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. Denise Groves

    Well it is not Kaine. I think it is Biden, whom I like

    August 19, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. pam Eugene OR

    OMG
    The Repugnants have reached an all time low! Just when you think there was no lower than a snakes belly they prove it is possible to go lower.
    Shams, shame, shame on them. They are now saying ( 5 minutes ago on the Hannity show) that Barack favors murder for partial birth abortions.
    They have reached unknown lows even for slime soaked Republicans.
    No more lies from the republicans.

    August 19, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. susie

    Town meetings, invitation-only, Obama always acts like he's to good for the general public. Dean, Kennedy, Kerry, and Pelosi really screwed up by wanting Obama. Those four should have allowed the people to pick the candidate.

    August 19, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. Brandy, NJ

    The funny thing is that his lead was suppose to be smaller days after the primary season ended because of HC supporters.

    As the months go by his lead is suppose to increase as those supporters join the band wagon but ...

    It looks like his lead continues to get smaller and smaller and smaller ... I think he not only is not getting the HC supporters but every day he changes his position on important issues ... I think his own supporters are starting to see through him.

    If he wants to win ... I think HC is his only choice. Like it or not – that's the way it is.

    August 19, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  5. E.C.Coleman

    Kaine would be a terrible choice for VP.

    August 19, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  6. C from Texas

    Lisa August 19th, 2008 7:36 pm ET

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

    ----------------------------------

    Sounds like something he would do, then he would tell his/her supporters to unite under the joint ticket. This way he would get more votes. Maybe people will start seeing the light and see through these frauds. BTW- wasn't it H. Clinton that said he wouldn't make a good leader. LOL

    McCain '08

    August 19, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. Carl from MI

    Kaine's an awesome guy... he may not get picked for VP, but I'm sure he's got a place in Obama's cabinet. Obama's NOT going to pick Hillary... so give it up, Lisa! She lost... time to move on.

    August 19, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. tim, boston

    the neo-cons of CNN are at it again!

    "IS THE TIDE TURNING?"
    "BAD NEWS FOR OBAMA"
    blah blah blah blah blah...

    just wait for the KKKs of the right to turn on you.....LOL

    August 19, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. anonymous

    No obama for the White House. No good candidates left for him to pick. Sorry but MCCain will rule the show as he has been doing the whole time. Be a good loser democrats.

    August 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. tim, boston

    JACK CAFFERTY FOR VP!!!!!

    August 19, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. Seanm

    I heard Kaine on the radio a few days ago. He would make an excellent choice. He answered tough questions with great responses. He's quick on his feet, even with the "gotcha" type questions that the mainstream media like to throw at politicians. Furthermore, he showed that he wasn't afraid to take on that weasel Rove. He'd make an excellent VP.

    August 19, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. dr

    INFORM YOURSELF.....Please...Tim Kaine will be a great VP pick... only Colin Powell would be a better pick... White America sure would like to see an all Black Ticket

    August 19, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  13. vb

    I would be surprised if it is not Biden..I know he said, im not the guy..But he is the most logical choice. Obama/Clinton 08 or Obama/Biden 08..either is good for me

    August 19, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. Mark

    Please pick Kaine!!!! That way McCain can campaign against 2 inexperience fools.

    August 19, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Dumbama and Kaine. Change I can believe in.

    August 19, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. Mike, VA

    Kaine was a mistake for Virginia. He will not make the difference Obama thinks he will.

    August 19, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. sow

    Obama should pick someone who represents "change"

    August 19, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  18. Ruthy

    Why not Hillary?

    August 19, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. dr

    Hillary LOST ...thank God ...now if she would please just take a HIKE!

    Girls have you ever heard of NAFTA? Bill Clinton is responsible for millions of lost manufacturing jobs.. Hillary was all for it ...she lied on the campaign trail.. she would say anything she is a pathetic " liar"

    dik gone

    August 19, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  20. Bob (NC)

    Yeah, add Kaine. He's such a boring guy it will bring defeat to Obama is already dropping in the polls.

    Abstain or McCain

    August 19, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  21. Citizen AJ - Northern Virginia

    I believe it will be Bayh. An accomplished Senator that has not been in Washington too long to shake off the politics of influence. But, it could be a pick that we have overlooked or never looked at. Keep watching or waiting for the text!

    Ain't it great, Obama '08!

    August 19, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  22. banderson

    All Hillary supporters should send a email to Senator Obama so that he picks her.

    August 19, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. VOICE OF REASON

    ITS ABSOLUTELY IMMANURE WHO HE PICKS AS VEEP. MAKES NO NEVERMIND WHAT SO EVER. KINDA LIKE THE OLD SWITCHAROO WITH THE SINGERS BY THE CHI-COMS. ITS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COUNTRY THEY SQUEAKED. A BILLION BLIND MICE. NOT TO BE UN LINKED WITH OBLAMA STOOPORTERS. HE BETTER PICK SOMEONE LIKE A DEAF SET OF 24'S ON HIS RIDE. OBAMA NEED THE NUMBERS AND THE BLINGY BLINGY AFTER THAT LIE HE TOLD ABOUT ABORTION. O-M-G AND IN FRONT OF THE PREACHER. MMMMMMMMMMM I SEE A BOLT OF LIGHTNING IN HIS FUTURE.............NO SORRY THATS MCCAIN OPENING UP A 55 GALLON DRUM OF WHOOP TATER NOV 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. John

    Hey Lisa.... go away. I think I saw on another comment that you said you got a text that Obama was picking Al Gore. Y'know what? I just got a text too. It says you're an idiot.

    August 19, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  25. Ann

    time to bring hillary back

    this media hyped obama is loosing to republicans
    down in polls 11 points in favorability just before the convention

    this guy obama should be 20 points ahead by now

    the media fed us yellow cake and back stabbed hillary
    and most ingrate democrats ate that yellow cake

    August 19, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
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