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. Joe Kiloz

    T H E --D E B A T E-–W A S N ' T --C L O S E -–M C C A I N-–

    W O N--O N--H O N E S T Y--S U B S T A N C E-–I S S U E S -–

    P I E R C I N G-B A L L O O N--O F - H O T -–A I R

    August 19, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. anna

    VP candidate: the only sure win is the GAL who has been taking the punches since the early 1990s.

    The biggest mistake of the DNC this primary is their failure to recognize how deeply respected and loved the Clintons are, by those who have been observing for quite some time.

    The legacy will haunt them come November, if Hillary is not running beside him, because she has proven over the years to many of us that She is ALL that!

    August 19, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. Cant Wait

    Tim Kaine would be an excellent choice for Obama! Their policies are so much alike. Together they can expand government social programs and spending until our country is *cough* "great"!

    August 19, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Barack the Vote!

    Lisa, You wouldn't receive a text from Senator Obama about his VP pick, ONLY HIS SUPPORTERS will receive the text message ahead of the public. On EVERY SINGLE BLOG about Senator Obama (AND EVEN THE ONES ABOUT McSURGE), all you do is tear Senator Obama down and post your negative, attack comments about him. Surely you're not now trying to say you're one of his supporters?!!!

    August 19, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. RJ

    Dollars to donuts Lisa is a guy. A Repug. just trying to stir the pot.

    August 19, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. anna

    I read all posts regarding sen.Obama and Mccain.
    People in America hate each other so mach.How do you expect
    other nation respect your future president and your country?
    Husein ,osama ,nobama and other bad names for somebody who
    wants the best for most of you.You will vote not for sen.Obama because
    he is black. Today everybody has information from internet. People
    around the world watch this bad and hatefull show. But be carefful
    what some of you wish for? This time joke could be on you.!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. Barack the Vote!

    LISA, You wouldn't receive a text message of Senator Obama's VP pick, only HIS SUPPORTERS will receive a text message ahead of the public. On EVERY SINGLE BLOG about Senator Obama (and even the ones about McSurge), all you do is tear Senator Obama down and post your negative, hateful attacks about him. Surely you're not now trying to say you're one of his supporters?!!! So, if he does pick Hillary, I JUST KNOW THAT YOU WON'T BE SUPPORTING THAT TICKET, NOT AFTER ALL THE HATE YOU'VE SPREAD AROUND ON THESE BLOGS ABOUT HIM.

    August 19, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. Vincent, PA VOTER

    If he don't pick Hillary, I'm voting for McCain.

    August 19, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. Banko

    Go Obama/Kaine

    August 19, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Biden just flip flopped on this comment on Countdown.
    The though of the VP being someone other than Biden
    makes me physically sick. Bayh and Kaine are great but
    Obama needs Joseph Biden JR. He even looks the part
    with Obama. They remind me of the characters played by
    Matthew McConaughey and Donald Sutherland in the
    John Grisham movie "A Time To Kill," They would be
    unstoppable this fall. Barack, I have been waiting for
    this moment for a year. Please do not disappoint me
    and the milions of American who adore you and Senator

    August 19, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. John Smith

    In America, we are really good at electing "dumbos" to the Presidency. Just count the following:

    1. George Bush
    2. Bush Senior
    3. Regan

    Now, we are ready to elect another senile guy, rather than a presidential scholar, to the presidency!!!

    August 19, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. Reality

    HATE TO SAY THIS.... BUT I BELIEVE OBAMA IS GOING TO HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO PICK HILLIARY AS HIS VP. The only bright side to this is that they will win the election BIG TIME !!

    August 19, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. johnt

    when he no longer needs you and doesn't even know your name
    there's a place waiting for you, under the bus Mr. Kaine

    August 19, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  14. hawaii voter

    Go Kaine and Obama...

    That latest poll of polls is drivel.....

    Look at how the margins have changed in the last two months:

    Obama's lead was 5, then 2, then 3, then 1, then2, then 4,5,4,5,6,8,7,5,6,8,4,6,3,5,5,3,5,5,6, and now back to 3....

    What's it prove?
    We are all watching the Olympics and enjoying the summertime of course:):)

    August 19, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Erika, KS

    Kaine? No. Don't think so. Only with Hillary would he get my vote, otherwise, McCain, here we come!

    August 19, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  16. ron

    that obama man sure does a lot of stumping on somebody else's coat-tails. one thing we can't accuse him of, is standing up for himself by himself.

    August 19, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. California Voter

    Kaine just looks scary to me and what's more his resume is even thinner than Obama's. Not the ticket I would want to run this country. And as for Biden (he's about as arrogant as Obama), and Bayh seems like a good guy, but again light on experience (sorry but I think you've got to have experience to make good judgments).

    Obama/Clinton or NOObama . . . .

    August 19, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  18. chuck

    Obama has to pick Kaine. He is the newly elected Governor of Virginia. Of all of the names mentioned he is the only one with less experience than Obama.

    It's Kaine or some school board member from Ohio.

    August 19, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  19. Virginian

    Governor Kaine needs to take better care of Virginia, before suggesting he is VP worthy.

    We're on the cusp of a hugh fiscal shortfall, which the governor's economists are keeping quiet until AFTER the election, hoping to help turn the state blue. Virginians, wake up.

    Come home, Governor Kaine. Do the job you were elected too!

    August 19, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  20. Lisa from Va

    I just flipped out that Toby Keith is a democrat and for OBAMA

    August 19, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  21. Ian in Seattle, Washington

    Scott L,

    No. If an illegal immigrant got a kidney instead of me I'd still have my soul intact and those of us with souls understand a dying human being is a dying human being. I would not care if that person was an American citizen, an American immigrant, an illegal immigrant, or some John Doe who washed up on shore. A human being is a human being and organ donor recipients are chosen based on need and their standing on the donor list. It's uncaring people like you that suck the humanity out American society. Stop your hate mongering and go help people who don't have the resources to help themselves. It would open your eyes.

    Born in Wisconsin. Raised in Seattle. As white and American as one can be.

    August 19, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. Lisa from Va

    what exactly is Mccain and the Keating 5 scandal?

    August 19, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. Jemama Freeman

    Obama,is very smart and careful of what he say and do . I belive he wiil pick the right person to be his VP. Be it Hillary or who he will still win the election

    August 19, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  24. C from Texas

    "Kaine and Obama will host an invitation-only town hall meeting"


    Guess they don't want to answer any hard questions just pre-screened ones. Guess after he fumble the other night you would expect this. Obama is a joke, he has no principles, he'll say anything to get people to vote for him. Maybe that's why more people are seeing through him now. He came down to Houston, TX to hang out with the wealthy Dems to raise money but wouldn't show his face anywhere else, wonder why?

    McCain '08

    August 19, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  25. Sherry for Obama

    I dont know for the life of me how anyone could vote for McCain.

    A vote for McCain will put America in further debt and doom

    Obama is the answer for all the wrong that is happening now

    August 19, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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