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.

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soundoff (387 Responses)
  1. zina

    Give us Biden!!!

    Obama '08

    August 14, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Shannon

    two great inspirational men, why of why can't we have a choice like them for President, we are stuck with a phony rock star as the Democratic nominee. Compare his record of achieving nothing to that of Biden or Bayh. The choice is easy for me, I'll be doing a write in!

    August 14, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. karen-phoenix

    Either one would be great!! Just NO McCain! McCain is part of "Project for a New American Century" and we will be in WW3 90 days after he becomes president (hopefully NOT) and our boys and girls will be in a draft again! God Help Us! Go Obama!!

    August 14, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. NG in DC

    Didn't they switch the VP speech to Tuesday this year...I'm almost sure I've read that that's the night Hillary is speaking.

    She is the VP candidate, no?

    August 14, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. Paul

    I just get chills of excitement waiting to see whom Queen Pelosi and King Dean will ordain for their appointee's running mate. Such suspense!!!

    August 14, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Janet

    Hillary Clinton should be the v.p. choice. If not, Obama will lose this election.

    August 14, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Esther

    Clinton lost. Let it go. OBAMA08!!

    August 14, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. Reality Check Richmond Virginia flash: Obama is the nominee. plain, simple, over and done. The End.

    Look, I have no problem with Hillarys name being thrown in there. Its not going to change anything. Plus, the democrats know that taking the nomination away from the actual nominee will spell a big loss in November, no matter who is on either end of the scenerio.

    Some of these Hillary supporters, again thats "some", meaning a very small, few, are like those crazy cult members yelling about rapture and waiting around for a big spaceship to come down and save them.

    August 14, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. Cathy a fellow female American I too like Clinton. I don't like how she ran her campaign and the levels she went to to try and win. But I am and have been a strong Obama supporter and know he will take this country in the right direction when he (we) win in November.

    After Obama accepts the nomination I hope you will join the me and support Obama so we can get this country back on track.

    August 14, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. Phoenician, AZ

    Well Joyce in Florida, you can keep your bumper sticker for 10 more days. And then, with any luck, you'll understand: IT'S OVER.

    Obama '08

    August 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. Republican for Obama

    Joyce wake up, wake up you're dreaming again.

    I don't understand how the 18 million voters for Clinton think their votes are more important than the 18 million that voted for Obama. It was close but she lost, it's time to move on. I wasn't happy that Bush won the last cycle (by an even slimmer margin) but none the less he is the President and we had to move on.

    August 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    PLEASE dont pick bayh. pick biden so we can shut the ididots up about this "experience" nonsense!!!!!!

    what is mccain's "experience" that makes the uninformed, angry, forgetful, lobbyist & big business-loving, non-troop-supporting neoCON even a consideration for president of our great country? he plans to STAY THE COURSE of the most failed and unpopular worldwide president in U.S. history!!! yeah, THAT'S a good plan.

    if some guy FAILED MISERABLY at your company and you had to fire him, would you hire his flip-flopping new friend who tells you to your face that he is going to make the same terrible decisions that were so detrimental to your business under the first guy??? OF COURSE NOT!!! and if you would, THAT is the reason you are back living in your parents' basement!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. Akinola - Houston

    I just confirmed it. IT IS BIDEN!!!

    Great choice Mr President.

    August 14, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. Sorensen

    Joe Biden is by far the best candidate for VP.
    World-renowned and respected, brilliant, fast, style, substance and
    Mr. Axelrod, you got it wrong again with Georgia. Ask the UN to
    do something!! This is the worst and most pathetic joke ever.
    The UN has never done anything, anywhere. It is a sorry and sick
    organization, and should be closed down, restructured and moved to
    Geneva. And nobody would ever notice them again.
    However, Obama got damaged again, and McCain looks stronger.
    Please wake up and start a new strategy.

    August 14, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. Haven't been polled via cell phone

    Is it me, or does Evan Bayh look like Kevin Kline in that photo?

    Go Obama! I hope you choose Biden.

    August 14, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. DJ Los Angeles

    YES! Very good choices. I'm very pleased with the final 2. Either one would be a solid VP selection.

    I hope that which ever one doesn't get selected, is offered a high-level cabintet post. Biden would be a good Sec. of State, among other things.

    August 14, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Fred

    Who cares, I won't be watching or listening and Obama could pick God Himself and have God accept and he wouldn't get my vote.

    August 14, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    Raymond-I love how anyone with any intelligence is "arrogant", obviously W's arrogance proves your theory wrong.

    That being said, Biden is arrogant, but so are all politicians.....look at McCain over the last week. Next edition of Websters will probably list Arrogance-John McCain.

    August 14, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Roy

    Consolation speaking slots, nothing more. Just wait til the roll call is taken and we all get to see what i predicted all along: Clinton/Obama '08, yes in that order.

    August 14, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. mouli

    With all considerations after due diligence, someone will be nominated. Speculating on the VP choice is fine but to go further to denounce one over the other is not any good. At the end of the day, Obama can't satisfy everybody but only take it as one of the many inputs before settling on a VP candidacy. Ditching Obama for not choosing the speculated candidate by segment of the pubic indicates that no amount of appeasement will work! At every twist and turn, Obama will be twisted to the tune of others. Doesn't this sound childish?

    August 14, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama is well educated and a great orator, so is Biden and Bayh. With that said, God has blessed us with a great candidate and excellent VP choices.

    August 14, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. Shannon

    Ew. He should pick Barbara Boxer.

    August 14, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    Joyce: Please drem on dear. Clinton will not be the nominee and even if she were she has no money to run a campaign, the Republicans would be delighted as she is the one they wanted to run against and there are more than 18 million Obama supporters who would NOT support her.

    August 14, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. Patrick Oliver

    Good!! Obama will pick a white guy, allowing McCain to name a woman and win the election. I'm a life-long Democrat (voted for every Dem since McGovern), but I'd rather have 4 years of McCain than Obama, the most under-qualified presidential candidate in history. Hillary will be the Democratic "savior" in 2012. Just watch.

    August 14, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    I'm banking on and hoping for Biden.

    August 14, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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