5 August 2008

Could Obama Announce VP Choice Today?

Speculation is rife this morning that Barack Obama could be on the verge of announcing Indiana Senator Evan Bayh as his running mate today.

A 21-hour stop in Indiana - far more than Senator Barack Obama needs for his town hall meeting in Elkhart on Wednesday - is fuelling speculation that the Democratic presidential candidate will pick Senator Evan Bayh as his running mate - and soon.

Bayh will introduce Obama at the morning event - a side-by-side pairing that many Democrats in Indiana hope is a taste of things to come.

Evan Bayh is the Junior Senator from Indiana and former Governor from the typically Republican state. He is also renowned for his youth, charisma and ability to work with Republicans across a variety of issues. What is more, he was an early and avid backer of Senator Hillary Clintons Presidential bid, giving the Obama campaign an ideal unity candidate.

He has also recently stated that he would accept the number two position on Barack Obama's ticket if offered it.

The blogosphere was abuzz Monday about what Obama's lengthy stop in Indiana could mean, as people noted that Obama arrives in South Bend about 6:30 p.m. today and doesn't leave the state until about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Plenty of time, say, for a stop in Bayh's hometown of Shirkieville in Vigo County or elsewhere to launch a ticket.

Watch this space...

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I guess this definitely means its not Clinton! I did think it might have been the Virginia Governor though... another Barack flip flop?

John Hinter said...

Bayh - strong candidate with experience but still the youth and could back up the message of change - good choice if you ask me.

Alex Johnson said...

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/08/obamas_choices_for_veep_are_fa.html

Alex Johnson said...

See my previous comment for Obama's pick vs McCains!

Susie Q said...

could this just be the media getting over excited again? The emergence of 24hr news stations means that they have to find something to talk about so they attach significance to everything. I hear Obama prefers waffles to ice cream what could that mean for the future of American politics?

Russell said...

I think it will be Bayh, but I don't think it will be this week

Sarah Ferns said...

Are we discounting Biden - i think he's got a strong chance?

Baraksmyguy said...

Surely it'll be announced in the run up to the DNC. Obama will give it a few weeks before the announcement.

Andy said...

IN a lot ways, Bayh is the perfect pick for Obama--he's basically the mirror image of BO...Bland, experienced, practical, unpolarizing, etc...
Bayh is the type of Democrat, who at the top of the ticket, could win a national election with no problem, but won't do much on the bottom...I doubt he helps Obama win Indiana.

bringontheB's said...

I think Bayh will complement Obama and help balance out the ticket. I for one would like a Barak/Bayh ticket.

Obama08 said...

"He has all the virtues i dislike and none of the vices i admire" - Churchill.

Couldn't have said it better myself.