[QUOTE]*** Crank up the VP chatter: Obama makes his first post-primary appearance in Indiana today, when he heads to Purdue University to hold a summit on confronting 21st century threats like nuclear proliferation, bioterrorism, and cyber-security. And in the process, [B]he’ll be hanging out with two Dems who are likely to be on someone’s short list: Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn. While it's not surprising to have Bayh attend an Obama event in Indiana, the appearance of Sam Nunn might raise an eyebrow or two[/B]... The topic, of course, is one of Nunn's pets, and Nunn-Lugar is synonymous with this issue. The Obama press corps hasn't spent much time with Nunn in person, so he's auditioning today -- at least for the press.[/QUOTE]
Nunn is an interesting option. He'd be a Cheney-style pick: Too old to have Presidential ambitions of his own, but with a long resume and impeccable defense credentials that help shore up a perceived weakness of a younger candidate at the top of the ticket.
As a Georgian, he would be a help to Obama in Southern states where he is currently winning narrowly (Virginia), or competitive (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina). And, tempermentally, he seems like the kind of guy who would play well in battlegrounds like Ohio.
On the downside (or upside, depending on your perspective), he's very socially conservative for a Democrat and was kinda slow to come around on gay rights issues during the 1990s. Some sections of Obama's base won't like that, of course, so he has to decide if those folks will back him regardless. I tend to think they will.
There are a few other grizziled-veteran types who I have seen linked to Obama --Tom Daschle and Dick Gephardt-- but Nunn is the most interesting of those, imo.
Is the VP pick basically becoming a game of who will act first? Seems that if Obama picks Nunn, that will affect McCain's choice. If McCain picks first, then that might affect Obama's choice. Odd that no VP has been chosen yet for either party.
[QUOTE=LyonMtJet;2631371]Is the VP pick basically becoming a game of who will act first? Seems that if Obama picks Nunn, that will affect McCain's choice. If McCain picks first, then that might affect Obama's choice. Odd that no VP has been chosen yet for either party.[/QUOTE]