August 21st, 2008
03:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Cross Nunn's name off the list?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="It appears Nunn will not be Obama's VP."](CNN) - It appears Sam Nunn, the former Georgia senator and a leading Democratic expert on foreign policy issues, can safely be crossed off the list of Barack Obama's potential running mates.

Nunn spokeswoman Kathy Gwin confirms to CNN the former senator will be out of the country through Monday - far from Springfield, Illinois, where Obama is expected to hold a rally with his newly-named VP Saturday.

Gwin refused to release further details about the trip, saying only that Nunn was traveling on "international business."

Nunn's moderate political views, Southern ties, and gravitas on issues of national security and nuclear non-proliferation have made him a perennial VP contender, though he said last month it's a job he has never coveted.

"I have never aspired to that office," said Nunn at an Obama campaign event last month. "It is always nice to have your name mentioned - it is an honor - but I have no expectation of being offered any office, and I am not in any way sitting on the edge of a chair ready to go back into government."

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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Susan

    If he does not pick Hillary for veep, he will lose millions of her suporters.

    Obama/Hillary 08

    August 21, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Octogenarian

    McBush is the real loser. I'm sure he abandoned a good woman who waited on him for five years,only to be disappointed. Money isn't everything!

    August 21, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. dennis from chicago

    IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO HE PICKS.....O BAMA IS NOT QUALIFIED... o bama lacks good judgment and tried experience....HE IS A FAIRY TALE waiting to happen REAL CHANGE YOU CAN'T COUNT ON...

    August 21, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Mikey

    Rudy NYC – Definitions good, but deficit for FY 2009 buget was stated at $480 billion, expected to come in at over $500B. National debt is at $9.6 trillion. Therefore, Bush will push it to over $10T including his last budget submission.

    August 21, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    oh and lets talk about the K5 scandal. I'd post it there but CNN tends to close comments when they feel like it....which is normally within seconds. McCain was only included in the K5 because the left wing Dems wanted to include a non-dem. It should have been the K4 (All Dems) McCain was clear of all wrong doing and it's a well documented fact that he should never have been included in that scandal. How about you guys do some research, it only took me around 5 minutes to dig up all the facts…you should try fact finding sometimes.

    August 21, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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