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
soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. dems are screwed

    You dems are shooting yourselves in the foot!


    McBUSH for 08'!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. Hagel for VP

    hagel would be the best vp choice for obama. he's strong on foreigh policy, has experience and was against the war from the beginning. running a bi-partisan ticket would stongly show that obama and the country is ready for change

    August 19, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  3. Gene

    This is just tiresome already...

    Are we going to have a ticker every time either Obama or McCain step foot in another state? Big deal.. another campaign speech and more VP speculation. When he announces his VP.. then we'll actually have something to talk about.

    August 19, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. anonmouys

    hillary is not going to be vp

    August 19, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  5. Hillary or McCain

    So what...who cares. This guy probably couldn't even help him win VA-if he knows whats good for him he will pick Hillary even though I would still be so disappointed. For her to take 2nd place to this guy who knows absolutely's disgraceful...I hope she says no! BTY, he proved just how stupid he is Sat at the Rick Warren forum...when does human life begin, "that's above my paygrade!!!" You would think that by this time he would have some answer...he surely knew this question would be asked...GO MCCAIN

    August 19, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. Kenya

    I'll have to do my research on Kaine. The way I look at it the traditional ways have lead the country to all kinds of complications, so I'm sure Obama can bring fresh ideas that will help this country succeed. One would be a fool to take on as much responsibility without having a plan in place and I think Obama has done his research. Just having the name as a president doesn't mean nothing if you can't back it up. I think alot of presidents have taken on this responsibility just to have the luxury of going down in history because they were good marketers. Yea..that's what it is. When one isn't flashy and well known no one trusts that they have a plan. Well, sit back and enjoy!
    Another thought for all you fellow Christians. No man, land, or president can overcome what God said will happen in the last days. Please remember that. Have a good one!

    August 19, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. anonmouys

    are clinton and here supporter goig to vote obama or not

    August 19, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. CM

    JT you're scared? About what? Reseach a bit before you come on here and talk about your feelings. Nobody here is Dr. Phil.

    August 19, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. anonmouys

    mccain needs to go down one number

    August 19, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. tony

    Wow-He must have an inferiority complex-
    To even think of someone with less experience than he DOMES the ticket-
    But even if he takes someone with a lot of experience ( Biden )
    then he just contradicts himself about the same old politics-
    It's so clear that the only people that support him are the young - whomn don't even vote and women because he's "in vogue"–
    Everyone with any character votes McCain–
    Did you see him answer-When does life begin ?
    He answers-THats above his pay grade was his response-so is the Presidency Mr. Obama-

    August 19, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  11. Terry,Va

    Kaine would be a good choice for him. We would have dumb and dumber in the "white house".

    August 19, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  12. josh

    Obama's lead over McCain in polls is dwindling and he knows it. After hearing Obama's speech on "sharing the wealth" I realized Obama will probably do more harm than good to America. America needs to keep its sovereighnity. I know Obama cares about his homeland Africa, but how much can American people "share the wealth" with the country that just doesn't seem to function no matter how much of our billions of dollars we throw away at them. Don't we have anough people in poverty here in America to "share the wealth" with. And what wealth are we talking about if we're facing this huge budget deficit? Obama is not too good at economics, and economics should be today's number one issue regarding choosing a president. And talk about Obama's plan to send each family a thousand dollars to help with fuel costs instead of tackling this issue at the root.

    August 19, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  13. rexx

    Obama is stupid if he picks Kaine. He will not win VA period. Just liek Al gore lost his home state. He would be better off picking Bayh. He would be a much better pick. Of course either way McCain will win it unless McCain does something stupid like pick a Pro Choicer to be his running mate.

    August 19, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. Sherry

    I don't think it matters who Barack campaigns with his magic is gone.

    Someone that did crack cocaine is called a crack head.

    Barack hard left turn is scaring a lot of people

    August 19, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. BOB

    The only way Obama can Win is with HILLARY, but it won't happen. All they have to do is ask Obama who was Frank D. Marshal,[ a true answer, my mentor. He was a COMI check it out if you want to find the truth of his background cnn.

    August 19, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  16. Paul Dobro

    More misleading titles from CNN. How is still leading in the polls the bad sign for Obama?

    Why is so much focus on polls when the primaries proved the polls are soo far off from the truth?

    And we think the media is biased to Obama?


    Obama crowd, keep working in your efforts and we will sweep to the WH.

    Hey media, why not count the number of campaign offices per state for each canidate? Why not tell everyone what will happen with McCain after the convention when he is limited spending due to accepting public financing? Hey, where is the story about Cindy McCain's half sister and they way Cindy treats her blood relitives?

    August 19, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. KRSlim

    A perfect selection for Obama. Barack will pick Kaine, and the American electorate will pick McCain.

    August 19, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. Mike

    No matter who his VP selection is, he's going to get crushed in November. People are starting to realize this guy is less about "change" and more about "socialism". Just look at his performance in the Senate: the most liberal voting record and absolutely no qualifications to be commander-in-chief. 'Nuff said.

    August 19, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. Matt, PA

    If he picks Kaine I will seriously sit this one out. A pro-lifer like Kaine will rightfully demoralize Hillary supporters as well.

    August 19, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. Orlando

    I will say it again, no Hillary NO VOTE – plus the 18 million! Go ahead CNN keep saying that Hillary has to much baggage since she is married to Bill Clinton! Mark my word you will lose November especially after Saturday performance.

    August 19, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. Grandma

    On Sunday, he did not arrive on time 1/2 hour late for 1-hour program he was listening to the show from his or other people on the car and making the answer ready. He is the cheater and, late and follower of Obama. If he can not be on time how he will be running the country at 3 am with lies and cheating go home McBush we do not want you. Just say your policy for once instead of talking about Obama. You cheated on your wife how we can believe you.

    August 19, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. Cant Wait

    Tim Kaine would be an excellent choice for Obama! Their policies are so much alike. Together they can tax and institutionalize our country into *cough* "greatness"!

    August 19, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. Sue

    It'll be ashame if he picks billary.

    August 19, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. NOBAMA

    This whole VP shananigan is the dumbest thing ever! Like everything else, Obama is treating this whole thing like a reality show.

    August 19, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. bk

    Obama will do anything to win and if he thinks he is going to lose he will pick Clinton. He doesn't deserve to win. He reminds me of Bush he lost all the debates you could tell he didn't have the experience and people voted for him anyway and now they want to do it again. Unbelieveable!

    August 19, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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