Bayh and Nunn on Obama Veepstakes

By Julia Hoppock

Jul 16, 2008 3:51pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: Of the seven participants in a summit in Indiana with Barack Obama -only two of them were put out by the Obama campaign to hold a press avail afterward: Former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn and Illinois Senator Evan Bayh – both vice presidential contenders for Obama’s ticket. An overzealous, on message Bayh answered most questions on behalf of the two Senators – jumping in first when a reporter asked Nunn a specific question, and responded to another question with, “I think I can answer for both of us.” The only time Bayh did not race to answer the question was when they were asked, “Are either of you interested in being VP?” “Sam, I haven’t let you answer any questions,” Bayh responded immediately demurring, for the first time yielding the podium to Nunn. Former Senator Nunn told reporters that while he is honored to have his name mentioned he has “never aspired to that office,” and that he has “no expectation of being offered any office.” Although Nunn said he is not sitting on the edge of his chair ready to go back into government he left the door open saying, “Certainly I would talk to Senator Obama if he wanted to talk about it but I think the chances of an offer are pretty slim and that I would have to do a lot of thinking and talk to my family and do a lot of reflecting about what was really the best role for me.” Senator Bayh – answering the same question – was not so forthcoming with his answer, but equally as flattered by the prospect, “Well, I love serving the people of Indiana, and um any questions about the vice presidential thing, I think, are understandable and it’s good for my ego but I should probably let Senator Obama and his campaign address those kind of questions.” Neither Senator would say if they have received inquires from Obama’s VP search team for information or documents. Will either of the men take themselves out of the running to be Obama’s VP?  Bayh was the only one to answer. “I’ve got a plane I’ve gotta catch,” the Indiana Senator laughed as he left the room, “General Sherman was from Ohio.”

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