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. Brian Knoxville, TN


    If we're going to devolve to quoting Pfleger ("there is a black man stealing my show"), then may I direct you to the only true thing that Pfleger said: "out of nowhere came Barack Obama."

    Obama came out of nowhere, all right. Other than giving pretty speeches and stroking the crowds to ecstatic climax, he doesn't have any experience whatsoever to be president of the United States.

    Obama will lose in Nov, and we will all be better off for it.

    McCain Democrat '08

    June 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Jerry in Fresno

    Obama's running mate: Wexler.

    June 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. People are you listening

    I going to post this here. From my observation, it seems the Obama supporters really want Hillary as the VP. Wait Wait Wait listen to what I am saying. A lot of posts read I used to like the dream ticket idea and many were holding on to it until last night. But Hillary's unwillingness to be gracious in defeat and total like of respect for the moment leaves you no alternative but to request he look elsewhere for a VP. But I still don't think it is too late. Just one concilliatory gesture from Hillary and a lot would be forgiven. That's my belief.

    June 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    if i were obama i would not take hillary for my vice president i would fear for my life the clintons are so vicious i hope he doesn,t. please tell him not to let her become vice president . Carter say s unity ticket would be worst mistake , he is so right .I would not trust them. this is my first time i have given an opinion

    June 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Uncle Sam

    What does Barack Obama believe?

    June 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Gov. Kaine is a smart guy. He saw something that was inspirational.

    June 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. fairandstraight


    I really pray the Sen. Obama will not select Sen. Clinton as his running mate. Listening to her speech last night, I think his life would be in danger to have her only a heartbeat away from being president.

    June 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. angelitA

    Nominee chosen based on the media hype, guilt, a fear of backlash from the Black community, and a jacked up Florida and Michigan primary. Neither front runners (Obama nor McCain) will get my vote. Sitting this fiasco out come November. One voice, no vote.

    It's now time to call the spade a spade.

    Just being Black in
    New York

    June 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Feron

    You heard it here first. Surprise of the year...

    Obama/Warner 2008

    June 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    June 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Brian Knoxville, TN


    McCain is a moderate Republican with a proven record of bucking his party's leadership. He takes $0 in earmarks for Arizona. He is qualified for the office and would be a competent leader. I can't say the same for Obama.

    Sorry, but McCain is not Bush (I know how easily you Obama fans fall for pretty rhetoric and slogans) and a McCain administration would not be a nightmare.

    McCain Democrat '08

    June 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. texas outlaw

    Carter should stick with peanuts!
    Carter thinks it would be better for Obama to slap 18million voters in the face then it would to really unify the party. What better way to show how to unify then teaming with someone that has been your rival.
    He acts like Hillary has more weaknessis then anyone else Obama could pick. He just doesn't want Obama's spotlight dimmed.
    This is supposed to be about the peoples will not personal agendas.
    It's not about Obam or Clinton its about the voters. 18 million democrates approve of Hillary Clinton. How many do you thinks will approve of any onther running mate he could choose.

    June 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Uncle Fester

    He's a moron.

    McCain Democrat

    That's an oxymoron (emphasis on the "moron")

    June 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Debbie,NJ

    I hope Obama comes to NJ. or Philly. NJ voted for Hillary so did PA. Now that people know who he is, and we know who she really is, we will come out and support him. Please come to NJ or Philly.

    June 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. algoabob

    I hope EVERY democrat gets behind OUR canidate to work towards OUR goals.There was not that much difference between the goals of either canidate and that should make easy to rally behind our canidate

    June 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Franky

    Comparing my boy to President Bush, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    You've asked for one, just ONE presidential thing he has done.

    I can't give it to you. But... neither can Hillary. She, like Obama has done nothing as a president.

    June 4, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. slim

    All right Warner, and Kaine way to go! These guys are auditioning for VP.

    Obama and VP ? 2008!!

    June 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Impressed

    WOW. But of these men would be excellent VP choices. Throw in Gov Kathleen Sebilius.

    June 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Ken

    This is just another reason that if Obama wants to win in November, that he will need to have Hillary Clinton in the ticket as his VP, otherwise, he alone CANNOT beat McCain alone or with any other VP.

    I am one of those supporters that unless Hillary Clinton is on the ticket, I will either write Hillary Clinton's name as a write-in, vote for McCain or just not vote!

    If Obama is smart, he will offer the VP to Hillary Clinton and together, it will be a ticket that NO one will e able to beat.

    Hillary Clinton as VP 2008

    June 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Patricia

    Everyone knows that Clinton is out, except for Clinton!! Please, let us all get behind the fairly elected democratic candidate for 2008.

    June 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Bruce Wexler



    June 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. ReElectNoOne

    Rush was Hillarious' most sucessful campigner for her in TX and Al.

    Her payback will be in Trailer Trash Alley- western PA W. Virginia & part of Kentucky. She may try to hurt Barrack in Michigan but it want work this time. She needs to find out he will be on the ballott there.

    Barrack in 2008, 2112 and Hillarious will be a forgotten part of history in 2016.

    June 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Victoria

    @Brian Knoxville, TN

    That's right. It's not America and he doesn't have the right to run for president. Snap out of it man!

    June 4, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Alfredo

    Now we know who are tillary's traitors!

    Way to go President Hillary!!!

    June 4, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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