July 29th, 2008
10:57 AM ET
14 years ago

Kaine stays mum on Veep buzz

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/29/art.obamakaine.gi.jpg caption="Kaine is staying mum on reports he is on the top of Obama's VP list."](CNN) - The vice presidential buzz is circling around Gov. Tim Kaine, but the Virginia Democrat refused to address the speculation in a radio interview Tuesday.

"What I said about this is that I have been on board with the campaign since February 2007, but I don't talk about my conversations with the campaign," the first-term governor told Washington radio station WTOP. "You know I save my advice, thoughts, etc., for those conversations and I don't really share them."

Kaine, who hails from an increasingly purple state the Obama campaign hopes to snatch from Republicans this cycle, has long been considered a top vice presidential prospect. But speculation increased Monday night after both the Washington Post and the Politico reported Kaine is on top of the Illinois senator's VP short list.

According to the Washington Post, Kaine has told his close advisers he has had "very serious" conversations with the Obama campaign about the position and is eagerly jockeying for it.

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But speaking to WTOP on Tuesday, Kaine said he did not endorse Obama to "get anything or get appointed to anything."

"It's flattering to be mentioned, my mom loves it, she calls me, she sees it," he said. "But that's for the campaign to decide. The campaign has made very good decisions thus far. And I think, how ever they decide, they are going to make a very good decision about Senator Obama's running mate."

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Later in the broadcast, Kaine also refused to say whether he has any meetings planned with Obama: "I've got my 13-year old daughter in the studio. We have a date right after this and that's the only thing on my calendar."

Many political observers have noted Kaine would bring several advantages to the Democratic ticket - in addition to hailing from a conservative-to-moderate state, he has never served in Washington and could easily espouse Obama's message of change. He, like Obama, is also a fresh face in political circles and a graduate of Harvard Law School.

But Kaine has only served as governor for three years, and it's likely his name on the ticket will do little to assuage voter concerns that Obama lacks the experience to be president. Kaine also does little to shore up the Illinois senator's short resume on national security credentials.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Tim Kaine
soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. Hello!!!

    No Hillary, no vote.....

    July 29, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Arkansas Undertaker

    Mr. Obama,

    I am a very loyal supporter and donor of your campaign. I have the utmost respect for Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia, but I will hope that you reconsider and take Senator Hillary Clinton as your running mate.

    July 29, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    hey now, everyone be nice. The PUMAS have just as much a right as the rest of their fellow Republicans to destroy this country.

    However, to be fair to Republicans, at least they know they are Republicans and didn't arrive at there opinions based on insanity....well, some of them.

    July 29, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Richard

    No Clinton my vote will go for McCain!


    Future McCain supporter!

    July 29, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Texas Liberal

    The VP choices I have seen linked to Obama have been pretty much zeros as near as I can tell. Where did he get this list? If he wants to surprise us, don't let the surprise be such a disappointment. His VP list should be:
    1. Clinton
    2. Gore
    3. Edwards
    4. Richardson
    5. Biden

    People we know and like would be a nice surprise. We don't need another Dan Quayle.

    July 29, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Will in Richmond, VA

    As a Virginian, I'd love to see a NEIGHBOR make it to the second highest position in the land. Kaine has done a great job as mayor of Richmond, and as Governor, but as a tactical move, this has its flaws. Although VA would be a stone cold lead pipe lock with Kaine on board, it doesn't answer Obama's biggest question.


    Biden, or Clinton are really the only two choices in my opinion.

    July 29, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Scott, West Chester, OH

    PLEASE PICK KAINE. Then there will be two people on the Democratic ticket with ZERO QUALIFICATIONS in foreign policy and national security.

    McCain-Romney 2008!!!

    July 29, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Leon, Atlanta GA

    Having an "experienced" oilman aka Cheney, and an "experienced" TX Guvnor who was AWOL from the army aka GW, we've had a terrible past 8 years.

    Go Obama/Kaine '08

    July 29, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Marc PDX

    Did Hillary take herself out of consideration?

    July 29, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Bill from ALabama

    Well, Obama has a hang a pork-chop around his neck to get people to vote form him. He has no experience except in working with radicals,white-haters,and flag burners. Kaine is just the man to complete the inexperienced theme of this campaign. Another first term politician. Just what the Dr. ordered!

    July 29, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Pat F

    An all-boys ticket – what a big change.

    Ask Obama why he refuses to support school choice vouchers when his own kids are in a super-elite private school. One rule for him and one for the rest of us? Big change there.


    July 29, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. rz

    NC Man wrote July 29th, 2008 11:02 am ET

    "Great a 1st term governor and 1st term senator … sounds like trouble to me !!"

    Nothing sounded troubling to you from 2000 – 2008 , When you had combined 69yrs of political experience !!

    July 29, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. HollyPops

    OMG here we go again! Soo....after following the totally absurd campaign for months & listening to all the banter from both the Obama & Clinton camps, we can finally now ALL SEE that Obama, just like Hillary or any other politician to ever come along is just the...SAME.

    Change (that we can believe in) ...hmm, Sen. Obama must have been referring to CHANGING MY MIND & PLATFORM after I have secured the Democratic nomination because almost everything that he embraced before he secured the nomination, he has now changed positions on.

    Sen. Obama should pick a VP that everyone knows, respects & brings some sort of experience to the White House. He can not use poor judgment at this juncture or we will lose credibility & voters this fall.

    I have heard many rumblings from Obama supporters that are now pretty upset with the new "changes" that he has already adopted, even before the elections & his possible presidency. He is getting scary.

    July 29, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Libs be dopes

    Tweedee Dee and Tweedle Dum

    Obama/Edwards 2008!

    July 29, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Barack a vote

    Maybe John Mccain can pick pill popper Rush Limbaugh or Nazi Sean Hannity for his running mate.

    July 29, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Jay

    What has "experience" gotten us, two wars, and a country in debt. Which country fights two wars at the same time, not even the stupidest country in the world would do that. After all that history teaches us, that wars are never easy to win.
    And John McCain is willing send his own son to fight a war base on a lie, what like of a father is that?

    July 29, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Obama4change

    This is one day that the CNN website has not posted a negative story on Senator Obama. This morning, I was watching CNN and there was a negative story on Senator Obama. It never fails, Jeannie Moss was discussing that the media love affair with Obama was over. I could not believe it! Stick to stories like "Black in American" and the Tibet story this weekend, but please stop showing silly stories and negative ones about Senator Obama. We know you are rooting for McClone, but stop making it so obvious. All the negative stuff on McClone always gets overlooked by CNN. Why doesn't Jeannie Moss do a story on all the lies Senator McClone uses in his adds?

    July 29, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Jaime

    1st Term Governor & Senator

    What a joke with new ideas & new change. We are in a peace treaty with N. Korea, War in Iraq against Extremist Iraq and Taliban terrorist that do not identify themselves as stated in the Geneva Conventions Treaty. We need an Iron Grip on things. The turmoil of war for democracy and justice will have bloodshed and will be the cost of the United States. It is our flag that was painted with the men and women that fought for liberties for all. What kind of changes do we want? Are recommending that wars should be fought with paint-ball guns and over chess games. New ideas on economics might be one for new change, but when dealing with hatred....we need representation from McCain. Lets not think our oranges and apples are in the same basket.

    July 29, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Kevin

    I don't know about this one... I like Biden to be honest. Mabe there is baggage w/ Biden we don't know about. I'd like to see BO select a Rebublican that's on the fence if he's not going to go w/ Biden

    July 29, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. East Coast Bum

    If this were my decision I would pick just an average American. Not a washington insider with the so call "experience". This is the last we need right now. Just a normal guy who works hard, no lawyers....and NO RICH people!!!!! Ask the people in Alaska how they feel about their Senator being served papers today for perjury or something about money.. Remember he had experience, and he was a crock just like the rest. Just my Liberal view, don't hate the player, hate the game!!

    July 29, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Jan Illinois

    Its not HIM, It's HER!!!!! To seal the deal.

    July 29, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Angel

    For all the Hillary supporters threatening to vote for McCain, go ahead and deal with the consequences when it comes sooner rather than later. Any unbiased person can clearly see that Obama is an absolutely better choice than John McCain. I will take intelligence and wisdom over a man who graduated 894 out of 899, has little intellect and a short vocabulary any day. Get over yourselves. What are you afraid of the fact that a person of mixed race but according to your rules is considered a “black man” may do the job better than any before him and somehow diminish your superiority complexes. Keep in mind, black people have always suffered, and will continue to suffer all over the world so they will continue to endure. Remember they worked like dogs during slavery 16+ hours a day with a sweet potato for lunch and the whips at their backs and survive. It is you (Caucasians) that will not be able to live through what you are going to get from John McCain, so get over yourselves. My message to Obama is to not pick Hillary, win, lose or draw. What is going to be will be.

    July 29, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. WA Hill supporter

    Now that would be an inspired choice...NOT.

    July 29, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Karen from Charlottesville

    Kane has been a very good governor of Virginia. He is fiscally moderate, a conservationist comitted to conserviing 400,000 acres during his governorship, and he works to bring high quality business to Virginia. I admire him. He doesn't have foreign policy experience, but it looks like we are going to be in an economic storm here for the next few years, and we could use someone with a good business head on his shoulders.
    This is one conservative Virginian who would be proud to vote for Obama/Kaine.

    July 29, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. SIMP

    Anybody BUT Hillary. I'm sure Obama will make the right choice. All these blogs from hillary supporters are really annoying, she lost it's over move on. Use this energy to have a fund raiser for hillary, she needs the money.

    Obama/anybody but hillary

    July 29, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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