Bayh Does a Reluctant Veep Dance
By Perry Bacon Jr.
ELKHART, Indiana -- Evan Bayh seems like a man who would love to see Barack Obama pick a vice-presidential nominee soon, even if it's not him.
Overwhelmed by questions ahead of an event here, Bayh was essentially forced to declare publicly on Tuesday that Obama would not be naming him as his vice-president today. At the end of a town hall, Bayh, who had introduced Obama, was asked a series of questions by reporters about his discussions with Obama, the timetable for a vice-presidential pick and a variety of other queries he did not want to answer.
Asked about the body language between the pair, the cheery senator seemed a little exasperated, saying "I'm not a body language expert." He then moved away from reporters to shake the hands of some of the Hoosiers attending the event.
Bayh is not stranger to vice-presidential speculation, having been floated as a possible pick in 2000 and 2004, but the former governor's chances may be stronger this year, as Obama attempts to win Indiana.
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