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. JJ

    The democrats did everthing to ensure obamas nomination. All undecided and edwards votes going to him. Giving him more delegates in states he lost like Texas and Nevada...more delegates than he deserved in Mich...since HE chose not to be on the ballot. Montana was annouced he had won when 0-2% of the vote was in. In my early years i register Republician...than about 15 year changed to Democrat now with the treatment they have given the Clintons the only pres. to get this country out of debt and have a surplus of money shown me the only thing fellow democrats want in office is what the Rep had the last 8 years a puppet to make profit off of including the puppet itself...I will now register indep or Green party I rather be in a party with no or little hope of becoming President than having no hope within a Party YOU WANT TRUE CHANGE LIKE OBAMA PREACHES THAN GET OUT OF THE TWO PARTY JOKE

    June 4, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. jess

    Wake up Obama cult lovers. Obama is just like every other politician. He is feathering his own nest at our expense! You get what you deserve!!

    June 4, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Gwen T

    It's great to see that so many of us seeks unity amongst the party. We need to lift both candidates up in our prayers. They both did an excellent job and either one would have served the party well.

    Democrats in 2008

    June 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. KE

    Why the Democrats lose all the time?
    Becasuse they count their chickens before they hatch?

    June 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Rick

    jd – Hillary and graciousness, when in the same sentence, is an incorrect usage of the English language

    June 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. p1tey1

    I was VERY disappointed with Hillary Clinton's speech last night. She had an opportunity to speak to women about the significance of her groundbreaking campaign and heal some of the party's wounds, but instead she turned it into another opportunity to act like a child. She lost, fair and square. She could have brought the house DOWN if she had the right speech, but now her accomplishment will be tarnished because she is more concerned with winning than she is for women or the country!

    June 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Kenneth of Minneapolis (KW)

    For anyone who does not want to vote for Mr. Obama because Mrs. Clinton did not get the nomination, go ahead, and vote for who you want to. We still have to put democrats in the senate and the house this fall

    I always thought a vote was a private, personal matter. Why do you want to broadcast your vote?

    For argument sake, if Senator Obama loses in November, we will remember how Senator Clinton acted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008.

    Congratulations Mr. Obama. You ran a good campaign.

    Congratulations Mrs. Clinton for being a gracious runner-up and putting the good of the party above your ambitions. You are a great role model for hardworking people who play by the rules. You have set a perfect example on how to accept defeat with honor. You are a model for unselfishness. I"m proud of you Mrs. Clinton!


    June 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. Fruitcake Hillary

    Out with the old
    In with the new
    The V.P. office job
    Hillary is not for you

    We voted for hope
    We voted for change
    Are so fed up with
    Mc Cintons McBushes McShames

    They think they own
    Highest office in our land
    But the news is now out
    Its bedammed if they can

    At aprox.high noon
    On June 3rd 2008
    We sent them to green pasture
    Its time to related

    Congratulations Obama
    You are the one
    With Michell by your side
    We are happy you won.

    The economy is sinking
    Oil has hit the moon
    Iraq war is unending
    With Obama we will be out soon.

    June 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Growns Up Finally Taking Charge

    Well whatever the drama being played out on the other side of the fence, it's clear to me that Sen. Obama isn't coming to a dead stop to cater to a wounded ego when he has a party to help unify, energize and get prepared for the GE in November. He doesn't have time for hostage games period because believe it or not this party just about Hillary or her supporters.

    Will Obama due everything to embrace them into the fold as they spit in his eye and continue to throw tantrums under the guise of moral superiority and/or outrage? Of course. That's who he is. But make no mistake...he spoke about WE last night not I and that means he works for a whole lot of other people who do appreciate and support his efforts and are willing to make a difference that benefits us all. Carry on next POTUS!!

    June 4, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. aware

    End the misogyny! There is no need for Hillary to rush her decision, and if you want any of her supporters to go to Obama, you need to show some respect!

    We have more to worry about with an extreme left biracial presumptive nominee who has marinated in a Black Liberation Theology church under racist sermons for decades and who has very poor judgment in his selection of close friends. 🙁

    Disillusioned Dems unite for McCain! Obama is the real Bush third term. Not all change is good – especially the change from far right to far left. Extreme = Extreme so Obama = Bush! 🙁

    June 4, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. rw in ct

    How about Caroline Kennedy choosing herself for Obama VP. Sure her choices (be herself or others) would resonate with working women. Yep, some one living off a trust, never having to work for a living. I guess with Teddy still recuperating (and as disappointed as I am in him, I support his liberal policies and wish him the best) Caroline would fill in nicely, even if just as an empty Kennedy token.

    June 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. Mike

    Hey Obama,

    Your 20 year friend Rezko was just found guilty of some counts. Funny how you admitted knowing he was a slumlord con and still did business with him.

    Why are you the nominee?

    June 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |

    Obama is great for our Country. It is time for us to back him all the way to the White House. Just watch, all of the people that Obama chooses
    for his Cabinet will be a great team. I trust him. I am glad that
    Carolyn Kennedy is involved.

    I was so sad to hear about Ted Kennedy. The family is in my thoughts
    and prayers as they have always been. I love the Kennedys.

    Obama, or be fooled by McCain. Town Hall Meetings, No McGimmicks! I don't think he gets to call all the shots and have
    the campaign go his way just because he will get free press and
    has no money to campaign like Obama drawing crowds of 75,000
    people!!!!!! If I was McGimmick, I would want free coverage and
    "town hall meetings with no Gimmicks too!

    Obama has had to put up with Hillary demanding debate after
    debate and when it became too many, and Obama hesitated,
    Hillary made Obama look bad. She actually "set up" Obama on
    the last "horrible, make Hillary look good, debate." I think Obama
    can be trusted to make his own decisions about how He wants
    to campaign and let the phony grin on McGimmicks face for the
    media to deal with.

    By the way, How is Hannity, Rove, Carville, holding up???
    Boy, they tried hard to hold a good man down and essentially
    tried to destroy Obama. Didn't work, Hannity. And you were
    going to become a priest? Or did I get that wrong? Mr High and
    Mighty, Hannity?

    June 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. bernj

    Great news. I am proud of the Democratic Party and soon to be President Barack Obama.

    In the meantime, would somebody PLEASE take Hillary Clinton to the woodshed. PLEASE.

    June 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. OH

    If I was Senator Obama I would wait until late Summer before selecting my running mate.

    This Clinton woman is evil to say it mildly. He ran a bad campaign, lost the nomination and now wants to demand the veep.

    She must be on crack!

    June 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. larry

    From Barack's book, Audacity of Hope:
    "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

    June 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Dave SC

    Govs Kaine & Warner, Go ahead with you campaigning with Barack. American people are not dumb. Barack is found to be most liberal senator so you can jump on his bandwagon. I ask Virgnia to reject all three of them. They are not fit to be our political leaders.

    June 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. texas outlaw

    Gracious speech more words not followed up by action.
    If he really believed what he said he would have her as VP.

    June 4, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Lacey

    Obama will win in November by a landslide but, only if Hillary is NOT his VP.

    Please just say NO to any more Clintons !!

    June 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. Mary

    I grew up in Virginia and love Mark Warner. I thought he would be running for president this year. Everyone thought he would. That he didn't made me wonder if there was something out there that he didn't want coming to light. If he is vetted and clean, he would make a great VP candidate... But I also really like Sebelius. Just NO HILLARY!

    June 4, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. B.Brown

    These are my preferred choices for VP. Warner or Kaine, but no Hillary, please.

    June 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. TONY



    June 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. James , Houston, TX.

    Excuse ME, the convention is not till August 2008. This Turkey is being Presumtuous. Just like another One of them , trying to steal more chain than they can CARRY !

    Hillary Cinton is the best Candidate in the Country, Bar None!
    Hillary Clinton needs too run as an Indenpendent under "New Reality Party". Rep. Sheila Jackson, HO., TX. , as her running Mate.
    This Team can Walk the Talk !

    June 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Jose

    Obama-Webb! or Obama-Sebelius?

    June 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. pam Eugene OR

    It appears that Clinton has her head buried in the sand. Please open your eyes Hillary. The fat lady has sung and Barack won. Just because you won't say it out loud it it true none the less.
    We don't want to bash you or disrespect you Hillary. We just want you to do a reality check. You can not be the democratic nominee. We already picked one and it is over.
    You can always run as an independent but last I looked you are broke and deeply in debt. You don't have any options Hillary so please give up gracefully and join the party. There is room for you, just not as VP.
    Sorry, but you did bring this on yourself.
    Come and play with us Hillary. This is when the "fun" starts and it would be good to have you along!

    June 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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