For Bayh, Third Time May Be the Charm for No. 2 Slot

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2008 2:26 PM CDT
Evan Bayh watches as Barack Obama chats with panelists after a roundtable discussion.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh’s currency with the Obama campaign may be on the rise, perhaps giving the perennial Democratic veep candidate a shot at the Naval Observatory, the Wall Street Journal reports. Many think Bayh’s foreign policy experience would bolster Obama’s perceived lack of experience, and his modest demeanor could offset the Illinois senator’s grandiloquence.

Bayh also served as governor of overwhelmingly Republican Indiana, and his knack for pulling dollars and support from far afield earned him a top spot in Hillary Clinton’s bid for the Democratic nomination. Bayh is close with the Clintons, and some see his inclusion on an Obama ticket as a peace offering. Bayh was considered for the No. 2 slot by both Al Gore and John Kerry.