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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Tim Kaine • Virginia
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  1. hillybilly

    it will be wesley clark.

    August 19, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  2. gary

    LISA IT WOULD BE NICE,BUT I DONT O.B. IS SMART ENOUGH TO PICK HRC. HE IS TO STUCK ON HIMSELF.

    August 19, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. al phillips

    I am SURE its "Hager"
    1000000000000000000000000000% sure of that. Something that will BREAK the backs of the Repugs

    August 19, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. ME IN FL

    Who is Kaine??????

    August 19, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. Marty, FL

    I have great respect for Gov. Kaine. I believe Obama will make the right decision for his VP whether it is Biden, Clinton, Kaine, Bayh, etc.

    Si se puede!

    August 19, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. Pam

    Lisa August 19th, 2008 7:36 pm ET

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

    Sure you did.

    August 19, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. tm

    whats in a name?? Kaine or McCain and Abel?

    August 19, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. Marc in Arlington

    Kaine is a big joke here in Virginia. He pushed the law through that doubled traffic tickets for VA drivers (thank goodness it was overturned). He failed to get the metro out to Dulles. He pretty much just spends his time arguing with the Virginia House of Delegates and not getting anything done. Aside from his loyalty to Obama, not sure why this guy would be a good pick. He has no experience or accomplishments. I guess they make a good match.

    August 19, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. Bulldog

    It will be Biden. Biden is great attack dog and will tear McCain and his VP pick apart and spit them out. That is what Obama needs right now since McCain has chosen to use his gutter politics.

    August 19, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. Elizabeth

    Leave it up to Conservative CNN to say "Bad News for Obama", painting a negative picture with negative undertones...the reality is that the polls were showing that McCain cut into Obama's lead...last week...so what is new? What is the News? The fact of the matter is that I expect it to be an uphill battle...since may of the prior voters for Bush are still living with the fear that Bush nurtured over the last 8 years, fear that feeds on bigotry and superficiality, and narrow-minded thinking. With the publication of another pack of "swift-boat" lies and McCain's flippant response to the seriousness of this reminds me that the so-called "Christian" republicans rely on lies to get elected and that McCain does not have the depth to comprehend the fact that bigoted lies in the book help to destroy democray...they certainly fed into the lies that the Brown Shirts propogated and fed the people of Germany in WWII...lies that practicaly destroyed the Jews. While we are not there yet, it is frightening to see so many people fall for the lies propogated by the swift-boaters, lies that can lead many to vote for "sameness"...years of the same agenda as Bush.

    August 19, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. randy

    Please pick him he has ran our state into a $2 billion deficit in a very short time. He will hurt Obama in Va and nationally. Two little lawyers have no shot against Romney on the economy. He would not even hire these two to work for his investment firm.

    August 19, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  12. Grandma

    McBush is just another Bush's continuation of this current failed policy. He is good at cheating and fiip flopping, smear and fear. That's all they know. Instead of helping the American people how to uplift the failed administration's policy, he wanted to continue with the war in Iraq for 100 years. Obama 2008

    August 19, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. paulc

    There should be no surprise. The American voters are not going to vote for a (half) black man. No how...no way!!!
    They will rationalize and debate but when the chips are down the bare bare fact is that they will not vote for Obama.
    Say hello to your new President ... John McBush.

    August 19, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. justobserve

    "CBS News has confirmed that Barack Obama's campaign now plans to announce Obama's vice presidential choice to supporters via email and text message on Friday afternoon. (This plan could change, of course.)"

    August 19, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. Barbara - NC

    Don't you people get it yet? CNN and others do this 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 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. Bulldog

    Cindy McCain has consistently stated that she was "the only child" but today I heard on NPR that in fact she has a sister from the same father who is pissed that Cindy is lying to the media. Her sister, Kathy, is content that her and Cindy's dad gave Cindy the family business and only gave her $10,000 in his will, but she is pissed that Cindy continually lies to the media about being an only child.

    August 19, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. Patrick

    Senator Obama needs to be truly fair and choose the best person for the job for his VP – Hillary Clinton. So many of his supporters truly think that all of us who do support Hillary are going to fall into line and vote for him. If he does not choose Hillary and attempt to unify the fractured democratic party and let our voices be heard as well – then I believe he's all about himself and not about the party. I will choose to place my voice and my vote elsewhere and not on the Obama ticket unless Hillary is there as well.

    August 19, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  18. jimmy

    OBAMA'S VP CHOICE DOES NOT APPEAR TO MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO AMERICAN VOTERS , ANY OF HIS SHORT LIST
    CANDIDATES : SEBELLIUS, EVAN BAYH KAINE, BIDEN DO NOT HAVE THE VOTES TO HELP HIM. THE STATES THAT DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE WERE WON BY HILLARY..AND SHE HAS NOT EVEN BEEN MENTIONED LATELY AS A POSSIBLE VP CHOICE. AFTER THE RICK WARREN CIVIL FORUM : OBAMA WAS CLEARLY THE LOSER. WHAT'S MORE OBAMA SEEMS TO BE AT A LOSS WITHOUT
    A TELEPROMPTER WHEN HE IS SPEAKING. THAT IS WHY HE SHIED AWAY FROM TOWN HALL FORUMS AND DEBATES AND MORE DEBATES.. HE WILL NOT DEBATE MCCAIN MORE THAN ONCE!!!!

    August 19, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  19. Bigmarty55

    Folks: Yahoo is reporting that Ralph Nader thinks the Dem Veep will be Hillary. In one sense, it's "dream" ticket-unify the party, get all of those Hillary votes, etc, etc. In another sense, though, it ought to be every Democrats worst nightmare. In an election year, where all the Dems had to do to get elected was nominate a mainstream, white, male candidate whose platform could have been simply, "I'm not George Bush, and I am a Democrat", they fool around with a strident, ego-maniacal, me first, carpet-bagging woman, and a black male, with no experience and an arguably questionable background. Makes ZERO sense.

    Nader is utterly wrong, not because he has anything but his own ego and self-interest at heart, but because Hillary wants McCain to win! Why? Because she figures that he's a one term deal, and that she goes in for 8 years, four years hence. She views Obama as a politically correct flash in the pan. You heard it here first! I'm right (in more ways than one).

    Bigmarty

    August 19, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. Barbara - NC

    It could still be Hillary -- or Colin Powell -- or Hagle

    See – my guesses are as good as "theirs" – HA

    August 19, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. anonmouys

    forget about the clinton

    August 19, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. Don of Fairfax

    Is he taking a personal day or just calling in sick?

    August 19, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  23. Trasa, Texas

    For those who keep saying Clinton better be VP or your voting McCain, looks like you'll be voting McCain cause she won't be on the ticket. Besides, I don't see Hillary taking the backside to Obama, even if the positions does have the VP doing more, she be best suited elsewhere.

    August 19, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  24. TonyinKentucky

    I'll take an old drunk with a magic 8 Ball over any Republican with the exception of Ron Paul.

    Republicans are destroying our nation and are purposefully bankrupting our government so that all control can be ceded to the corporations.

    Just remember my fellow Americans, if you go into the both and vote for McCain you have signed off on the end of the land of the free and the home of the brave and the beginning of "A Brave New World" Huxley style.

    August 19, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. strong

    Kaine ??? No, no, no! He won't help clinch it for Obama. Kaine is an unknown, non-entity. A lame duck.

    Only Hillary as veep would give Obama the only chance of winning in November. All the remaining choices are re-heats of yesterday. So much for change.

    August 19, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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