Washington (CNN) - Don't expect an announcement this Saturday at the Democratic National Committee's winter meetings by DNC Chairman Tim Kaine on whether he'll run for the open Senate seat in Virginia.
DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan tells CNN that there's been no change in the timetable for the former Virginia governor to decide if he'll make a Senate bid. Earlier this month, after Democratic Sen. Jim Webb announced that he wouldn't run for re-election next year, the DNC said that Kaine would decide by early March.
Kaine spoke by phone with President Barack Obama last week about a potential Senate bid in Virginia. And the President told television station WWBT in Richmond, Virginia that he thinks Kaine "would be a great senator from Virginia if he chose to do that."
The conventional wisdom is that the White House is pressuring Kaine to run to keep the seat in party hands, but a source with knowledge of the situation tells CNN that the White House is giving Kaine space on this decision and that there's "no arm twisting at any level."
Webb's decision has left Virginia Democrats scrambling to find a strong candidate to run in his place. Former Sen. George Allen is hoping to recapture his seat, which he lost to Webb in the 2006 election, but must first survive a primary campaign against at least one conservative rival, Richmond-area Tea Party activist Jamie Radtke.
Kaine is by far the most prominent name on the roster of possible Democratic candidates – a list that also includes former Reps. Tom Perriello and Rick Boucher.
– CNN's Peter Hamby and Alex Mooney contributed to this report
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