August 19th, 2008
07:33 PM ET
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Kaine to campaign with Obama on Thursday in Virginia

Kaine is one of Obama's most ardent backers.
Kaine is one of Obama's most ardent backers.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – With vice presidential speculation reaching fever pitch, Barack Obama's campaign said Tuesday that the Democrat will campaign in central Virginia later this week alongside V.P. contender Gov. Tim Kaine.

Kaine and Obama will host an invitation-only town hall meeting on Thursday in Chesterfield County, a suburb of Richmond. Kaine's sturdy performance in the traditionally conservative Richmond suburbs helped vault him to the governorship in 2005.

Kaine, the former mayor of Richmond, is widely regarded as one of the three top candidates for a slot on the Democratic ticket, along with Delaware Senator Joseph Biden and Indiana Senator Evan Bayh.

Obama has scheduled a campaign event for Saturday at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, where he kicked off his presidential bid - but the campaign would neither confirm or deny whether the candidate will appear with his running mate.

Obama will also stump in the commonwealth on Wednesday with Virginia’s other two Democratic stars, Senator Jim Webb and former Governor and current Senate candidate Mark Warner, who is scheduled to keynote the Democratic National Convention in Denver.


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  1. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    FINALLY, a CNN blog whose comments are not closed!

    HEY CNN, SOME OF US LIVE IN PACIFIC TIME!

    A COMMENT ON DAVID GERGEN'S OP ED ON THE 360 BLOG:

    We did not see the so-called-debate with Pastor Warren, so I can not speak to how the candidates did.

    ALL, I know is that WE CAN NOT AFFORD ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF GOP RULE!

    PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP AND SEE THE DISASTER THE GOP/CHENEY/BUSH/MCCAIN ARE LEAVING!

    $10 TRILLION IN NATIONAL DEBT.................. DOUBLED SINCE THE GOP TOOK OVER!

    A DEFICIT OF $490 BILLION! UNEMPLOYMENT, TWO WARS......... AND MCCAIN WANTS TO "BOMB............BOMB...........BOMB IRAN!"

    DO I THINK MCCAIN LISTENED TO OR KNEW THE QUESTIONS IN ADVANCE............... OH YEAH! HE WAS DELAYED GETTING THERE, SO HIS PEOPLE COULD GIVE HIM AN EDGE.

    IF WE ELECT MCCAIN WE WILL GET MORE OF THE SAME. GOD HELP US!

    August 19, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  2. Hotdog

    Well, it's not Hillary and her whinning supporters. I'd rather see Obama lose the election than to pick Hillary.

    Hillary political career is over. If Obam loses it's because of Hillary. And we will not forget. It's over for the Clintons.

    August 19, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  3. Belle

    Obama never should have called the Pro Life Group Liars on CBN.

    They actually proved Obama "refined" his position on late term abortion, or "Born Alive" legislation...you know, the one that had a 98-0 vote in the Senate...(Obama was a state senator at the time)

    The New York Post ran a HEADLINE saying Obama is lying about his abortion stance.

    At the end of the story, the reporter said either Obama did not know his own voting record, or was so accustomed to shrouding it in dishonesty that it had become second nature to him.

    August 19, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  4. DAN

    After the saddleback debate Obama's teleprompt 20 writers speech just won't have the same impact. We got to see Obama in his own words and boy, he's not ready to be president.

    August 19, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  5. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    FOLKS, just watch the rest of this election. BARACK IS GOING TO KEEP A LOW POSITIVE PROFILE. JOHN McCAIN IS GOING TO CONTINUE RANTING AND RAVING!

    BARACK IS GOING TO COME OUT ON TOP, HE IS GOING TO WIN BY A HUGE LANDSLIDE!

    AMERICANS, IF YOU LOVE YOUR COUNTRY, AND REALLY WANT TO RESTORE THE RESPECT OF THE REST OF THE WORLD, PLEASE! DON'T VOTE FOR JOHN McCAIN FOR YOUR PRESIDENT, YOUR NINE, TEN, THIRTEEN TRILLION $ IN DEBT TO CHINA WILL DOUBLE.

    CHINA WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE OVER AMERICA IN LIEU OF DEBT! DON'T FORGET, BORROWING MONEY (REGARDLESS OF WHO YOU ARE BORROWING FROM) IS BASED ON THE BASIC LOGICAL UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU CAN PAY IT BACK!

    PLEASE TELL ME WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY, TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO BORROWED (MORTGAGE) IN ORDER TO BUY THEIR AMERICAN DREAM HOME? WELL THIS IS NO DIFFERENT TO WHAT YOUR CURRENT GOVERNMENT IS DOING.TO AMERICA AND EVENTUALLY, EARLIER, RATHER THAN LATER, CHINA IS GOING TO COLLECT!

    GOD BLESS OUR AMERICAN FRIENDS!

    August 19, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  6. Vig

    If Obama wants to win he has to pick Hillary as his VP. No Hillary – John McCain takes the prize. How is it that Obama's campaign has racked in 400 million dollars to date and still will lose? Because you are not listening to 18 million Americans who wanted and still want Hillary Clinton. It's really foolhardy to deny this glaring reality. Obama will be kicking himself in November.

    August 20, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  7. Ndalio

    Obama / Kaine
    Obama / Biden
    Obama / Clinton
    Obama / Bayh
    Obama / Hagel
    Obama / Nunn
    Obama Webb
    Obama / Sebelius
    Obama / Richardson

    all the above combinations will have me and my family's 1000 % support!

    We want change and new era!

    Clean and alternative energy

    No war

    Better and universal health care

    tough diplomacy not bully(doesn't work anyway)!

    August 20, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  8. joe

    obama/clinton 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  9. Arthur Springer

    NO!

    August 20, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  10. S.P.

    Is there any reason former Sen. Bob Graham of Florida has not been mentioned? Florida offers more electoral votes than Delaware, Virginia, or Indiana; Sen. Graham brings the experience of a former governor and foreign policy expertise as the former chair of the Senate Inelligence Committee; and, like Sen. Obama, he was smart enough to read the intelligence reports to conclude that invading Iraq was unjustified and would be disastrous for us. None of the other names being floated can bring such a winning combination.

    August 20, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  11. MikeH

    I didn't think it would be worth considering, and I don't really like her, but I think Hillary as VP would probably be the best way to bring in the votes necessary for Obama to win, and win he must if we are to avoid becoming a Police State.

    August 20, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  12. Jan Il.

    It's her, if he's half as smart as his supporters think he is.

    August 20, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  13. KERRY

    If Obama will chose Hillary as his VP, he WILL WIN! McCain's lead is only because people don't know who he's going to pick. He is a smart man, he will pick Hillary!

    August 20, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  14. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    PLEASE FOLKS, WHAT IS GOING ON WITH ALL OF THESE DEMANDS THAT HILLARY IS PUTTING ON THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, AND THE CONVENTION! THIS IS ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING, THIS IS THE TIME FOR THE PARTY TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT OF BARACK.

    HILLAR? WHAT IN THE NAME OF HEAVENS IS WRONG WITH HER?
    HAS SHE TOTALLY LOST IT? AND WHAT IS WRONG WITH BARACK'S CAMPAIGN ADVISERS?

    WHAT HILLARY IS DOING, TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO DONATE TO HER FAILED CAMPAIGN DURING THE CONVENTION, IS TOTALLY DISGUSTING AND WRONG! THIS IS BARACK'S TIME!

    SOMEBODY, PLEASE, TELL ME WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WOMAN, BECAUSE TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH, I CANNOT FATHOM THIS WOMAN.

    HILLARY CLINTON, THE CONVENTION BELONGS TO THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE. THIS IS NOT YOU, IT IS BARACK OBAMA! SO PLEASE STOP DEMANDING CONSESSIONS OF THE OBAMA CAMP, STOP BEGGING THE OBAMA CAMP TO PAY OFF YOUR DEBT, START BEGGING YOUR 18 MILLION STRONG SUPPORTERS, PLEASE?

    August 20, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
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