June 4th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
14 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. Debra

    Come on over if you like, the Obama camp I am sure appreciates it. To those Clinton supporters now going over the McCain camp, going to another losing camp hey.

    June 4, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. RB TX

    Rezko's guilty verdict on 16 of 24 corruption counts could have broad repercussions for Blagojevich, who made Rezko a central player in his cabinet. It could also prove a political liability for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, who once counted Rezko as a friend and fundraiser, as the likely Democratic presidential nominee heads into the general election campaign against Republican John McCain.

    CHANGE? It sounds like the same old spin OBAMA. Actions speak louder than words.

    Gore-Kerry-Obama-Losers

    June 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Webb for VP!

    June 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. GenPatton

    Who cares who campaigns with him. He will lose. Let's see if CNN actually posts ONE of my comments.

    June 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Aleisha from Miami

    can you imaginge if they fill the whole 25,000 venue?!

    June 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. jimmy velman

    HILLARY CLINTON DID ACKNOWLEGE OBAMA AS THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE.. PEOPLE SEEM TO WANT TO SEE HILLARY GENUFLECT TO OBAMA BEFORE THE FORMAL NOMINATION. AMERICANS ARE NOT IDIOTS AND HAVE NOT
    IGNORED THE FACT THAT THE DNC, H. DEAN AND THE RULES COMMITTEE DENIED THE VOTERS OF MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA
    A FULL VOTE THEY DESERVE. HILLARY IS WAITING FOR THE CONVENTION TO FORMAL;LY NOMINATE OBAMA AND BRING FULL VOTING RIGHTS TO MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA VOTERS AND MAKE HER VOICE AND HER 18 MILLION SUPPOTERS HEARD.
    SHE CANNOT JUST ABANDON HER SUPPORTERS TO OBAMA AND HIS AIDES WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT OBAMA IS GOING TO SAY
    AFTER HIS OFFICIAL NOMINATION. ALL THESE PUNDITS AND NAYSAYERS ABOUT hILLARY NOT CONCEDING ARE A BUNCH OF OBAMA PANDERING SHEEP. (OR GOATS)
    HILLARY HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR HER 18 MILLION SUPPORTERS., SHE CAN WITHSTAND ALL THE CRITICISM FROM EVERY SIDE , IN HER CONCERN AND BENEFITE FOR HER SUPPORTERS. ALL POLITICIANS AND PUNDITS CARE ABOUT IS COURTING OBAMA'S FAVOR, NOT THE 18 MILLION PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR HILLARY CLINTON.

    June 4, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Don in Florida

    Gentlemen...Start you engines.

    June 4, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Bill PA

    To the women of American, stay at home and don,t vote in Novemeber
    your vote does not count anyway. Ha Ha

    June 4, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Bill PA

    Women are only good for several things and that is not being President, just ask CNN they will tell you.

    June 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Don in Florida

    To Obama Nation; Please treat Clinton Nation with all due respect. we need them to help us re take the white house. It does none of us any good if McCain wins so let's be civil.

    To Clinton Nation; Please accept the fact that there can only be one winner and that winner is Obama. If you don't like that fact you have the right to jump to McCain at your discretion. Telling us on the blogs that you will vote for McCain will not influence us to switch our allegiance to your candidate. But before you change to McCain make sure you listen to your candidate because i'm pretty sure she's not going to tell you to vote for McCain.

    June 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. Bill PA

    All the media folks hate Hillary....the only reason is due to her being a women.

    June 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Ron Borzini

    Bill Richardson for VP. Hi is Latino, has foreign affairs experience, former Energy Dept Sec., NM governor. I Think he fits the bill.

    June 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. Bill PA

    I like Hillary however the media hates her.

    June 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. shelly

    i'M GLAD TO SEE THE MOST COMMENTS ARE POSITIVE AND SUPPORTIVE OF nOMINEE oBAMA, bUT SOME OF YOU BLOGGERS HAVE SOME SERIOUS RACIAL ISSUES....AKMAN

    June 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. Bill PA

    Hillary for CNN

    June 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. Bill PA

    The girls of America, stay at home in November, your voice does not matter. Just ask CNN and other media pundits.

    June 4, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. MARYANN Oswego IL

    Obama needs Hillary to win a BIG win!!!! To all of you Hillary bashers...Republicans are afraid of a OBAMA /CLINTON ticket .....not choosing her is forgetting about the over 18,000,000 voters who voted for her. Do not turn your back on us...

    June 4, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Karen in Fla

    Akman, are you serious? PLEASE tell me that was sarcasm...

    The so-called "Unity" that Obama thinks will happen – that everyone will just fall in line as soon as he says so – isn't going to materialize the way he hopes. And his snotty supporters are only making it less and less likely to ever happen.

    Algoabob- Obama is not "MY" candidate. I have believed him to be too inexperienced since this farce of a primary race started and nothing that has happened has changed my mind. The last person who preached "CHANGE!" and had little experience has been in the Oval office for 7 1/2 years and see where that got us.

    June 4, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. ???

    Why does everyone always harp on Obama's experience? How much experience did Lincoln have going into the presidency? In fact, the two Illinoisians have much in common.

    June 4, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. Black Republican - New York, New York

    Obama has some popular white guys in his corner. This looks bad for McCain.

    That said, if Obama wants to lose bgi time, he can go ahead and pick Hillary as his VP. The woman is so hated that a black unknown political rookie beat her! Geesh!

    Hillary is prolonging her concession remark because she wants Obama to make her his VP on condition that he serves only one term and then she gets two run and serve one term in 2012. She may even ask superdelegates to approve this.

    But Obama would do well to ignore this, because he is dealing with a devil in the flesh who makes promises she cannot and does not keep. Remember Florida and Michigan? Oh yes, she made a promise and then went back on it.

    If Obama wins, and that's along shot right now – this should be his top five:

    PRESIDENT OBAMA
    VICE PRESIDENT RENDELL
    SECRETARY OF STATE KERRY
    ATTORNEY GENERAL EDWARDS
    DEFENCE SECRETARY POWELL

    McCain, meanwhile, should name Rice his VP and Romney his Federal Reserve Chairman.

    June 4, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Michelle

    Hey Mike~
    did you keep reading...Obama was never involved. Never summoned. Never indicted. Your dreams of scandal arent going to materialize.

    Build a bridge and get OVER it.

    June 4, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. PF Harlock

    You're pretty naive, Mike. It isn't not possible to conduct politics in Chicago without dealing with crooks. It is a good thing? No. Is it reality? Yes. Will Barack Obama have the mandate and allies necessary to effectively battle that same problem in Washington, DC? Yes.

    June 4, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. Jesse

    Obama / Sebelius in 08!

    Obama / Sebelius in 08!

    Obama / Sebelius in 08!

    June 4, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. vw

    Paster Wright is the right person to act as your running mate.

    June 4, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Carl J

    I have always been a democrat and during this campaign did not have any preference, I have always voted for the democratic candidates in my state regardless of their gender and most of the are female. I am sick and tired of the fanatics of Hillary and how they always end saying that her loss has to do with the fact that she is a female. When I finally decide to back Obama, why did I did so, because Hillary is the most selfish, arrogant, meanspirited candidate I have seen run for the democratic presidential spot. Before the primaries started I really thought she was going to win, but the only people to blame for her loss is her and her fanatics who tried to find any excuse to explain why they were not winning in order to blame others. To the point that if you did not vote for her the only reason had to be because she is a woman, there cannot be any other reason for them and if you cannot find a good reason to vote for her well the fact that she is a woman should be good enough. Even worst another important reason according to them was that she was the only candidate able to attract that very important democratic sector of voters that would not vote for Obama because he is black, yeah the famous racist vote. If Obama looses and Hillary thinks she is next in line, get ready because if their point that Obama cannot win without their votes is true the same goes in the opposite direction.

    June 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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