somewhat sad that the rift between Obama and Hillary has grown to the point where they are viewed as incompatible for running mates...Anyway, she will play an important role in any Obama administration...

    August 15, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  20. Astrid're the ignorant one, not to mention arrogant and nauseating. Stay in Hawaii and play in the sand.

    August 15, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  21. Denny

    A vote for Obama is a vote for more taxes, more goverment handouts. etc.....I will vote Hillary before Obama...He is a nobody, who wants handouts from the American people. He doesnt need a VP, all he has to do is look in the mirror and see the two faced person he is...

    August 15, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  22. Charles in Cincinnati

    I've long respected Joe Biden. He's smart, experienced, and a very likable guy. He'd make an excellent VP. Hell, he'd probably make an excellent president.

    Anybody thinking of voting for McCain, ask yourself this: are you better off today than you were in 2000? If not, why would you want 4 more years of Bushism, as that's exactly what McCain will deliver if elected.

    August 15, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  23. Chris

    I've never seem so many fake &*#%$ Democrats. Hillary lost folks... she is a true Dem by jumping aboard! These fake Democrats are probably the same one who believed the swift boat, turned their back on Kerry, and voted Bush! Now look where we are at! Get with the program people, or McBush will finish us off!!!

    August 15, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  24. Duke

    Obama will win without Hillary, although I have nothing against Hillary. It is Obama's choice, not Hillary's supporter's choice. Obama won, Hillary lost, plain and simple. Yes, the Hillary supporters can abandon the party, but the fact is, that if they do abandon the party over this, then they were not Democrats from the start. A true Democrat could in no way identify with McLame. But, if they do support McLame it won't be the first time that the public voted against its own interests and it won't be the last.

    It is like poor people voting for the party that wants to limit minimum wage, ship in cheap labor to suppress salaries, totally screw health care, then ship the remaining jobs out of the country. If this serves your interests, go for it.

    August 15, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  25. Luke Brown

    McCain is going with a prochoice VP. He hates the Christian right and owes them nothing. I think I'll wait and have an abortion when Big Mac is Prez.

    August 15, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
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