August 19th, 2008
07:33 PM ET
6 years ago

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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Tim Kaine • Virginia
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  1. JT, FL

    This is scary, I don't think I want Kaine. Who is he?
    Obama/Kaine does not work to me.

    August 19, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. Lisa

    Hillary 08!

    August 19, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Obama is going to pick Hillary, I received the text today!!

    August 19, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. Sacto Joe

    Not my personal favorite, but I'd go along with it if it helped Obama get a win.

    August 19, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. willy

    Biden just said today he's not the guy, so it's either Bayh or this guy.

    August 19, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. EBC

    Let's get this party started!

    August 19, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. Jean

    This is a great team!
    Hope Obama is seriuosly considering this VP!

    Obama O8

    August 19, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. Jack Mehoff, Orlando

    The tide is turning since Corsi proved Barack Hussein is a Muslim--
    Americans will not have prayer rugs in the Oval office and we have no time to be facing Mecca 5 times a day-we're too busy running the country-

    August 19, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. Scott L

    Yawn, this guy jacked up our taxes, so why would we vote for two people who want to raise our taxes even more? Duh...

    August 19, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. Phil Newton, Murphy OR

    Obama gives us issues.

    McCain gives us lies.

    OBAMA 08

    August 19, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. aware

    Kaine for VP? That would be hilarious! :)

    Obama count down and out!

    McCain 08! :)

    August 19, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Barbara - NC

    Don't you people get it yet? CNN and others do the polls to keep their ratings up. If it was a landslide one way or the other, no one would watch. MEDIA MIND GAMES

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    August 19, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. suzyku

    You received a text today saying it would be hillary?! text from who?! No one else knows but you do? I hope it's NOT hillary, she's not to be trusted because she's only out for herself and her husband can't keep his mouth shut! Bad choice. I was hoping it would be Biden.

    August 19, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. Sally

    ... and I'm thinking it's Bayh – just bland and non-threatening enough!

    August 19, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. TC

    Think about it this way. Kaine is arguably Obama's best campaigner that he has, and yet he doesn't have a speaking slot at the convention yet? Why not?

    Trust me, if it's NOT Kaine, then it's someone we haven't heard mentioned.

    August 19, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  16. Griff

    By the Way, CNN! You can tell Mr Cafferty, I would so much-more enjoy a meal; with Hillary Clinton,,, That look at his face, across the table... She has a Mission... Jacko??????

    August 19, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Whoever he picks will be great. Obama is a smart man and will make a wise choice.

    Obama/Anybody 08

    August 19, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. eam

    SAY NO TO THE OBAMA SHOW !

    SAY NO TO THE OBAMA SHOW !

    SAY NO TO THE OBAMA SHOW !
    GO BECOME A RAPPER LIAR !

    HE HAS NO SPINE SO HE WON'T DEFEND BABIES THAT SURVIVE ABORTIONS, HE SAID HE WOULD NOT SUPPORT THAT KIND OF LEGISLATION IN CHICAGO CAUSE IT WOULD PUT TO MUCH PRESSURE ON BLACK WOMEN ! EVEYTHING IS ABOUT RACE WITH HIM. AND IF HE WON'T DEFEND INNOCENT BABIES I DOUGHT HE HAS THE SPINE TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY !

    August 19, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. TheTruthHurts

    I like the guy, but not enough juice for this round of VP. Bayh is the shoe in./

    August 19, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. Craig in Des Moines

    Kaine brings NOTHING to the ticket. It had better be Hillary or we are going to lose – BIG.

    Hillary Clinton will be a guaranteed win – so Obama needs to get over it and deal.

    Bring out Hillary as the VP or risk losing it all.

    August 19, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. Maritza

    With the recent revalation in their face that Obama is not qualified to lead, voters are starting to take note of the obvious , he can't handle the unimprovised questions in anyway with any skill insight or real relevant knowledge that are needed to run this counrty. Pity.. McCain is not only qualified by way of experience but he was able to demonstate that he has deep moral convictions, and learned a great deal about forgivness from being a POW, it's a reflection of his convictions, he was strong , relevant , confident and gave answers that were consice and detailed, he gave examples of solutions, he left Obama in the dust, and now Obama has suffered in loss of points, Can you weasel out of the abortion question? guess not. "It's above my pay grade?" what the hell does that mean?? .... Maybe running the country is above his pay grade as well.

    Maritza

    August 19, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  22. gotcha

    Obama's loss couldnt happen to a more deserving person. Thank goodness, American for the most part are very intelligent and cant be fooled with this stupid claim to change. Senator McCain is very intelligent with concise answers at the forum sat. night , and obama stuttered and um and ah, cant speak without a propmter. Go back to Chicago. Obama, you are not wanted.

    August 19, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  23. Dan

    Tim Kaine is another joker like Obama. No experience whatsoever and no judgement. Barack has no judgment because he lacks experience.
    No wonder the polls show that John McCain is gaining momentum. Thank God that American people can trust in John McCain's experience and judgment. I do not know what CNN and the liberal media has to say about it.

    August 19, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  24. SAT

    I'm a BO supporter. However, I don't think Kaine is a good pick. BO needs a more seasoned person as his running mate like Joe Biden or the guy from Texas.

    Since the primaries, I've been turned off by the Clintons. Their sense of entitlement has really gone overboard. I'd like them to go away already. But I've started to wonder if BO shouldn't put her on the ticket as VP. The goal is to win.

    I've seen the latest poll numbers. Is there any truth to them? I don't know of anyone personally who has been contacted. I've never been called.

    There seems to be such a stark contrast between the poll numbers and BO's ability to fundraise. He is raising record amounts of money and has recently signed up his 2 millionth person. And the crowds that gather when he comes to town are always large numbers. When he came here to southern VA, people lined up for hours ahead of time just to get a good seat. Folks were taking off work, leaving early, etc just to hear him speak in person. All of the tickets have accounted for at the outside venue in Denver when he gives his acceptance speech. Something doesn't add up.

    August 19, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. Paris

    Mr. Green and Mr. Greener are going to solve all of our problems.

    I wonder who is going to answer the 3:00 am call?!!!

    August 19, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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