Veep Talk Swirls As Campaign Attacks McCain's Oil Love

Obama Picking Evan Bayh Wednesday?

Rumor has it Barack Obama will pick Indiana Senator Evan Bayh as his running mate this Wednesday.

Speculation that Bayh would be the vice-presidential nominee goes back to the beginning of the summer, when Bayh, a former Hillary Clinton supporter, admitted that he would be interested in the position. Those rumors have been getting a lot of fuel in recent weeks and journo Bil Browning offers five reasons why it’s about to go down.

First and foremost, Obama wants to beat the epic Olympic coverage. Also, a Tuesday trip to Midwestern Indiana not only bring the candidate to Bayh’s home state, but opens up the rest of the battleground region.

If that’s not enough to get tongues wagging, Obama’s campaign told Browning to expect the unpublicized Tuesday event to run into Wednesday afternoon, but offered no details, just this cryptic note, “I can’t tell you what the event is about, but we want to make sure you have a ticket so you can cover it…” Most telling: someone snatched up the website, which very briefly took viewers to the Democratic Party’s website. Gasp!

Bayh’s a pretty good choice not only because he’s immensely popular in Indiana – the former Governor broke electoral records – but also because he’s liberal on social issues like abortion and gay rights, but has a keen handle on the economy. During his 8-year tenure as Indiana’s Governor, Bayh never once raised taxes and helped create over 300,000 jobs. A man like that could help woo worried middle Americans.

On a related note, Obama’s camp today released a new commercial entitled “Pocket,” which takes on McCain and his campaign’s ties to the oil business. Says the optimistic yet cutting narrator, “…Big Oil’s filling John McCain’s campaign with 2 million dollars in contributions. Because instead of taxing their windfall profits to help drivers, McCain wants to give them another 4 billion in tax breaks.” Cue snap of McCain standing with President Bush and then, “After one president in the pocket of big oil, we can’t afford another.”

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