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. Poadarian1

    If Billary tries to steal the nomination, it's going to get UGLY! They're showing their true colors and I think the world's tired of it.

    If she had this much conviction, she should've run against Bush. She was afraid, and now her carefully made plans of world domination have been soured by an audaciously unlikely competetor.

    GET OVER IT!!!

    OBAMA '08

    August 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. election watcher

    Biden was my candidate of choice. He had it all over Obama.

    August 14, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. Dr. Dean

    Shame on Obama!!! We don't want Obama!! We need a real leader!! Send Obama packaging for home!!

    August 14, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. mary

    ok ,all of Hillary supporters ,those of you that will not vote for Obama we will certainly suffer through another four bush years just more painful.

    August 14, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Hopefully Biden won't plagerize his speech.

    August 14, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  6. Adam in NJ

    I'm voting for Obama in the fall, but these guys make cardboard look exciting.

    August 14, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  7. EDW

    BIDEN, now that is true straight talk.

    August 14, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. loribee

    Barack and Joe....I like that combo!

    August 14, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. MJC

    I think the schedule is given to the press to throw them off, hands down.

    After months of keeping it under wraps, would Obama make it this easy to figure out?

    I am actually thinking Clinton today. Don't forget that the "nomination process" is Wednesday.

    Could it be that "both parties agreed" to include Clinton's name so easily because it directly feeds into her VP nomination that night?

    – Matt

    August 14, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. Martha in Lake View, SC

    The obvious best choice is Hillary Clinton for VP, but it should be plain to most by now that the Democrats can't aeem to ever do the obvious best thing. ( If they formed a firing line, it would probably be in a circle.) Choosing Hillary, and winning with her, would make the office of the Presidency more likely to be Democratic for sixteen years. Maybe the thought of that much success is juxt too much for most ego-centric politicians with various personal agendas--some of which are Obamamaniacs.With success seemingly their tail-wind, these Democratic party planners sometimes seem determined to force what seems to be a likely success off it's course! GWB has set them up to succeed. Let's hope that they don't put the brakes on this train by refusing to put Hillary on the ticket for the win!

    August 14, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. Debby

    OH NO Biden he is so long winded and loses his temper. Bayh is weak and won't do anything for the ticket. Good choices Obama.

    August 14, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Southern voter

    Without Hillary on the ticket as VP, Obama loses a LOT of votes -
    LOTS AND LOTS - including mine.

    He needs someone on there who the people can trust as being "READY on DAY ONE."

    August 14, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Lisa, if Hillary is selected against the will of a majority of voters in the primary there is NO WAY I will threaten to vote for McCain. I may have to hold my nose, but I will vote for Hillary because I am a true democrat, true to democratic principles - not dealing with hurt feelings and emotions.

    August 14, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |

    Senator Biden's career has already been far more successful than it should have considering his mediocre talents.

    But Senator Bayh, please do not throw away a promising political future by joining the ticket of this neophyte with a short record of nothing but opportunism and the advancement of his own self-interests, often by sleazy means.

    August 14, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  15. Jon on Bainbridge Island

    Biden is a great choice, he's been a great chair of the Foreign Relations Committee.

    August 14, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. Raul in California

    I like Joe Biden but as Secretary of State not vp, I think he can help Obama more if given that post, his experience in the senate and his understanding of international affairs is something it should not be ignored...While I am at it...Chuck Hagel should be our Secretary of Defense....Bayh seems like a good man, I just don't think is his time yet.....HOWEVER, there is one person who I think would complement Obama in key areas, someone who is respected and admired by democrats,republicans and independants and that person is the fine Governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius who has been eleted and re-elected to office (on her own merrits) she is intelligent, she is a visionary, understands the main priorities of the american people, someone of solid character and extremely likeable..I think she would be a superb choice and I know people would get excited and rally behind the ticket.

    Obama / Sebelius 08

    August 14, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. Carolyn

    Both of these men are great canidates and will represent America well.

    August 14, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. aileen mucangi

    Who ever he decides on should be the best. Together they will make a great team.

    August 14, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. Butch

    If its BIDEN – then it's Bye-Bye Obama!

    He'll never get the votes without Hillary!

    August 14, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. Jan

    If you have heard the news, Karl Rove is getting involved which spells trouble for Obama. It would certainly be in Obama's best interest to pick Hillary as his running mate. Mark my words, once Rove gets involved, he will use the same tactics to get McCain elected, as he did with Bush. Weather it be legal or illegal with Rove involved, McCain will be president in 08...

    Obama/Clinton 08

    August 14, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. SurrealPumpkin

    thought Obama's VP was supposed to be a coin?
    Isn't that how he makes his decisions?
    The "Flipping" and "Flopping" of a 2headed coin?

    Note: you can't flip-flop with a 2 headed coin, it says the same thing on both sides.

    August 14, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. Genie, New Mexico

    Bayh is the pick--Obama, the One, the Messiah, needs Indiana.
    Watch and learn.

    Instead of sending Hillary to the convention, send her to Jenny Craig.
    Did you see the size of her butt? That thing could hurt somebody.

    August 14, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. texas DEM

    i like biden and bayh, but i dont know kaine of VA.

    obama/clinton 2008!!!!

    August 14, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  24. John Air Force Vet

    Count me in for Wes Clark, too. BIdden ok- Bayh-blah.

    August 14, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  25. Andrew

    Both are unremarkable potential candidates.

    August 14, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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