August 6th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Kaine: Virginia could go blue for Obama

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, left, is Sen. Obama's national campaign co-chairman.
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, left, is Sen. Obama's national campaign co-chairman.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, a top supporter of Sen. Barack Obama, said Wednesday that while he's not running for Obama's vice president, he will do everything he can to help the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate win in Virginia.

"I'm not running for anything. ... But my highest and best uses is trying to be a good governor and trying to help Sen. Obama in Virginia, which as you know traditionally hasn't gotten a lot of attention in presidential years," he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

Kaine spoke from Norfolk, Virgina, where he spent the day with Michelle Obama talking to military members and their families.

"I really believe for the first time in 44 years that we have a great chance of getting the electoral votes in a blue column for Sen. Obama this fall," he added.

Virginia hasn't voted for a Democrat since President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 - but for more than a year, Obama's campaign has cited the state's 13 electoral votes as part of its argument that he can reshuffle the electoral map this fall.

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Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor has said Virginia will play a "pivotal role" in the general election.

Kaine, a Roman Catholic, once worked as a missionary in Central America. He can speak about religious values, something Obama wants more Democrats to do. Kaine speaks fluent Spanish, and could help Obama with Latinos - another target group for Democrats.

Kaine was also born in Minnesota and went to college in Missouri, two swing states in the Midwest.

Stu Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report has said the Virginia governor "makes a lot of sense" for Obama. CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider spelled out some of the advantages: "He's young; he's fresh; he's new; he's an outsider."

Kaine also touched on offshore oil drilling Wednesday, saying that while he's "open to exploration" of gas reserves off the country's coast, there needs to be a "new assessment of the costs and benefits ... In order to do that you need to look at the consequences."

Obama on August 1 eased his policy against offshore drilling, saying it could be part of a larger bi-partisan energy plan.

Like Obama, Kaine believes that the government needs to first drill in the nearly 70 million acres of land that is already leased to oil companies for drilling.

"They have acreage leased already that could do significant good," Kaine said.


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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    In your dreams. I just can't see Robert E. Lee's stating voting for a black candidate. Seems awfully implausible. Let's see what happens behind closed doors.

    The pollsters and punsters make one sick. Don't you know how the voters will vote once they get behind closed doors. No one knows what happens behind closed doors. Hopefully the voting booths will have door closers.

    Now for the news: I heard Obama decided to have a Muslim coordinator. I am sure many of his supporters are Muslim and that is okay. I think bam is a closet muslim himself. He quit his Christian Church and for what reason? Who knows? By the way, I just heard B'wana threw the new coordinator under the bus with his grandma.

    BTW: Paris and obama are celebs without a portfolio. Both are famous for being famous for accomplishing nothing.

    Obama is risky so is Paris; Obama has a funny name so does Paris; Obama sounds foreign, duh so does Paris.

    Two birds of a feather if you ask me.

    August 6, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. Peter E

    Yes... great way to show how Obama is a 'uniter' by continuing the divisive categorization of people into the 'blue and 'red' columns...

    August 6, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. Peter E

    You know, if the MSM would stop dumping everything into arbitrary 'red' and 'blue' categories, people might actually start thinking and looking at issues, and politicians would stop bickering over pitiful semantics, which always end up on terrible 'purple' compromises that just continue to hurt us, and maybe start solving problems.
    I declare myself gray! So there!

    August 6, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    With the shape that this country is in under a Republican Administration – all states should be blue.

    August 6, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. Guess Who?????

    Oh!!! Why so sure????

    August 6, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. Tennisguypitt

    I hope Americans WAKE UP and go blue. We cannot afford 4 more years of Republicans!

    Obama '08

    August 6, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  7. jimmy velman

    UNTIL GEORGE ALLEN CAME ON THE SCENE RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION AND MADE THE MACACA RACIAL SLUR , VIRGINA WOULD HAVE VOTED REPUBLICAN. NONTHELESS, JIM WEBB AN UNKNOWN AS A POLITICIAN BUT WITH A SOLID MILITARY BACKGROUND PULLED AN UPSET OVER GEORGE ALLEN.
    IT WOULD SEEM THEN THAT VIRGINIA WOULD BE VOTING FOR THE DEMOCRATS. BUT NOT SO FAST.. VIRGINIA IS ALSO THE HEART OF THE OLD CONFEDERACY. SO TAKE YOUR GUESS.

    August 6, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  8. LINDA

    TO THE PUMAS.... If you vote for Sen.McCain you will have 4-8yr,s of more hell and what you going threw right now.If you PUMAS…do Not vot for OBAMA then you will deserve everything you get. But i know you really don`t want to do that right because who in there right mind want,s to keep going through this hell for the next 4-8 yr,s.So you will do the right thing right and vote for Obama..HMMM……I wish you all well,

    .................................................................................................................................

    HA HA HA McCAIN JUST GOT SLAMMED ON …..CNN…..FOR SAYIN'G THAT OBAMA,S 'ECONOMIC SURGE' WILL NOT WORK…HA HA HA BUT IT WILLLLLLLLLLLL……..GET A LIFE McCAIN

    OBAMA 08

    August 6, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. nola

    This blog has become infected with individuals that have an intense dislike to Obama – You have the right to vote for whomever you wish but I wish that you would at least take the time to educated yourself about the issues and each candidate position and proposals for how they intend to put this country back on course-before you voiced your position.

    August 6, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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