August 21st, 2008
12:30 PM ET
6 years ago

VP tracking: Obama, Kaine meet

Obama and Kaine met privately Thursday.
Obama and Kaine met privately Thursday.

(CNN) - For those in the business of examining each of Barack Obama's moves for a potential hint of who will be named the Democratic VP, buzz circulated after the Illinois senator held a private meeting with Virginia Governor Tim Kaine and his staff Thursday morning.

Watch: Ed Henry on the Obama VP pick

Both men were mum on what was discussed, and Kaine - considered to be among those at the top of Obama's VP shortlist - wouldn't comment on whether he was offered the coveted position.

"I'm going to let the campaign speak for the campaign," Kaine said, and later refused to indicate whether he had been ruled out for the position. "He visited with my staff just to basically say hi to them and thank them for all their hard work."

Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the presumptive Democratic nominee also took a photo with Kaine's staff before the two headed to a campaign event in Chester, Virginia.


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soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. fella from Chicago

    CNN I know you're avoiding it by not posting my comments, but it has to get out there in a big way and let America choose if they still want this man as President or not. Whether you're Pro-Choice or Pro-Life I think all will concur that a baby born fully formed after 20-22 weeks and survives the birthing process has a right to receive medical treatment for a chance to live. Senator Obama said no and voted for this post birth abortion. It's on record and he still emphatically denies doing so. Check it out.

    August 21, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Nom Deplume

    To Eddie Blake,

    Sharia? Come on. That's facetious. Chavez socialism maybe, and Euro-socialism, definitely, but not Sharia.

    August 21, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Scott Burns

    Do you think there's a chance that Obama will win without having Hillary on the ticket?

    We're just a few short months before the election and I still have no clue what Obama stands for except a blanket word "change"...

    August 21, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. jason

    its kennedy.

    August 21, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Kiah

    You know I've always wondered, if HRC had won the nomination if her supporters would appreciate Obama supporters basically forcing him down her throats. Or IF they'd allow her to make her own decision and SUPPORT her regardless. Because I know my support wouldn't be on a CONTINGENT basis.

    Just a thought...

    August 21, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Jill in Chicago

    I laugh when people say they are sick of the Clintons, these people must have not purchased or sold a home during the Clinton era with amazing returns on investments, or enjoyed a robust economy with no national debt. McCain looked more presidential on the CNN profiles last night. It was men flying navy jets vs. boys playing basketball. I am suprised the CNN obama network would shine the light so favorably on McCain. War Hero vs. a troubled youth who used drugs. Left me stunned quite actually. I am sure Obama's college youth base was not tuned in.

    August 21, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I think Obama is a genuine and decent person but I don't think he can be a President because he lives in a dream world . I think the world is too far gone for someone like him to fix. We need someone who knows how to play the game and deal with the threats from other countries (they are not nice like Obama) it is a hard core world and experience and knowledge does count. He just doesn't have it. Too bad but it is the truth.

    August 21, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Charles

    "Worthless PUMA"...

    Good way to win over support for Obama... NOT!

    August 21, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. tim

    WOW WHO SAYS CNN IS A BUNCH OF LIBERALS. YOU GUYS ON HERE ARE REALY PROVEING THEM WRONG. IM JOKEING OF COURSE. WOW OBAMA HAS REALY BLOWN IT AS OF LATE I WOULD SAY ITS LIKE JOHN KERRY BLOWING IT BUT THATS RIGHT KERRY WAS DOING MUCH BETTER THEN OBAMA IT WOULD BE SO GREAT IF OBAMA PICKS THE MAN WHO SINGLE HANDEDLY CAUSED THE BIGGEST BANK COLLAPSE IN RECENT MEMORY. IT WILL FINISH THE OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT STUFF RIGHT THERE. TAKE A LOOK AT THE POLLS THEN RTAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR YOU SAD,SAD, LIBERALS

    August 21, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Scott Burns

    A.J. – I will second the vote for Madeline for VP.

    August 21, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Ll

    Chuck Hagel should be the VP. Obama could show us that he is really different and will put the people first by crossing party line for his VP.

    Obama/Hagel

    Don't know if the President will be Obama or McSame, but... thank God it won't be Hillary!

    August 21, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Not A selfish Hilliary Supporter

    You hilliary supporters are selfish, and aren't Americans... A REAL AMERICAN will embrace something new. American is not a DYNASTY..... so lets please get over yourselves and think about the next generation.......... and THE NEXT GENERATION IS WHO WE SHOULD BE FACTORING IN ..IN OUR DECISION FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT

    VA TURN BLUE 2008

    CNN POST THIS!!

    August 21, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Pete from NY

    What about the suggestion from Michael Moore, that Obama select Caroline Kennedy as his running mate. She has great name recognition and would come as someone from outside the system. Maybe the media should give some attention to this as a possibility.

    August 21, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Peggy Robson

    What difference does it make who the VP is, won't change the fact tha Obama is not experienced enough to lead our country...and if he has to have people around him to pick up his slack that just makes it worse. He needs to go back to his dirty Chicago politics and get some more skills. There is NO suitable candidate running now...this country will have to dig itself out of the muck and mire after these upcoming four years. I can't imagine how such powerful political parties couldn't even come up with viable candidates and leave us with McCain and Obama...seriously frightening.

    August 21, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Jano1234

    Dear Tim, Seattle:
    The reason PUMA lives, and you can't understand why we are against Obama when he and Hillary have the same stands, is because he is a inexperienced boob who has only 3-4 years in the senate. That is all. HE HAS NO EXPERIENCE AND IS EGOTISTICAL WITH THAT!! Hillary was run out by the DNC because they wanted a young, "ego man". Now, does that explain it?

    August 21, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Obama for President

    If Obama has to win he has to pick either one of the following 3:

    1st choice : Hillary (ignore Bill)
    2nd choice: Wesley Clark (will make McCain look small)
    3rd choice: Biden

    Bayh, Kaine or Sebelius does not do it for him

    August 21, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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