I’m placing my bets…

A 21-hour stop in Indiana — far more than Sen. Barack Obama needs for his town hall meeting in Elkhart on Wednesday — is fueling speculation that the Democratic presidential candidate will pick Sen. Evan Bayh as his running mate.

Bayh will introduce Obama at the morning event — a side-by-side pairing that many Democrats in Indiana hope is a taste of things to come.

I don’t know about the last part, but I will say that it’ll certainly make Indiana interesting come November. Talk about media coverage! That’s something media-philes like myself salivate over.

My bet: Obama will pick Bayh to push his campaign more to the center to regain some lost ground with Clinton supporters and conservative Democrats. Plus, think back to Clinton and Gore’s neighborly relationship — one from Akransas, the other Tennessee. Here we have Obama from Illinois and Bayh from Indiana.

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