August 14th, 2008
08:18 PM ET
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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. linwal

    Hillary supporters are a great reason why a woman should not be President. You see how catty you are...she lost let it go.

    You're still holding a grudge over her lost. Let it go.

    OBAMA 08

    August 14, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. G

    I hope Obama picks Biden for his VP they are both cool guys who tell it how it is even though people refuse to hear them. And Obama actually has more experience at least real experience than Hillary Clinton. So start reseraching voters and you too will find this out just thought you should know. Because the myth of Hillary's experience is exactly that a MYTH!

    August 14, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Texican

    How about Bill Ayers as his VP. That would be a great ticket for the Left Wing of the Democratic Party.

    August 14, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. Bobby

    Who cares, I am a Democrat and sick of my own party!

    August 14, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. linda from South Dakota

    i know one thing,, im watchin the convention on wed,,,,, biden,, dont know that much about him,, but anyone would be better than hillary,, geezz,, hillary lost,,, so wht is she and her"bill" in all this??? bill was "kicked out",, so why do they get another chance here?? am i missing suomthing?

    August 14, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. Maria

    What short memories you all have. Senator Biden was the head of the Senate Judiciary committee during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas. Poor Anita Hill was put out to dry by that committee. Biden, Kennedy et al did nothing to help her. Women were so outraged that at least three women were elected to the Senate in 1991. He's also had his share of "macaca" moments. Neither Bayh or Biden help the ticket. I suspect that Hillary will be his VP, as her name can also be submitted into nomination for that slot.

    August 14, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. There You Go

    As long as it is NOT Hilldog!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe she is insisting on sharing front and center stage with Obama. She will never admit DEFEAT.

    A LOSER A SORE LOSER who won't ever go away...her and old Billy Boy too. I'm so stinking sick of the Clintons.

    August 14, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. Keith from Dallas for Hillary

    Wait a minute. Doesn't it seem a bit funny that Bill Clinton would have a spot on the same night the V.P will be anounced? Is it possible, maybe, just perhaps, he will be announcing his wife as the next Vice President of the United States of America? God Bless America, God Bless Bill and Hillary!!!

    August 14, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. SUE, Michigan

    The 18 million Hillary supporters believe that their voices should be heard. Why do you think that Obama's 18 million votes are more important than hers? Oh, because the DNC annointed HIM and that makes it so? I remember conventions as a child when this crap didn't go on in advance of the convention, and when it was a tight race, both nominees waited until the votes were cast. Why are you so afraid of a roll call vote? The ONLY reason Obama is the "presumed" nominee is because the DNC and Pelosi bullied the super delegates to say so, and they can change their minds. Nothing is written on stone tablets here. Also, when it is this close, the OBVIOUS VP choice is the other candidate-the two can then pull in ALL the Democrats and win the election. If the DNC has any brains left, they will make this clear. The two would be unstoppable-without her, he will lose not only some Hillary supporters, but the independents who like her policies.

    August 14, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. kirk Linn

    I don't think it will be either Biden or Bayh and I will tell you why... the VP who ever it may or may not be will not be announced as a speaker on that night, The only people that know who that is is the nominee and the VP choice. I think that it will be a surprise to everyone in that hall who the VP will. I have a feeling that no one is expecting this person to be there at all

    August 14, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. David

    Bill Richardson has the broadest experience of the bunch, shares Obama's sensibilities about how govt. should work and how we should relate to the rest of the world, and gives geographic and ethnic diversity to the ticket.

    With Richardson on the ticket, McCain will lose his home state, and Obama will take Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico.

    August 14, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Ex-Republican for Obama

    God, I really can't wait to watch all these Hillary fools walk off a short plank and drowned in their debt.

    Such ignorance truly is entertaining to watch.

    And yea, please keep the bumper sticker on...its akin to the 'student driver' sign that warns the rest of us how incompetent the person behind the wheel is.

    August 14, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. Peter (CA)

    Sen. Obama, please be careful whoever you choose.

    I like Bayh but he is young and there may be some concern about two guys from neighboring states.

    I like Biden but I don't need two months of stuff about his plagirizing speeches in 1992 (hey Mike, thanks for being helpful and illustrating my point for me). Of course, McCain lifts his speeches from Wikipedia so I guess it might be a wash now.

    Make a good selection and let's win in November.

    August 14, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. John

    Who cares which robot Obama or McCain pick for VP. Democrats and republicans are all the same and only interested in manipulating the public in order to get power and money for their corporate interests. Whatever happened to all the promises democrats made if they took control of Congress, like ending the war? They sure used then threw Cindy Shehan aside as soon as the got what they wanted from her. Don't expect change from Obama, and certainly not from McCain. The only candidate that offers real change is RALPH NADER. Stop voting mindlessly for democrats and republicans. Vote Nader/Gonzalez '08.

    August 14, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. Stephanie

    Biden has been my pick all along. He's smart, funny, and a little edgy. Obama/Biden will make McCain look like the confused old man that he is pretending not to be!

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 14, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. arlene, CA

    Obama/Biden Good Choice

    August 14, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. carol

    I think everyone is outdated in this world why cant barack go on vacation what is up with that? Are all of youn people so brainwashed with george that you cant have a real person in the white house? dont you want a president that is human and with human feelings!!!!!!!!!! get real america. go obama 08

    August 14, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. don in Missouri

    I will never vote again. The Powers That be have proven that they choose Presidents not voters. 2000, 2004 ring a bell.

    August 14, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  19. Mike

    Hillary should be the nominee! Without her at least as VP, Obama will not win.

    August 14, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  20. Bryan


    August 14, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. Ben

    McCain's website gives "talking points" for supporters to post on blogs to win prizes. This is not a joke. This explains the repetitive, mindless comments posted by McCain supporters. The rest are written by Rush Limbaugh posing as a die-hard Clinton backer.

    August 14, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. EJO

    Senator Biden or General Zinni would be excellent. Both men are no non-sense kind of guys that demand results and are open to new ways of achieving those results.

    August 14, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. Staunch Republican

    If Bidden is VP, I would vote for the democarats over McCain.

    August 14, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. VP speculation

    I don't think Biden and Bayh will be Obama's VP. Actually, the fact that they are going to give speech about national security on Wednesday night tells you that they will not be. The real VP is Tim Kaine, who hasn't been announced to give any speech yet. This tells people that he's the final choice for Obama, or else such a high profile guy like him will certainly get a speech spot anyhow.

    August 14, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. Jackson

    Bayh was a Hillary supporter, so there is a good chance he will be the one ... hoping that he will get other Hillary supporters to cross over to Obama ... and many might just do it ... although a vote for McCain makes Hillary a better bet for 2012!

    August 14, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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