August 21st, 2008
09:53 AM ET
6 years ago

Kaine plays coy . . . again

Gov. Kaine campaigned for Sen. Obama in Leesburg, Virginia last week.
Gov. Kaine campaigned for Sen. Obama in Leesburg, Virginia last week.

(CNN) - As the veepstakes continue to dominate headlines, plenty of politicians have made it clear they’re not going to be on the Democratic ticket this fall. But with the final announcement perhaps just hours away, one of the men rumored to be at the top of Barack Obama’s VP shortlist declined a chance to clarify his own status.

Asked by CNN American Morning’s John Roberts whether the fact that he’d agreed to an interview at the height of the pre-announcement frenzy meant he would not be Obama’s running mate, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine demurred.

“You’ll just have to hear from the campaign, and they’ll make the announcement when [they’re] ready,” said Kaine.

Is Kaine still on the list? “I’ll go back to that answer,” said Kaine. “I’ll call that taking the fifth or something. Hear from the campaign, John. They’ll let us all know when they want to.”

Kaine also would not say whether or not he had been through the VP vetting process. “I’m going to stick with the first answer. It’s been flattering to be mentioned. My mom in Kansas City loves it when someone will talk about me as VP.”

Obama and Kaine are scheduled to campaign together in Virginia today.


Filed under: Tim Kaine • Veepstakes
soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. aware

    Obama is going to lose so get over it! :)

    August 21, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. People make no sense

    McWar needs to explain how he was dumb enough to get caught early in his military career, and spent a long war not fighting but being held captive. Wow what a hero. No guns blazing – shoot your way out of anything – defend America. Just tortured spilling your guts against America. Through diplomatic means, and his father power he was allowed to live. It's laughable that people consider him a hero and strong on war. He spent his time in captivity during war. Is that what he plans to teach us? He was flying a plane he was too dumb to know how to fly and got shot down. Maybe if he wasn't a C student he would have been able to learn the technics to manuever out of position and not get shot down. My grandfather flew endless hours fighting in the same war and he came back a *Real American Hero*.

    August 21, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. aware

    Give it up Kaine!

    Obama, the patronage candidate, lies and calls pro-life people liars when confronted with accountability! The "least of these" includes helpless babies Barack. Obama is despicable! :(

    McCain 08 and Hillary 2012! :)

    August 21, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Caroline

    In the words of Bill Maher,

    It would be so good if Obama "doubled down" with Colin Powell as VP!!!!

    No more boring white guys!!

    Landslide with Powell on the ticket. I can't imagine any other outcome.

    And Little Man McCain can retire to one of his many residences come November if he can remember where they are.

    August 21, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Jill American

    Alfred Hitchcock once said you can't build up an audience without the proper satifying release. The biggest mistake he made in a film was doing just that in a movie .. something about a kid and a bomb where after all the suspense the kids get killed.

    This could backfire on Obama ... building suspense and then picking someone where everyone goes ... who?

    August 21, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. VA Voter

    Come on you are missing it for the smoking mirrors. Obama needs to win Virginia. While Gov. Kaine may be the good choice the one he will pick is the former Gov. Warner. He was the most popular democratic governor in Virginia, and is still more popular today. It will be Mr. Warner, who will give up the chance at a senate seat to be VP.

    That then opens the door for another democrat to step into that position, with the money already built up behind them to win that election too.

    August 21, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Raymond Duke

    I am not a liberal but I will say Congressman Jones went against the democrat leadership committee and the black caucaus in the congress and stood by Clinton because she felt she was the best canidate. I have only the deepest respect for this woman because the blacks in congress got mad at her and the democrat leadership threaten to help get her defeated inher next race. All the black democrats like Clyburn of South Carolina gave her H@LL. She stood her ground to the end and was loyal to this country and did not put race ahead of the best for our country.

    August 21, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. hillybilly

    wesley clark will be campaigning in springfield illinois on saturday after accepting the offer of becoming the vice president of the united states.the rest are just decoys.great men and women .but they are decoys.if a hillybilly from arkansas can figure this out,why cant you high-falootin' reporters get it! smart ain't always edumacated.

    August 21, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Independant California

    god get a haircut, looks DO matter. He and Obama look horrible together. He looks like a chump, maybe thats what Obama wants.

    Hillary, it should have been you. Completely.

    August 21, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. NY Girl Ready for Change

    Kaine really does have strange hair.... like Friar Tuck got into an argument with a hairdryer

    August 21, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Paris

    Hay Obama how many hoses your # 1 fan has Oprah?

    Since when owning houses is a crime? We are not a socialist country remember, I know you would like to make us one.

    Try again Obama this one is pointless.

    John McCain the Leader we need.

    August 21, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Marc PDX

    Obama wants a running mate who is just like John McCain. Shall we call him McKaine? Funny!

    Obama/McKaine

    August 21, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Richard

    No Hillary! No Barack HUSSEIN Obama!

    No Hillary! No Barack HUSSEIN Obama!

    No Hillary! No Barack HUSSEIN Obama!

    August 21, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Ken

    Kaine is not a good choice for VP. He cannot help Obama's position. Only one person has the ability to help Obama when the White House, and we all know who that is, HILLARY CLINTON!

    If Obama wants to be our next President, then he truly needs to name Hillary Clinton as his VP choice. Otherwise, he is going down for the count!

    Better yet, the delegates need to change their votes and vote for Hillary Clinton, make her the nominee, then she can choose Obama to be her VP, then winning in November against McCain, would be a "slam dunk".

    August 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. SONGBIRD MCCAIN

    I agree. I don't trust McCain in the White House!

    ::::::::::::::::::::::INDEPENDENT VOTING OBAMA;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

    August 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Tony

    Enough already Obama.

    The more he acts like a 16 year old girl with a secret, the more he acts as if he has already won in November, the more I consider just sitting this election out and letting the chips fall where they may.

    Grow up Barack and announce the name already!

    August 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Tony

    Richard:

    Pull your republican head out of your backside man.

    Only a republican, especially after the last 8 years, would rather have an old, bitter, angry, hot-tempered, adulterer for president instead of someone who will end the war, start to reverse the historic damage to the economy, etc.

    So typical!

    August 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    I can't stand Harry Reid from Nevada," I flatly told my hometown paper, the Gazette in comments Thursday.

    I cannot now nor will never stand this back biting senator, Mr. Reid. The only one worse is Obama. Obama is risky and Reid doesn't understand heartland of the Mid West issues. He is stuck in a state of "legal prostitution, gambling and abortions." Yes that is what Harry Reid is all about in his state of Nevada or should we say sinstate.

    Remember Reid is a do nothing senator, and 'bama is a risky choice;. Both should be defeated because they gamble with our values and our country's security.

    August 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. The War Plan ....

    1st Term VP Colin Powell ... (with Joe Biden as a back up)

    2nd Term VP Kathleen Sebelius (who should be named to a cabinet position in the 1st term).

    Hillary Clinton as Secretary of Health & Human Serivices (allows her to achieve Universal Health Care and position for 2016 run).

    Result ... Obama wins in 2008, 2012. Two well qualified women on the tickent in 2016, 2020.

    August 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    McCain says he's doesn't disagree with the need to reinstate the draft to pursue bin Laden "to the gates of Hell," and not a word about it from CNN. How is this possible?

    Did anyone ask McCain or his staff to clarify? Is this just not that important a story? WHen did CNN quit the news business?

    August 21, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Paris:

    Eye agre won hunderd persent.

    Richard:

    I get it! His middle name is Hussein, right? McCain's middle name is Sidney. Some women are named Sydney. John McCain is a woman.

    August 21, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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