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. Chi4Obama

    TO "Jim D June 4th, 2008 4:25 pm ET

    Just a "few" of Obama's accomplishments:

    1) the HOPE Act, which increased Pell Grants to $5100

    2) S.Amdt.390 to H.R.1268 – To provide meal and telephone benefits for members of the Armed Forces who are recuperating from injuries incurred on active duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom.

    3) S. Amdt 41 to S. 1 To require lobbyists to disclose the candidates, leadership PACs, or political parties for whom they collect or arrange contributions, and the aggregate amount of the contributions collected or arranged

    4) S.Amdt.670 to H.R.3 – To provide for Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) refueling capability at new and existing refueling station facilities to promote energy security and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
    So what are some of McCain's accomplishments (other than voting against the MLK Holiday as an AZ senator)?

    June 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. David H

    I hope he doesn't pick her as veep. I voted for her, but they are too much unalike. She did win 49% of the vote and that's why its hard to walk away to from them and hand it over to the guy that won 51%. Was it historic? Of course!! Either way it would've been. By the time the weekend talkshows roll around HRC will have conceded the nomination to Obama.

    June 4, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Uncle Fester,

    Obama is a moron.

    You might remember that Reagan Democrats voted for him twice in '80 and '84, and McCain is even more moderate than was Reagan.

    Obama is just an unknown, inexperienced and unqualified puppet with a silver tongue.

    Democrat for qualified leadership in the White House!

    McCain '08

    June 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. jd

    Obama 's gracious speech showed that he has the dignity and fortitude to lead. Hillary could have tried more graciousness herself.

    June 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Daivd

    It is typical a woman's decision. May be this is the reason why she fails.

    June 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Chuck

    Folks, dont belive all u see here on the blogs. There are a lot of Republicans that pretend to be Clinton backers and try to spread HATE so that democrats stay divided.A cowardly act i must say! They need to join sensible Republicans that are ready to move the country foward and support the Democratic nominee.

    Also there are a lot of non-Americans too who for some bizzare reason want to see our country in dissarray........So pls be wise as u read and interprete the bloggers.

    Democratic Party 08/12 and 4ever....

    June 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |

    What's up with Jim Webb? People keep suggesting that he should be a VP candidate. Is this a strategy to get Obama to consider him before he endorses? Kind of Clinton like don't you think?

    June 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Mark Warner? Well there's a thought. He was Tim Kaine's predecessor and mentor and was widely rumored to be considering his own run for the White House. Don't know much about him, though.

    Now Bill Richardson, there's a guy with all the qualifications and qualities to be a real help to Obama in the White House.

    June 4, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Perla

    "McCain Democrat" is an oxymoron.

    June 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Chi4Obama

    Just add VA to the growing list of traditional Republican states that will go "Blue" in the fall.

    Democrats Forever.

    June 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |

    Hillary Dems, don't write Hillary in. That's just not enough. You need to vote McCain... Everyone now:


    I don't know how you Obama supporters think he can win. He only insulted the backbone of America, all of us hard working, small town voters.

    Hillary Dems for McCain!

    Not just women leaving the party, b/c I'm a man

    June 4, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    to a foolish "McCain Democrat"

    Obviously you are not mature enough to realize that sometimes people do not get their first choice of a candidate. If you truly want to honor Senator Clinton, then grant her 2nd wish: a Democrat in the White House!

    Any McCain Democrat will be voting for endless war, recession that may deepen into depression, no health care, rollbacks of women's rights and civil rights. Do you want another activist conservative judge on the Supreme Court?

    McCain voted with Bush over 90% of the time last year alone – not to
    mention his votes against American veterans.

    If you want to throw a temper tantrum, go ahead but don't punish your country by voting for McCain.

    June 4, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Bob

    Webb is holding out until after his meeting with the VP selection committee.

    June 4, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. Eli

    I dont care who is on the trail with him. I will not vote for him plain and simple. I will never have to apologize for voting for him.

    June 4, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. JJ

    Joel-Minnesota, You go boy!!!! You couldn't of said it any better!!!.

    June 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. brian

    we need to unite behind the big O in o8

    June 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. Donovan

    hillary has not cenceded,

    How does this play in Obama's message of change? How can Obama win the Hearts and Minds of our adversaries IF he can
    not get Hillary a member of his own Party and Her followers to
    endorse Him?

    Obama needs to focus on Consolidating his Party and must first address Clintons unwaivering support.

    June 4, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. HNIC

    Please show Hillary the door. PLEASE!!!

    June 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Democrats Unite Against 3rd Bush Term

    This is how you win a general election!

    This guy will accomplish more in the next month than McSame has accomplished in the 3months since he secured the nomination...

    If McSame thinks he can beat Obama by running his mouth about experience and national security BS, he hasn't learnt a thing from Hillary's defeat... You CANNOT underestimate the biggest phenom in politics since Kennedy... You just can't McSame...

    Obama 2008

    June 4, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Mike

    Good luck, I am a democrat that is voting for McCain.

    June 4, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. kr

    Let me reiterate.

    No Hillary No vote for OBAMA!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. samatha

    The future of the Democratic party is looking good ,young, strong and intelligent.

    All hail Obama!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. 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 orgasmic rhetoric and slogans) and a McCain administration would not be a nightmare.

    McCain Democrat '08

    June 4, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. JAZZ

    Wait until the Christian Coalition in Falwell's home state of Virginia realizes the inevitable president coupled with a leftist democratic congress could mean the removal of the name "GOD" from the pledge of allegiance, the money, government papers etc. He'll need Warner, Kaine and a hundred more to stump for him.

    June 4, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. Veronica,nj

    Yes Debbie!!i hope he comes back to nj...I voted for Obama in the primaries here in jersey.I also went to the Izod center to see him..He is amazing!

    June 4, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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