June 4th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
15 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. Nirak

    Emotions are running high on both sides. being it either on the side of the Sen Obama's or Sen. Clinton's supporters. If you are in your heart a true DEMOCRAT and believe in the priciples of the Democratic Party, please remember: UNITED WE WIN – DIVIDED WE FAIL ... the United States.

    June 4, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. Paul - Seattle

    Hillary supporters need to be careful with their votes come November. Voting for McCain will be a slap in Hillary's face because it will go against everything she stood for in this campaign. Similarly, if they choose to write Hillary in, and Obama loses a close race, she will go down in history as the Ralph Nader of the 2008 election, and she will be remembered for potentially keeping the first African American from becoming president. In either case she will be remembered by history as a candidate that put herself before the party and helped the Republicans keep the presidency after 8 years of the WORST administration in history.

    I understand the emotion, she ran a tough campaign and she was a great candidate. But it's time to think with our heads and not our hearts. A McCain presidency could mean the end of Roe v. Wade, a continuation of an unjust war in Iraq, and continued damage to the long term health of our economy and our country. Please consider the issues when you vote, not just the candidates.

    OBAMA '08!!!

    June 4, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Keifer S.

    Obama won the popular vote too. Don't buy into Hillary's lies. She's counting full Michigan and Florida and excluding all the caucuses. She's a goal-post mover, always has been. No more Hillary, no more Bill, NO MORE LIES!

    June 4, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. kentucky

    Eightteen million Hill supporters don't like reading this crap. No wonder so many are going to vote for McCain. You people are SORE winners and the media's protection of Obama is sickening. Go McCain.

    June 4, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. Ann Romero

    Obama do not pick Tim Kane or Jim Webb, the worst of all the bunch perhaps John Warner would do and the top of the short list is Hillary Clinton, the best of all.

    June 4, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. Venus

    Way to go! Let's get this show on the road to the White House Obama!

    June 4, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. College Dem

    Obama will actually be campaigning in the town of Bristow, in Northern Virginia, not Bristol, which is in the southwestern part of the state.

    June 4, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. Anthony

    I'm from Arizona, and I can't stand McCain. I really do hope Obama comes out on top. Clinton supports need to think with their brains and not their emotions. McCain would be a huge mistake for our country.

    ☺ GO OBAMA! ♪♫

    June 4, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. Ann Romero

    Jim Webb is a explosion of pure selfishness and Kane wants to take advantage of the coat tails of John Warner, which can not do type of attitude. Who wants these white guys anyhow?
    Kane plans to tax virginia americans.

    June 4, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. me votin man

    mr. uncle sam,
    Obama believes in God , Jesus Christ , the son of God . you know that. every body knows that. Even John McCain and Hillary Clinton KNOW that. do not pretend you do not know that. also for records he is an AMERICAN , just an American , just as you and I and everybody else who is an American.
    we are all proud of our ethnic heritage , but when it comes to America's business , we are not Euro-Americans , Japanese -Americans , African -Americans etc , JUST AMERICANs. he represents every American. please do not try to steriotype him as an African American to seperate him from the rest of us. He is an American , a christian American , if it makes you feel good.

    June 4, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. College Dem

    Nevermind, turns out he'll be in both places.

    June 4, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. Leslie

    I am ashame of how women in this country are behaving because Hillary did nto win. The sad thing is if she jumps off a cliff, I think some of them will too. No one person will ever have that much power over me, and yes I am a woman with a purpose in life. The Clintons have done alot of good and bad things, and sometimes it comes with a price. I am sure she has paved the way for other women and one day we will have our moment.

    June 4, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Joy

    I hope as smart as Obama is that he won't let he Clinton Clowns push Him to select the pair of them.He would need extra body guards and a food taster to travel with him at all times .She will only bring down a good thing he has going . Joy

    June 4, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. Independent

    Can everyone please stop the freakin hate against hillary? Im an ardent Obama supporter but people that say "QUEEN HILLARY IS FINALLY DOWN," and "NO HILLARY, NO HILLARY, WE HATE HILLARY" are JUST as bad as the crazy hillary supporters that cheer on the old, pro-war, anti-abortion, double talking McCain because they just feel like whining,

    Hillary has run a VERY good campaign and atleast deserves respect. Yes, she lost, but she CAME CLOSE.

    I ask all Obama supporters to give Hillary the respect she deserves-which is a lot. It has been a shakey road but hillary is a very smart person and will eventually do what is right

    June 4, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. Aaron

    i particually like webb or the democratic leader in the senate to be vp but i have the upmost confidence obama and his campaign will pick the best one...

    for all the hillary supporter that are sore.. and willing to vote for mccain..vote in your economical interest... mc cain even admits he dosent know anything about the economy...

    i'm not rich..i can see people hurting...i'm hurting...and at the end of the day.. it dosen't matter if u like the guy..or not.. it matters what they can do for you...

    Strong Obama supporter Here..(white guy..served in the usmc 4 years..2 tours of iraq)

    Obama makes me proud to be an american..

    June 4, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. Mariann Pepitone

    Paul: This has been a dog eat dog campaign, the DNC did an injustice to Hillary so why shouldn't she strike back. Furthermore who cares if he is half African-American and half white meaning what he really is MULATTO. And Hillary should think of herself not the DNC because they deserve what they get for turning their back on her and endorsing Obama when they knew her long before him. Running as an independent would do justice for herself forget the democrats. He went behind the scenes to grant favors to the superdelegates if they would vote for him. He is crooked and underhanded like Rezko and learn that from him.

    June 4, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. DC Kansas city

    It's time to move forward, Obama has shown you a new way to lead and a new way to get individuals to take part in government. It's time to start anew, Obama can and will lead us to a new way of living and becoming better people> It was a great race and now is time for us to show the world how we can and will become the new leaders of the world, once more where everyone wants to live.

    June 4, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Jerry, Florida

    You can campaign all you want. However, it will be very difficult to reconcile the rift within the Democratic Party. I for one will not vote for Senator Obama. Though, I have been a life-long Democrat.

    The senator and his feel-good supporters have a lot of work ahead of themselves. I urge all disenfranchised democrats to register their displeasure with the Party. If we have not been respected by Senator Obama, his campaign, or worst, by the DNC, Pelosi, Kennedy, Edwards, Kerry, etc., etc., why should we continue to be lead like unimportant/ineffective voters?

    Some of us will never forgive or forget the injustice that has been committed against Senator Clinton by elected officials throughout the nation as well as the flunkies at the DNC.

    Donna Brazile, neutral, give ME a break! Our intelligence has been insulted enough.

    People, we the voters WILL have the last word!

    June 4, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Tejano

    Now for the main event. Those of you who believe that Barak has the votes to be elected in November will be sadly disappointed. Not everyone buys into his charm. He has no substance and will not win over the people who really vote in this country. What you will see in November is the same group of people that beat McGovern in 72 and will not allow the Marxists to control our country.

    June 4, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. Billiam the Kid

    Brisn from Knoxville, thats just a stupid statement. Lol....

    June 4, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. TonyinKentucky

    "If tables were turned, Obama backers would be reacting a lot worse."


    Obama supporters have consistently polled that they would support Clinton and indeed any Democrat in November. It has been Senator Clinton's fans (many have gone way past supporters), who have railed against the rules in place that all candidates agreed to. It has been Senator Clinton's fans, who have been spreading Hillary's "new math".
    It has been the Clinton campaign that has sworn to leave the party to vote against their own interests out of spite, irrational fear based on God knows what, or using the nonsensical excuse of experience when no candidate has the Executive experience of a corner store manager and with their candidate having the least time in office of the available options.

    The truth is that many Hillary backers are behaving poorly and selfishly, thinking NOTHING of their children or our nation and are making excuses for their tantrum. There is ZERO evidence that Obama supporters would be acting the same way but it's a good fable to help your self sleep at night.

    June 4, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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