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. Ty

    Republican for Obama

    I'm so glad HRC lost. We already have a Pres. who does not plan well and does not know when to get out and spends money he doesn't have. We dont' need HRC following his tradition with her poorly planned campaign, poorly planned health care, poorly financed campaign and very poor judgement as to when to get out of the campaign! She still thinks she is running! HA! I sure hope Obama recognizes the idiocy of that. She can't keep Bill under control now... what would he be like with her as VP – Oh My G**...

    June 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Val

    Sen Clinton really needs some meds and especially the people that are following her and think she was done wrong, now they really need a doctor and some meds.

    June 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Kick Hillary to the Curb

    I think K. Sebelius is the best choice. Hillary might be a national threat to the safety of Obama. Maybe she can be a the Attorney General or Secretary of State but not VP.

    June 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Senator Obama,

    As you ponder about your VP pick, think about this. Yes, Hillary's negative campaigning does drive many people away from her. Heck, I was ready to vote for her, two for the price of one. It sounds like a sure bet. I was waiting for this day ... the two Clintons, what more could I ask ... and then comes Barack Obama. All bets are off. He delivered one of the best speeches I have ever heard, moved me to the core, gave me hope for a better America. The two are similar on many issues, one is negative, one is positive, I go for the positive, and feel good along the way.

    Putting campaigning style and personality aside, Hillary voted for the Iraq War. She labeled the Iranians guards as terrorist. She said she is willing to obliteran Iran. She is a war hawk and that's the difference. Yes, she said she'll bring the troops home, but that's due to public pressure. She never acknowledge her mistake in her decision. War and Peace is life and death situations. You should not choose Hillary as VP. Hillary can serve for other positions, but not VP. Look at the long term issue, and not just the election. I am confident you will win in the general election ... just maintain your positivity.

    June 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Karen

    These Clinton backers are terrible politicians. They refused to withdarw from the contest in the name of "campigning spirit" even when math did not work. Now, they turned around to push for a Clinton VP spot in the name of grabed votes after getting lost. They are not fighting for voters; they are merely fighting for their own interest. They have no integrity, no grace, no dignity.

    CNN, stop pushing for this joint ticket! The fate of these politicians will set an example for you. You have too many pro-Clinton moderators who will never let a message like this published.

    June 4, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Deborah Houston, TX

    Hillary is acting in the best interest of herself. I remember hearing this story about two people who wanted this child and the King said that he would settle by having the child cut in half and giving each a child. The women said no, just give her child to the man. At that point she was granted custody.

    Hillary if she loved and cared for her supporters she would conceed gracefully and insure that they have healthcare, brighter futures, and a leader that holds their best interest at hand and not setting the on fire to shoot themselves in the foot with McCain just to make a point. McCain doesn't care how he gets in the white house as long as he gets there.

    Hillary wants a puric victory. "It is a victory won at to great a cost." She is hurting the party, her followers and the Clintons legacy. She appears to not know what it means to be humble, appreciative of a country that has given her so much and respected democracy.

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

    I think HRC needs time to come out of this...you know what they say about loss: the first stage is denial...she just happens to be going through it on the most public of stages...the rest of the Dem party will be basically have to ignore her "non-concession" in effect, and just move forward while she comes around. They know that she can raise hell either in a positive or negative way, and letting her save face and then blow off steam first is the only way to make sure they will get the best out of her. Like it or not, they will continue to placate her to know end because it's "the lifestyle to which she's become accustomed" (to borrow from alimony nomenclature).

    Oh, and way to go VA guys!! (had to comment on the actual story at hand lol)

    June 4, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. McCain has honor

    Obama say on thing means another and does neither. He is protecting himself to show who he really is. The Phrase he used on Hillary, " We were friends before this and will be friends after this" We know now what it means.Dr Wright my friend and mentor before and discarted after when he became a liablity to the campaign

    June 4, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Vig

    Obama will say what people want to hear, the way the political winds blow and will cave to political pressure at every turn.

    June 4, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. ken

    denver! denver!

    Obama '08

    June 4, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Kick Hillary to the Curb

    CNN please post.

    David H : I hope you are right about her, but how she behaved last night has put a bad reputation for her even in non-Obama supporters too. She is lost her sanity. I can't believe this lady is the first lady to go this far in american politics I wish it was someone else besides her. I like a more dignified decent hard-working person not someone who rode the coat-tails of her husband to get where she is. What did she accomplish in 35yrs, I just don't see anything that she has done.

    June 4, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. ERIN of Davis CA

    The choice is clear Obama/Edwards 08 (cnn please post)

    June 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Rose

    Where is John King? why hasn't he been on this week?

    June 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Hey Mike,

    Obama's the nominee because he had good enough judgment to wait until 2005, in the months after he was elected to the U.S. Senate, to buy his nice house and little piece of extra land from Rezko in an under-the-table deal.

    That's why!

    You wish you had half Obama's good judgment, so stop talking to him like he's a shady weasel.

    June 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. NO to Hillary

    Mike- Rezco was your best friend don't you remember ?

    June 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Foreign observer

    So far it was like Wrestling. Good show – both Hillary and Obama had their parts and the whole game was under control. Both possible outcomes for victory have been on plan ! Now it´s getting a real box fight where both Obama and Mc Cain will try to determine the rules.

    June 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Randy Handy

    Omaha Republican here...makes SENSE to change and believe in someone who has no reason to lie or cover-up anything,. unlike his rivals. I have no respect for Bill Clinton, who should have been impeached. As President, Al Gore would have won and spared us 8 years of W and all the terrible suffering that has brought disgrace to our nation.

    June 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Dee, St. Louis

    Uncle Sam to playing we all know that you are a Republican under the directions of Operation Chaos. By the way, where is Susan, MN and Big Ben and Charlene (UNDERCOVER). NOT THIS TIME!!

    June 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. Brian Knoxville, TN

    When Obama spoke in South Dakota last Sunday, he made me feel bad about myself. At the end of his beautiful speech, he told a story about going to a little town in the "sticks, " in the "middle of nowhere, " and said that the little crowd of twenty people who came to see him starting shouting "fire it up!" and he said that he was so uncomfortable because he didn't know what they were talking about.

    As the moment in his story dragged out to emphasize his discomfort, I thought, "Are they racists who are going to burn him?" Let me tell you, I felt so bad about myself as a white person when he revealed that the point that the people were making is that we have to fire up our enthusiasm. I asked myself, "Am I a racist for thinking that that's what he meant, that ‘fire it up’ meant that these hicks were going to burn a black man? " And I thought, "I better vote for him, or people might look at me and see a closet racist…"

    Now that's one piece of effective oratory!

    I mean, how could I not vote for Obama like so many others who want to display how enlightened they are?

    June 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. Montana is Obama Country

    Mike COMMENTS (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?)

    Barack Obama is the democratic nominee because over 18 million open-minded people want change.. not same rhetoric shoved down our throats daily..!1 So take your comments and head down the road chumley.... Your rhetoric is toast..........


    June 4, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. San


    MCCAIN 2008
    HILLARY 2012

    June 4, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. BJ

    Obama's going to need all the help he can get!

    IF not Hillary... McCAIN/MEG WHITMAN!!!

    June 4, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Ardnuas

    This is a GREAT team to defeat John McCain
    Obama/Hagel (I want Chuck Hagel)

    June 4, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. A-Man

    Hillary may have the best strategy to help Obama. Get everyone including the not so intelligent that have supported her to hate her and realize how bad she is. Then finally they will see the light. Independents love Obama, and always decide the election. They also hate Hillary. It does not matter who is in politics there is always this group of lower intelligent people who fall in love with someone because they say the right thing. Hillary to her credit did a good job of winning these people over. Chavez does it in Venezuela too.

    June 4, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. Ben

    "Obama predicts party unity? We would already have a unified party and an infinitely stronger chance of winning back the presidency if he had supported Hillary a year ago instead of starting prematurely to run for president."

    Oh come on, that's why Clinton lost. Her message was: "Vote for me, its inevitable I'll be the candidate". No one deserves inevitability in securing a nomination. Not even an incumbent. Remember how Lieberman lost the Democratic primary to LaMont?

    And saying he ran prematurely? Clinton officially declared before him... If you mean because of age or experience, one of the greatest presidents in our history only had 2 years in national office. This is the fellow politician from Illinois, Abe Lincoln.

    June 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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