The SHORT LIST
The pros and cons of
Sen. Barack Obama's possible running mates:
Timothy M. Kaine
Governor of Virginia
Pro: Young, Catholic and Southern, Kaine is decidedly not from
Washington and has appeal among working-class voters. He also is personally close with Obama.
Con: A one-term governor with no national security or foreign policy
experience, Kaine could add to Obama's problems when his record is contrasted with that of Sen. John McCain.
Senator from Indiana
Pro: A former governor of Indiana, Bayh has more experience than Kaine but brings some of the same outside-the-Beltway advantages. His Midwestern state could be competitive.
Con: Widely considered to lack charisma, Bayh is sometimes described as bland. He is not closely identified with any particular issue or accomplishment during his time in the Senate.