(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.
Who??? This is almost like American Idol....in reverse. Who can we find that is less known than me?
I'm from Virginia. Trust me, Kaine can't deliver this state (commonwealth). He only got elected due to the coat tails of Mark Warner. He doesn't do much other than spend time fighting with the House of Delegates, trying to double traffic tickets for VA drivers, and failing to get a metro deal to Dulles. Bad choice. Needs to be Hillary.
Take Kaine...He is a lousy governor who taxes his way to any problem. He can't even get the transportation nightmare fixed here in Virginia and has been so busy campaigning for NoBama Bin Ladden.
Please take Kaine!
Junction VA – please explain how Kaine has ruined the economy here, seeing as how we're ranked the number one state in the country to do business.
Biden gets BO NO votes.
Kaine gets BO NO votes.
A VP is picked for numbers only. He needs votes. We all know who is the only person that can get him votes.
I think he is a good guy.
CNN why are you moderating this.
Dedicated and long term Democrat about to jump ship and vote for McCain. The only thing that can save Obama at this point is Hillary. Clinton 2012! The Obama Kids have made a fine mess of this process.Unrealistic Idealism is what the Obama Kids are about – however I choose realism with a positive attitude over it any day. Clinton has what it takes to work hard to get results. McCain 08 – Obama is going down fast – The Obubble has burst.
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Take the idiot, we Virginian's don't want him anyway.
The MSM should stop acting like 2 year olds asking about Christmas in October. We will all know the VP choices soon enough.
I still say Kathleen Sebelius from Kansas or Nancy Pelosi would be the best VP choice. He needs a woman with leadership abilities and no major skeletons in the closet. Give Hillary the speaker position, and that takes Bill out of the equation all together. You have to get away from the experience mindset, as it reeks of the status quo DC politics. Just my thoughts, but I'm just one of the little people.
Oh good, somebody with less experience than Obama.
How obvious would it be if Obama picked Kaine that he's ONLY doing it for the chance to win Virginia.
Obama should choose Biden.
He needs an attack dog to tear into McCain/Bush and his other cronies.
Clinton would be abn attack dog too, but Biden would be better.
Kaine would be an excellent choice Obama....Hopefully he would help you carry Virginia..I do like that Powell idea, but I am not sure if America is ready for one black man, let alone 2.
Good vp coice also for Obama.Kaine will be a good fix if
he's the one.McCain needs to be shown that negative
campaign is not what voter want.
I hope they know how absurd McSame looks when he tries to paint
Obama as an elitist
Obama would have to go many years to catch up to the wealth the MCCains have
watch the great revealing show on MCSame and Obama by John King and suzanne Melville you will learn alot!!! excellent shows by both!!!
Senator Obama worked hard to get what he has in life so he can relate to the average american and their hardships
McCain has had wealth for years
I ask you in all fairness WHO is the elitist here…Certainly NOT Obama
funny, i thought hillary pledged to do everything in her power to get OBAMA elected. Where has she been, other than fundraiser's to squash her campaign debt and pushing to get her own name in nomination. Selfish much?!?!?!?!
The life McCain has led would put the average person in prison. Whoever heard of a respectful public figure married and living with his wife and files for a marriage license to another woman. McCain did it and further stated he doesn't know why he cheated on Carol.
All the people who are going to vote for McCain. We will see how funny this is when your son or daughter get drafted for the war in Iran. My son is only 6 so he will be ok but all of you who have kids over 18 will be less fortunate.
I am so NOT surprised by McCain's response to not knowing how many houses he owns. This is one filthy rich politician running an old-school filthy negative campaign financed by the filthy rich US oil industry, and if elected will do a filthy job of it.
I cannot for the life of me understand where he would get the stones to call Obama an elitist!?!?!? There is a spot on McCain's Mansions on youtube that shows just how many houses and how rich he is.
He's not my first choice, but I have to say, I'm liking his sense of humor coupled with his ability to speak back to Karl Rove, and not just speak back, but actually put the traitor in his place and identify his inadequacies along with that of the Republican Party.
Go Kaine, you have won me over.
Where is the coverage of the other candidates? Is CNN lazy, incompetent or biased? Both Obama and McCain and the rest of the demopublicains are a bunch of collectivist thugs.
I see that they have started closing out postings in a couple of articals at the 70' and 80's postings, that I think are more important than some of these. Doesn't seem like CNN wants anyone from the West to do any early commenting since we are 3 hrs different and not everyone is up at 4 or 5 AM
This guy seems like he and Obama would fit just great with their spending ideas.