June 4th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Warner and Kaine to campaign with Obama in Virginia

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama will kick off his general election campaign in the purple state of Virginia on Thursday – and two of the state’s most prominent Democrats, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, will be along for the ride.

Another high-profile Virginia Democrat, Sen. Jim Webb, is remaining mum on whether he will appear with Obama tomorrow, even though the newly minted nominee has scheduled an event in rural southwest Virginia, his home turf. Webb has yet to endorse a candidate.

Warner, the popular former governor who is now the frontrunner for the Senate seat left vacant by retiring Sen. John Warner, will campaign with Obama tomorrow in the city of Bristol, just over the Tennessee border. Warner was elected governor of Virginia in 2001 partly because he worked to win over rural voters in the southwestern part of the state, the very place Obama will campaign tomorrow.

Obama won the state’s primary handily on February 12, but he lost overwhelmingly to Hillary Clinton in the state’s rural Ninth Congressional District by 33 points, the first hints of a pattern of vulnerability among white, working-class voters that continued to nag him throughout later primary states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Gov. Kaine will appear briefly with Obama tomorrow evening at a rally in Manassas. The event will take place at Nissan Pavilion, a 25,000-seat concert venue in Manassas that in recent weeks has hosted acts like Radiohead and Kanye West.

Kaine has been one of Obama’s most ardent backers, and was one of the first prominent Democratic leaders to endorse the Illinois senator’s presidential bid in 2007.


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soundoff (346 Responses)
  1. Informed voter from florida

    God himself can't help Obama win this thing. The truth about Obama will come out eventually.

    June 4, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Harry C

    Janey God I feel sorry for you if you think Ms Clinton was the best candidate.. WOW! What stump are you sitting on???

    June 4, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Nitemare

    McCain will be next President thanks to all the people that was afraid of what might happen if they didnt let Obama be the nominee...such as the protest and riots that would had happen...after all they had Jessie Jackson on right away last nite

    June 4, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Dissapointed

    Hillary supporters...only the ones who are threatening to vote for McCain...take your threats and vote for McCain...who do you think your intimidating...We will win inspite of your pathetic threats...

    It's borderline childish..."waah waah, if you don't pick our candidate, we'll vote for McCain, waah waah."

    PATHETIC...PATHETIC...PATHETIC

    June 4, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. DIANE/GA.

    I find it shocking...that hillary clinton is trying to strong hold obama...we need CHANGE not another clinton in the white house...enough with the fear tactics. abount the democratic ticket......OBAMA does not need clinton on the ticket...to win ...the party will unite

    p.s. no one considered that she is just lingering for further contributions to help pay her campaign debt.

    June 4, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Tracy

    Hillary go away already... DANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. B, New Jersey

    Brian in Knoxville:

    I suppose no one should have run against Hillary, then? What would that have been like? You blame Barack for just running? And having the Audacity to win? Dang.

    Hope begets Action begets Change.

    June 4, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. Mariann Pepitone

    s.boat: Where did you hear that story about Hillary"s supporters? Her supporters are waiting to hear from hear on what steps she is going to take now. If she is not on the ticket they will definately not vote at all or vote for McCain. That has been all over the internet. What have you been reading. I don't care who is going to campaign with Obama they do not know the first thing about running the country or foreign policy. Hillary has been to several countries and knows the ins and outs. She can also make or break Obama right now by declaring herself as an independent on the ballot. The would split the democrats and who cares. I am a democrat voting for McCain if Hillary is not on the ticket and I am advising all my friends to do the same.

    June 4, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. Barbara

    Obama, I know that you are a very, very bright man, please do not
    pick Sen. Hillary Clinton for your VP. Its like putting water into hot oil.
    In her mind (only) she is a scorned woman. The sad thing about that is, she did it to herself. You are for change, she is the worst of the publitity correct. She cannot except being #2 to a black man period.

    Everybody is seeing her now for what she really is all about. You can do it, YES YOU CAN/

    June 4, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. Barbara

    Barack, please don't pick Hillary.

    I too have lost all respect for the entire Clinton family.

    The Clinton's have called Barack everything but the "N" word in public.

    June 4, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Scoreboard

    Janey,

    It is obvious you are not smart. You obviously voted for Hillary on the sole purpose of backing a woman no matter how wretched a candidate she was, and now are backing her would be opponent because you are a sore loser. At the end of the day, Hillary is dominating the news not because of what she's done, but because of whagt she hasn't. She has run such a distasteful campaign that the media is waiting for her to undermine Obama for a chance to lose again in 2012.

    June 4, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. Margaret

    I've been reading the same thing on ever blog from Clinton supporters who say they will not vote for Obama. That's your right, but I just need to say this...Obama did not 'steal' the nomination, he won it. FL & MI broke the rules but they still got a pretty good deal (those 4 delegates in question would not make a difference), also, Clinton DID NOT WIN the popular vote, in fact it was nearly a tie!! Obama also got over 18 million votes...everyone made their choice, please respect the fact that Obama won, fair and square...Senator Clinton is making herself look bad but being a sore loser.

    God bless America, Democrats in '08

    June 4, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. tracker

    You people still don't get it...OBAMA will not become president no matter who campaigns for him....Hillary won the popular vote But Again it isn't the vote that counts...As far as the Kennedy's go who made them god??? I am sick of hearing who backed Obama..Lets see Uncle Teddy( a want-a-be president), Caroline,( because uncle Teddy ask) ( Dean (after his run he shouldn't be backing anyone we still hear his scream) Kerry ( what happened to his run??( I hear he is making Ketchup now) Richardson,(better hope he can get a job with Obama he will not be voted in again) Carter what a great president he was( NOT he is selling peanuts now) I can go on and on but you people are to stupid to hear the truth..We are hoping Hillary runs in depended so she can take the vote from Obama and McCain...She can do it without a doubt....We will not vote for Obama no matter what Hillary does We Can Not Stand Him....If i were Hillary I wouldn't give a concession speech either...OBAMA is the real loser here along with the democratic party.....No Hillary no WHITE HOUSE..Lets see if this gets posted with all the free press Obama got and this is against him I doubt it......

    June 4, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. tyrik

    I don't see how Sen. Obama could put Sen. Clinton on the ticket with him after the way she attacked him in this primary season. First she said that he isn't even qualified to be president, then she says that she would accept the vp position. That just shows me that this race for her was about her and not the party or the voters. She won't even acknowledge the fact that she lost. In her speech she said that she want the 18 million voters that voted for her to be heard and not invisible anymore. But when Obama was winning all those primaries she basically said that those voters did not matter because " those were just small states". Please don't pick her as vp.

    June 4, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. jimmy velman

    fORGET ABOUT OBAMA'S SHORT LIST ABOUT WHICH HE SAID hILLARCLINTON WOULD BE IN ANYBODY'S SHORT LIST.
    YOU CAN ALSO ERASE hILLARY'S NAME ON THAT OBAMA SHORT LIST. BECAUSE NOW OBAMA HAS FORMED WHAT HE CALLS A VP SEARCH TEAM MADE UP OF (OF COURSE ANTI-CLINTON SUPPORTERS OF OBAMA.)
    AMERICANS CAN SEE THRU THIS FARCE . HILLARY IS OUT OF THE RUNNING FOR VP ON OBAMA'S TICKET.
    THANKFULLY ,HILLARY HAS BEEN SMART AND LOYAL AND CONCERNED FOR HER 18 MILLION SUPPORTERS AND ASK FOR THERI ADVICE.

    June 4, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. noemi of reason, latina for obama!

    please go to hillary's website and submit a comment: ask her to drop her insistece for power. she cannot be our vp after all she did against our party.

    thanks!

    June 4, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Maureen

    Whoever stops fighting first, always looses. Why on earth should Senator Clinton concede? This great country is about giving everyone a chance and she should fight until she is ready to stop!

    There is something wrong with a person who urges someone to give up. If that is what YOU were urging Clinton to do then you should reexamine how you live your own life – are YOU a quitter when you believe in something?

    June 4, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. Bob

    To Jim D,
    If experience counts for something, then its experience fault, that this countries in the mess that its in. Lack of experience doesn't mean one doesn't have the know how. Question, on your job ,do you do a better job than some of the ones who have more experience or longevity? If yes, see what I mean!1

    June 4, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. jimmy velman

    COLIN POWELL IS A LOYAL REPUBLICAN : DATING FROM PREZ
    REAGAN , THE ELDER BUSH AND NOW HOPEFULLY TO MCCAIN.
    A MCCAIN-POWELL REPUBLICAN TICKET IS WHAT THE REPUBLICANS NEED.. COLIN POWELL SHOULD NOT AND CANNOT HEED THE CALL FROM MCCAIN FOR VP RUNNING MATE.

    June 4, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Who does "Hill" think she is? Hers has become the most self-serving campaign I have ever seen (and I'm a 60 year old woman). She needs to "woman-up" and let the presumptive candidate find a VP on his own terms. She could do this gracefully by encouraging her supporters to back off but just do it!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Bob

    I would like to see a ticket of Obama/Powell.

    June 4, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. jimmy velman

    i MEANT COLIN POWELL CANNOT REFUSE TO HEED THE CALL TO BE MCCAIN'S RUNNING MATE...BEING A LOYAL REPUBLICAN TO THE CORE.

    June 4, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. Jonelle JerramParker

    Mine was the "Who does Hill think she is comment" just sent without my name and address – sorry!

    June 4, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Obama08 but...

    If he puts Hillary on the ticket, he'll be basically going against everything he has ever said about changing Washington and I won't vote for him if the Clintons are anywhere in his radar. I thought that was the whole point of HIM being the nominee, not her!

    June 4, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. chuckd

    Hey Brian & Lucy how about a little respect, Sen Obama won the contest fair and square. We all know that you both are republican voters trying to disrupt the democratic primary. You both had no intention of voting for Clinton or Obama.

    Your work is done the party is split, you can go back to GOP now.

    Go home where you belong, see you both in November.

    June 4, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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