June 4th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
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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. joanne

    affluent supporter, I hope everyone reads your lines..........because they are true! it is amazing to see how many out there still dont understand the name of the game........

    June 4, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. J. Brooklyn


    I am happy that you joined the Republican ranks as of yesterday because you are no longer welcome in the Democratic Party. There are such stark differences between John McCain and Hillary Clinton that I still can not see how someone can go from Clinton to McCain. Obama and Clinton's policies are 95% the same.

    Go ahead and vote for McSame, but that just tells me that you never really stood by democratic ideals to begin with. As for McCain beating Barack in a debate, that is funny (ha, ha, ha). As he demonstrated last night he does not have the oratory skills for such a task. Hillary Clinton may have been a match for Obama in debates, but I have no doubt that he will clean the floor with John McSame.

    Obama/ ? O8

    June 4, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. AJ - TN

    Obama/Webb '08. That's the ticket. No, never, nadda to HRC!!!

    June 4, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. AZ602

    JimD said "

    Please describe just one, one single meaningful accomplishment of presidential stature by the most excellent Mr. Obama. Other than talking real sweet and dressing real pretty, that is.


    Let's start off by not only beating Hillary by playing by the rules they both agreed on in the beginning! He's also about unifying not only our party but also the wold!!! HELLO!!!! This was a contest, in every contest there's a winner and a loser, unfortunately for you Obama WON!!!

    And he will continue to win ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!

    June 4, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Ryan

    This is For DEBBY !

    I guess it's accurate that the clinton base is highly uneducated as I can tell you have no job or ambition and sit in front of your PC all day writing anti-Obama comments on every post. Maybe you should pull your hands out of the pickle jar, turn off Jerry Springer and and actually find some facts to back your empty claims.

    Anyways GO VOTE MCCAIN and shut up. You obviously are to bitter to see reality.


    June 4, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. amtFresno,CA

    Iam glad Obama does not need Hillary to win these states. He can win without Hillary. It's good he is campaigning there with these two prominent statesmen that can help him win in Nov. Congrats to Barack Obama, the next President of the U.S.

    June 4, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Connie Moore

    Having Sen. Clinton as a Vice President would create numerous problems for then President Obama. The underminding and back stabbing from her would never stop. Also, there is Bill. What do you do with him?

    The Clintons are always considered with what is good for "The Clintons".

    June 4, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Critical View

    When did Virginia vote for a Democratic ticket?

    June 4, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. joe smith

    the recent revolation of Northwestern University exploring the movement of cell phones and their obvious owners, while spacking at privacy issues; we were wondering, what government agency did Northwestern University solicit to receive their grant to pull off this little adventure, or was this a pork barrel stipend under the patriot act agenda of gw..

    June 4, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    Why can't anything anti-Obama get posted? He can not win in November, I and at least 30 more, are going to write Hillary on our ballots in November. That should not bother any of you Obama-bots you've said you don't need us and we sure don't want you guy. If our votes get McCain elected so be it.

    June 4, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |

    I will never vote for you you low life snake.You are truly the slim at the bottom of the barrel.

    June 4, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Don

    Hillary supporters for McCain:

    Who do you think you'd be hurting by voting for McCain?

    You'd be cutting off your nose to spite your face.

    Gimmee a break....

    June 4, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Cris

    Does anyone wish that the news media would leave this election along for JUST one day? Let us enjoy the mark that the US Democrats have made in the world. You must know that, yes, the world is watching. Instead of talking about Clinton you could be looking at all the bills that Obama actually wrote or supported while in the congress. I'll be even you would be amazed. You could be doing your job of telling us about this man who can bring 75, 000 people to hear him speak. You could be looking back into Illinois and see why he had over a million votes from his state. But instead....you go on and on and on about Hillary. Give us the news and quit trying to take Obama's task of choosing his own VP.

    June 4, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. wacko jacko

    Rezko/Sinclair '08

    June 4, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  15. DAN

    To hear Obama nuts you would think they're the majority when in fact Hillary has gotten 300,000 more votes counting caucuses too according to ABC news.. I guess you can call them the silent majority. It's going down to Denver that is the will of the majority the will of the people.

    June 4, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. Louise Olson, Washington State

    Thank you, CNN reporters, for finally shutting up Cafferty who has been so obviously biased against Sen. Clinton since the beginning. He needs to start showing some respect for the 18 million people who DO NOT SUPPORT HIS (CAFFERTY'S) OWN PERSONAL AGENDA!!

    June 4, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. park more

    Obama will loose no matter what... McCain will win......

    June 4, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Brian

    Woohoo go Obama!

    June 4, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Marc PDX

    I don't know which is the worst thing about Obama – lack of experience or questionable relationships. Both are cause for concern in a presidential candidate. He wasn't vetted by the media at all until Saturday Night Live pointed it out (jeez! what's this country coming to!). And his vetting is still lightweight at best. He is a catastrophic revelation waiting to happen – no one has really checked his closet still.

    Lack of Experience: it's like graduating from college and going to work for a major corporation. Then, after three years, feeling you're ready to be the CEO.

    Faulty Relationships: Wright, Ayers, Pfleger, Rezko. Any more coming? With friends like that is he really that nice of a guy?

    June 4, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. Shukri

    I was just thinking about how easily this could have went to Hillary's side...Just think about it...He won by just 200+ delegates. I mean, I would have been destroyed. I supported Obama since January of 07 when not many people knew who Obama was. I supported him because of the fact that he was different. I am from Somalia–and a half Kenyan man was running for the presidency of the United States of America–that was just amazing. This showed that America is really a land of opportunity. This could only happen in America. I believe in America's future because of Barack Obama. He has brought a love for America that I never knew I had.

    He has inspired me to believe that we are one people...In his speech last night he said, "We are Americans First." I totally felt that. I cried for so long and this is a moment that I will never forget.

    I can say that I am proud of the American people–I am proud of us for standing up for change and choosing a candidate that transcends race, transcends old politices. I love this country, and I love Americans.


    Obama's Biggest Supporter.


    June 4, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. Donna in Texas

    Can't wait till November so I can pull the lever for McCain and here is why...

    •We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
    •We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
    •We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
    •We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
    •We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
    •We have abused power and called it politics.
    •We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
    •We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
    •We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment

    June 4, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. We got you here OBAMA!!! -NorfolkVA

    Navy Veterans for Obama!!! We did it!! Our voices can actually be heard!!!

    We the People!!!


    June 4, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  23. Bob the FL

    Hillary supporters do not betray your candidate, stab her in the back and go against her saying that we must do everything to make sure republicans lose. This is our time, This is America's time to shine and, whether you call those advocacies of our candidate, speeches of hope and progress, or shams of false change you are a democrat and you agree with Hillary's issues and Obamas. As Democrats we as a nation united must rise up and transcend the negativity that has terribly affected the race for the highest position in the world and we must join, hand in hand to cast our votes TOGETHER for that candidate which best represents us. Thank you and god bless you


    June 4, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. boered1

    Why all the crying avbout how obama has not won? the delegate count shows he ahs, clinton said when one of the candidates hits the required delegate count the race will be decided. last night at a bout 10pm Eastern Time that occured. Sorry but the facts are there.. what is there for her to "think about"? How to lose with dignity or how to lose without dignity?

    BTW Clintonistaqs do the math (I know BAD word for you) after last nights votes, starting from hillariy's own outlandish numbers, obama is ahead in polpular votes by almost 2500 votes.. yep another bit of reality to interject in your delusional world

    M C

    June 4, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Robinhood

    Obamba won't get the vote in Tennessee. He is trying to become a centrist. He will fail and lose the election. the whole primary season was then for nothing.

    June 4, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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