Bye bye to VP Bayh

August 25, 2008
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Indiana has missed its chance to send another Hoosier to the White House.

With Saturday’s announcement that the Democratic Party’s presumptive candidate for president Sen. Barack Obama chose Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential candidate, the supporters of Sen. Evan Bayh let out a collective sigh and grumble at this missed opportunity.

I admit it – I got excited at the thought of having someone from Indiana as vice president. Indiana is very good at producing vice presidents, having sent five people with Indiana connections to the White House. Bayh would have been the fifth attorney from Indiana to be V.P.

For weeks, vice presidential nominees have been debated ad nauseam in the press. When I woke up Saturday morning to see Biden was selected, I was disappointed, probably like many Hoosiers who wanted to feel like they had a bit of a connection to the presidency.

Bayh would have been a logical choice for Obama in some respects – both are relatively young guys in the world of politics and Bayh could have reinforced Obama’s message of “change” and gone against the typical ticket of older, white men.

But outside of Indiana, what do people know about Bayh? He did receive a lot of coverage for supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign, he has been mentioned in the past as a possible V.P. candidate, and he formed an exploratory committee for running as president this election cycle. But outsiders don’t know him like Indiana residents do.

Bayh is young and has great potential to become a vice president or presidential nominee in the future. He gives Indiana some hope that we may yet send our sixth Hoosier to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
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