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. dave

    Wikipedia says Biden voted for the war. He therefore does not belong on a "change" ticket.

    August 14, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. vicky ballantine

    I don't really like Mr. Obama as he's starting at the top of the ladder.
    Not a good message to our younger generation. BUT, if Mr. Obama chose Colin Powell as vp, then I may get a chance to vote this year. If he has the nerve, and he does, and picks Bill Richardson, the back stabber, then I feel sorry for us.

    respectfully submitted by Vicky

    August 14, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. Mike Dallas

    Not to worry PUMA's the nominee will not be Hillary, however, I am glad you have determined that it is good that she be publiclly humiliated over her loss. That should bide well in the history books of a first failed try and you have now managed to damage any shred of a pollical future she may have had for a second try. Be sure and stay in touch, she will need all of in 2016, because she will never again get my primary vote or any other vote.

    Careful what you whine for!

    August 14, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  4. nganenu

    Obam/Biden is my pick

    August 14, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. GOP Supporter

    I think the VP choices on both sides will determine the winner. Hillary or Biden vs. Ridge or Romney. We'll be voting for VP's come November!!

    August 14, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. sandyj

    I think Biden would be a good choice...

    August 14, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. joseph

    If Obama is not a Muslim as Corsi says in his book, why is his middle name Hussein. Can we find any non-Muslims in the world with Hussein as a middle name?

    August 14, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. Democrat for John McCain

    Biden and Bayh are idiots to support Barack. Barack has no substance and no issues.

    August 14, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  9. ron

    I find it funny that there are only a very few childish posts.

    Lisa , Sharron, Mike, Nobama you folks post negativaty every day on each story. You folks need to move on your canidate did. This is not a popularity contest it is about our future as a nation.

    August 14, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  10. boomer

    Do you all think that the Dems and Obama would telegraph his nomination by putting his/her name on the schedule for Wed night?

    The fact that Biden and Bayh are on the schedule mean that neither one of them will be the VP pick.

    August 14, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. Chris

    Hillary will not be the nominee; get over it. If she is, she will lose the election. I recognize the importance of voting for a Democrat, and will vote for Clinton if she somehow wins, but I know that a lot of Obama supporters (particularly younger ones, like me) will not, particularly if Obama were not on the ticket.
    Sorry to ruin your hopes, but Obama is our nominee. Get over it.

    August 14, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. Jeremy

    I think McCain needs to take Obama as a VP.... They both change their views constantly... Who even cares, either way we are screwed....

    August 14, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. WDM

    I like Biden. He is very tough, and will hit McCain hard for his mud-slinging politics, and his irresponsible war mongering foreign policy. With McCain as president we won't only be in Iraq for years, but now we can also take on Russia. Oh, we can also take on Iran while we're at it!

    August 14, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  14. Diane

    Biden is a solid choice. He will just need to be certain to temper his more edgy comments so that any blowback from the public statements that he makes on Obama's behalf don't turn into a hurrican. Hey, it woud only be about an 80 day strech to election day. I think that he can manag that. These two men could contribute great things to a US that is in need of having a positive influence in the White House again. The US needs that and so does the rest of the world.

    August 14, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. Matt

    I think either Joe Biden or Evan Bayh would make great vice presidents. Joe Biden could bring Obama's weak spot up, and Evan Bayh could make Indiana go blue this election along w/ souther states such as NC, GA, and SC. I would honestly like to see Biden the more than Bayh on the ticket but would be fine with either of them

    August 14, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. Willy

    Both are quality losers

    August 14, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. strict script

    Either one would can do the job!

    Obama could pick a rabbit or racoon at this point for his VP and he'd still get my vote.


    August 14, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  18. Realpropsman

    Obama is a very dangerous man. Socialism is not far around the corner.
    Be smart.....NObama

    August 14, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. Susan

    If Hillary is not picked for veep, Obama has lost all our votes.

    Obama/Hillary 08

    August 14, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  20. aaaaa

    lets all be georgians today guys because mccain said sooo get it!!!!

    August 14, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. Stunned Dem

    That any historically democratic voter would cast a vote for McCain (or stay home) because they are bitter over their primary candidate not being the nominee continues to stun me.

    If you are a democrat intending to vote for McCain because you are concerned about Obama's experience, I encourage you to rethink your position and consider that every administration is about the entire team. This country has never been run by one person. Obama will build a formidable administration, listen to his advisers, make sound decisions, and represent us well to the world.

    If you are a democrat intending to vote for McCain despite your dramatic philosophical differences with the republican party because you think Hillary was the better I can't believe you would forsake your values and sabotage our chance for a democrat in the Oval Office over lingering Primary bitterness.

    As an Obama supporter, I would vote for Hillary without hesitation or regret if she had been the nominee. And no, she won't be the nominee...

    August 14, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. Jersey Todd

    I've always loved Biden as Veep. He certainly brings a Leo McGarrity type to the campaign. Although, I'll admit – he doesn't bring a ton of electorial votes from Delaware.

    Most importantly, I'd love to see him wipe the smirk off of the GOP VP nominee in the debate. Could you honestly see Bobby Jindal, or Tom Ridge even laying a glove on him?

    And to the Hillary folks. Cut it out. We love you. We love Hillary. Stop this nonsense that divides the party.

    August 14, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. Krapo Kriye

    How about Nancy Pelosi as a VP? Attractive, smart, and genuine? Please Mr. Obama......

    August 14, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. Sonia TX

    Who cares who the veep is, the democrats won't win the white houe if Obama boy is the best they got.

    August 14, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    JD: It is time for a change Obama couldn't do any worse than Bush, and McCain is another Bush

    August 14, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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