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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    To Mr. Carville,

    I had a nice Easter, did you? I love Mr. Richardson. He is a very
    smart man who knew the Clinton Machine like the back of his hand!!
    He was "honest" with the American people and "knew" he would suffer
    the wrath of Clinton's and their cronies.

    Mr. Richardson, is alive and very well today, right?

    June 4, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Eli

    Resko went down today in Chicago, OBAMA is next. YES HE WILL. I cant wait to see this man and the DEMS fall hard this fall. JOHN MCCAIN needs to pick a white woman to be his VP, to get the woman vote and he needs to go after the SENIOR vote. This all from a lifelong DEMOCRAT that is tired of some higher ups and the news media pushing their "golden boy". No kool-aid for me.

    June 4, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. jimmy velman


    June 4, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Belle

    CNN screens ALL posts about Obama.
    Rezko was on Obama's 2004 State Senate Campaign Finance Committee.

    Rezko was convicted of wire fraud, mail fraud, campaign finance corruption.

    Why are you the nominee?

    June 4, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Freida, NYC

    All I can say is that the Obama supporters in this blogs are completely insane, and a machine full of HATE!!!! Stop it already, this is really scary all the hate speech coming out of your mouth against the Clintons. They did nothing but good things to the African-American community and the under-served. I agree Hillary should not accept the VP slot. She is way too powerful to be Obama's VP.

    I hope and pray that Hillary runs as Independent, this way Obama will never get a chance to win. I refuse to have a president whose supporters are filled with hate and sexism. I do not understand why CNN post all these hate-filled comments.

    CNN, aren't you suppose to moderate all comments post here?

    June 4, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. baljeet

    congratulation's obama . And i will be voting for mcain this fall.Hillary clinton was the best candidate for the country but thanx to all you obama thugs i will vote for mcain . Hillary clinton spent her whole life helping poor and the blacks in america in turn they all stabed her in the back for a guy we know nothing about.

    Thank you hillary looking forward to 2012 .

    June 4, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Bayou Joe

    They are falling over each now. Wait until the real Obama is exposed and see how fast they move to disown him. Hillary was nice to him, McCain and us will not be. We have a country to protect and a world to defend from tyrants.

    No surrender. Will the real americans step up to the plate in November? We shall seee.

    June 4, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    YES YES< we can, there are many many good honest democratic, governors, senators, representatives, to choose from, please Senator Obama, extedn your reach to those, who the people value,

    the past is the past and you know who i am talking about because it is not worth to mention

    either SEbilious or either of these two people in WV, or any other, please please

    dont bring the negativity and the damage control, (HRC and BC)

    June 4, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Obama 08: white 60 year old female

    Just keep doing what you do best...meet the voters and show them who you are and what you believe him...ignore the Clintons and let them have their hissy fit...they are only harming themselves with their bribes and threats!!

    June 4, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    What does Caroline Kennedy know about what the people of America want? She has stayed out of politics and the public eye until now? Was she already asked to be VP? That would explain her sudden attraction to politics. It would also explain Ted Kennedys endorsement over the wishes of the voters in his state. Obama is the presumitive nominee. Until the conventions, no one including McCain, are the nominees. the convention is when the actual votes will be given, until then anything can happen. I will wait until the convention to see the actual results. Out of three possible scenarios on popular votes, Obama is ahead in only one. He is not my nominee. If he is the actual nominee in August and that seems likely, I will at that time know how I will vote in November. I suspect I will have to vote for Hillary, by write-in

    June 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. raymond

    'Obama', what an emotional speech he gave last night and none was about him. this election is not about any indivdual, i think people should be aware of that. he said something in his speech about Americans we are being looked up to by every nation of the world as a Great Nation.HRC is not the MESSIAH or OBAMA is, what we are all about is for the past 7years the country policy is not getting us to any good. it is time to forget about WHO is WHO and let vote for change, these is not about now, is about the future generation. to live in a better country and to make tomorrow better we should start today. GOD BLESS U.S.A

    June 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Jose

    Obama-(Obama + the peoples' 2nd best choice for VP)!

    June 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. The prophet

    There will be peace in the world. No more wars. No more poverty. No more disease. No more natural disasters. Oil will be $10.00 a barrell.
    Gas 10 cents and all is well now that President elect Obama is coming into power. Let us all celebrate and bring peace through dialogue with our enemies. Wait there will be no enemies. Everyone will love us. All we have to do is vote for Obama. Sleep well America.
    The dream is just beginning.

    June 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Belle

    One of Rezko's loans from Auchi....$10K found its way into Obama's campaign.

    The feds are trying to cut a deal with Rezko so they can go after the Gov. of IL and other politicians that received money.

    How is it that Obama's "friends" are so corrupted and divisive? How is it that Obama is still ignorant to the facts surrounding him? He never knew Rezko was that kind of guy? Yet still did a Real Estate deal with him when he was being investigated by the Feds? If it is about judgment, then the DNC picked the WRONG candidate.

    June 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. Jose

    Obama-(Obama's + the peoples' choice for Obama's VP)!

    June 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. deb in az

    by the way toobin i must say that remark of yours is so far left......how dare you.......good for you and cnn supporting this left wing nut.......he will lose in the general......if you think all the democrats will support this man and i do say just another man with no vision, think again.......he has stolen every idea that has ever come out of his mouth.........i would suggest to you the deranged narcists are all the obama supporters that seem to back him along with that racist bigot minister of his........

    June 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. 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 won't be a nightmare.

    McCain Democrat '08

    June 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Chris from San Antonio

    Let me get this straight, Hillary and Obama have nearly identical plans, but you're going to vote for McCain because why? Out of spite?

    Anybody calling themselves a McCain democrat is either a liar or a schizophrenic.

    June 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. Tom

    Why would Hillary supporters want to get together with the same (expletives) who have been so incredibly divisively crude to them and their candidate? Please get back on your meds!

    There will be no unity. We don't Hillary on Obama's ticket any more than obama supporters do. But please – keep it up. Your angry, sarcastic and arrogant verbosity will make sure that anyone who even had 2nd thoughts about Obama will stay home or vote McCain as most of us Hillary supporters are. You're on your own and I'd wish you luck but.............as one of you so eloquently put it – "the hell with Hillary, we don't need her". Cool. All 18 million of us will join the dems and indies who are voting for McCain.

    June 4, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Rain on your parade

    Celebrate now. It will be the last celebration for the Liberals. The real campaign is on and the victor will be John S. McCain. 4 good reasons. Wright, Rezkko, Farankhan, and Michelle. Good luck trying to win the heart of America.

    June 4, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Margaret

    McCain is on the attack, WE Democrats have to all support OUR nominee.

    Hillary put up a good fight, now it's time for her to live up to her promise to do everything to help our nominee become president.

    I don't think Obama should pick her as VP, give her another post in his cabinet.

    June 4, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Marc

    It is funny how these female supporters for Hillary Clinton are so upset, they are ready to go to the dark side. They are ready to join McCain team. Even started a fundraiser for McCain. Even though McCain said he will look for Justices that can review Roe v. Wade. They don't care. They say that females fought for the right to vote and now they have the chance to have a female in the White House. They forget that blacks could not vote, and at one time, the females that fought for women rights, fought so that blacks could not vote. I find these organization are just what everybody has said they are, racist. There is no other way to say it. They have Harriet Christian behind them and she already said racist comments on youtube and on FoxNews. Not even Hillary will back these women group. That should tell you something.

    June 4, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. rexx

    McCain is going to win VA going away. If Obama picks a VP candidate for his ticket from there it still won't matter. Lots of Military in VA and they love McCain. Welcome to President McCain

    June 4, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Bill PA

    Hillary got screwed with her pants on. We will never see a women
    President in the USA, ever. This country will have an Indian next,
    and that will be a male. So for all you ladies in American stay at
    home, don't vote in November,
    Just because you got the right to vote back in 1919, does not mean
    your voice will ever be heard.

    June 4, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. Slider

    Quote: "How about Caroline Kennedy choosing herself for Obama VP?"

    Well, how 'bout it?

    Maybe she can relate to Obama the folly that JFK embarked on with his idea that he could be diplomatic to Khrushchev, and his subsequent resolve that the only way to deal with a tyrant is to threaten military force.

    After all, Obama does constantly bring up JFK's approach to dealing with tyrants.

    It's too bad that Democrats don't know their history; particularly about the conference in Vienna that led to the Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    At least JFK was smart enough to learn from having his clock cleaned; Obama, not so much.

    June 4, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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