Bayh Says No Veep Announcement Wednesday

By Lindsey Ellerson

Aug 5, 2008 5:13pm

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports: The veepstakes rumor mill can take a deep breath and relax: Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., will not be introduced as Barack Obama’s vice-presidential nominee at Wednesday’s campaign stop in Indiana. "I’m absolutely confident there will be no announcement tomorrow," Bayh told the Indianapolis Star Tuesday. "I guess the best way to put it is, if there’s an announcement tomorrow, I’d be as surprised as anybody else." Bayh added that he has "no idea" if he will be Obama’s eventual choice or even when the Illinois senator might announce his running mate. Speculation about Obama’s possible pick to share the Democratic ticket shifted into overdrive this week when it was revealed that Bayh would be introducing Obama at a Wednesday morning town hall event in Elkhart. Now Bayh himself has put all that talk to rest…at least for the moment. Bayh also told the Star that he knows of no plans for any private meetings with Obama when the two cross paths, noting that the reason for Obama’s 21-hour trip to Indiana is because the Democratic presidential candidate wants to fit in an extra stop in the Hoosier State. Indiana is one of a number of battleground states that Obama has been focusing on, with Republicans carrying the state’s 11 electoral votes in every election since Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 landslide. Bayh has long been rumored to be one of the leading candidates for Obama’s #2 slot, but despite all the speculation swirling around him, the Indiana lawmaker has been tight-lipped about the process, only stating that he would accept the job if asked.

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