(CNN) – After giving a shout out to perceived vice presidential shortlister Sen. Joe Biden on Tuesday, Obama praised another leading contender, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, while campaigning Wednesday in the southern part of the state.
With former Virginia governor – and U.S. Senate candidate – Mark Warner at his side, Obama applauded the two governors for the worked they’ve done to make cars more fuel-efficient.
“We’ve got to partner with our governors to come up with these plans the way that Mark Warner did such a wonderful job when he was governor and the way that Tim Kaine is currently doing such a great job as governor of Virginia.”
Kaine and Biden are believed to be the frontrunners for Obama’s number 2 spot along with Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh. Further fueling speculation that Kaine could get the nod, the campaign announced that he will host a town hall with Obama Thursday in a Richmond suburb.
Obama was in Martinsville, Virginia Tuesday to discuss the economy and in addition to slamming former McCain economic advisor Sen. Phil Gramm’s infamous “mental recession” comments, Obama continued to tie the Arizona senator to President Bush.
“Let’s face it, he has a compelling biography, he is a POW, and so that’s what people kind of think about instead of focusing on the fact that he wants to continue the same economic policies that George Bush has been doing for the last 8 years,” said Obama. “So my job in this election is to say I honor his service but I don’t honor his policies and I don’t honor his politics.”