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. aaaa

    GO OBAMA IS THE MAN!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Eric-PA

    An inexperienced President and VP is not good for this country. We need to be efficient when it comes to improving our economy. With these two, there will be a lot of learning and a lot of mistakes. It will be like re-inventing the wheel. With this guy as the #2 man for sure McCain will win in a landslide.

    July 29, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Proud American

    Yes we Can and Yes we Will!!!!
    Obama/ Whomever '08

    July 29, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Joan, Ontario

    If Hilary Clinton had run a cleaner, more honourable campaign and hadn't thrown the kitchen sink (fridge and stove too) at Obama constantly for the last leg of it, she would be have been thought of in a more positve light and could have been a great VP. However, there are countless clips of derogatory comments by her, her husband and especially a couple of her campaign workers that would constantly get played by the right and could hurt Obama. Because she didn't congratulate him the night he won and the fact that she has kept her delegates is also of great concern. She played her hand and has to deal with it. Also, the segment of her followers that are still hoping she can be nominated or be the VP and say they will vote for McCain if that doesn't happen have totally turned off many people toward themselves but Hilary Clinton too. They shot themself in the foot. If they work to sink Obama's chances, his supporters will do exactly the same to her in 2012. Count on it. Also, she and those followers will get blamed for hurting the party and causing four more years of Republican rule. Instead those people who think so much of her should kick in and help her eliminate her $23 million campaign debt. That's certainly not up to Obama and his supporters to do. Their campaign was well run and didn't have such problems Last night a Conservative spokesman said they hope he picks Clinton because that would rally the right for McCain. That's probably true. Good choices might be Biden, Bhye, Sebelius, Richardson or Hagel..

    July 29, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Democrat AGAINST Obama

    If he doesnt pick hillary i will write her name in.

    he and the DNC strongarmed the nomination from her while she recieved more votes and for him to not put her on the ticket would be an insult to the 18 million plus who voted for her.

    GO HILLARY!!!!

    July 29, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Anything but the toxic Hill-Billy's

    July 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Phil in KC

    I think that last paragraph may be the most important. He has little experience and no foreign policy experience. Could it be a smoke screen? I think Joe Biden would be a good choice, but that does not reinforce Obama's message of change. But maybe experience is more important than change.

    July 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Informed Voter

    my top 4 list for VP:

    1.Biden
    2.Clark
    3.Selebius
    4. Kaine

    July 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Jerry Brown

    Clinton as VP or no vote for Obama.

    July 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. davidblaine

    PUMA's unite...We have time on our side. By picking Kaine this would give Republican control back to VA.

    18 million Hillary supporters, Nader & McKinney will see to it that Obama has zero chance.

    McCain 08 you brought on yourselves...

    July 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Phil from VA

    Well, this would be good for Virginians only if Kaine has to step down as Governor during the campaign. I do not want him or Obama in office, but if Virginia loses Kaine as Gov., that cannot be all that bad. He is trying to do the same thing that his predecessor Warren did, raise taxes. The fix all solution always seems to be to raise taxes. They target the rich(which is pretty silly), but in the end, everyone pays, and those who are too good to work keep on thriving in the welfare system. I'm just glad my tax dollars makes a difference like that!

    July 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. AK in LA

    another man in a tie.....how utterly boring

    July 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Onlooker

    Obama has great judgement, and I'm fine with anyone he picks.

    I hope he picks Kathleen Sebelius!

    Joe Biden for Secretary of State!
    Bill Richards for Secretary of Energy!
    Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense!
    John Edwards for Supreme Court!
    Hillary Clinton for Janitor Supreme!

    July 29, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. dave g, minneapolis

    Hey, all you that are saying you'll vote for McCain, if Obama doesn't pick Hillary should vote for Barr.

    Send a real message that can be counted. If you vote McCain, he'll just take it as support for his message. By voting for Barr, you can enjoy your own "Operation Chaos" by sending many messages. 1) you don't support Obama OR McCain. 2) you do want REAL change. 3) you want out of Iraq 4) you want personal freedoms returned that both dems and republicans have taken from us.

    Why you would encourage McCain is beyond me. Make a real statement!!!
    Barr '08 !!!

    July 29, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Obamacan

    I like him picking Kaine but the best choice in my opinion is Evan Bayh....just look at that guys resume and you can see that he would be ready to step in as commander in chief if anything were to happen to Obama...he may be a bit dry and boring at times (not the best of campaigners) but when it comes to substance and resume this guy has it

    Obama/Bayh 08

    July 29, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Brooke

    If Obama said he were to pick a rock for his VP nominee the Obamabots would be effusive in their praise... Obama says something and his followers blindly agree. Not healthy for democracy and not healthy for the US.

    July 29, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. sherry

    Molly.......While many Americans may feel as you do.
    I'm just glad that there are more that dont
    Obama will be the next President of the United States.
    Something to believe in.

    July 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Brooke

    For all of those who say that Kaine has no experience, he as served as Mayor of Richmond and Lt. Gov, the man has a lot of experience.

    July 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Paula

    If Hillary went out there and fixed the dishonest comments and worked as she should,I would say great.But the problem she would have is the mismanagement of her campaign funds and her supporters seem to be unreliable.The fact that they didn't help with her debt means that they were mostly Republicans stirring the pot.Unless she does that...
    Obama/Biden

    July 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Walt, Belton,TX

    Just what is needed! Two rookies stumbling along so that we'll end up deeper in debt and closer to a true socialistic state. Just fricken wonderful.................

    July 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    Would someone, anyone, please tell me specifically.

    WHAT EXPERIENCE DOES JOHN McCAIN HAVE TO QUALIFY HIM AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF.

    WHAT EXPERIENCE DOES JOHN McCAIN HAVE TO QUALIFY HIME FOR WINNING WARS!

    WHAT DOES JOHN McCAIN KNOW ABOUT OSAMA BIN LADIN THAT SUPPORTERS HIS CLAIM THAT HE KNOWS WHERE OSAMA IS, AND HE WILL BRING HIM TO JUSTICE!

    WHAT EXPERIENCE DOES JOHN McCAIN HAVE THAT QUALIFIES HIM TO TURN AROUND THE ECONOMY!

    JOHN MCCAIN WAS IN THE VIETNAM WAR. PRIOR TO HIM BEING CAPTURED AND HELD AS A POW, HE CRASHED PLANE, AFTER PLANE, AFTER PLANE. ONE SUCH CRASH WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR A HORRIFIC FIRE IN WHICH MANY AMERICANS DIED!

    JOHN McCAIN HAS BEEN IN THE SENATE FOR SOME THIRTY YEARS, WHAT SPECIFICALLY DID HE DO TO MAKE THE WORLD BETTER FOR AMERICANS.

    JOHN McCAIN HAS ADMITTED THAT HE KNOWS VERY LITTLE ABOUT THE ECONOMY.

    JOHN McCAIN HAS ADMITTED THAT HE CANNOT USE THE INTERNET!

    OKAY NOW, I'M WAITING FOR THE MCCAIN SUPPORTERS TO REPLY WITH SPECIFICS. PLEASE NO VAGUE INSINUATIONS!

    July 29, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Posn

    Grow up Clinton supporters we need someone whose ideas closely resemble Mrs. Clinton and McCain is nowhere near what she would have done if she had been the nominee.

    July 29, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Just Curious

    When Obama annouces Kaine as his VP choice, is he going to give away free beer and free pizza like they did in Berlin to get people to come listen to his speech? I'll show up for the free beer and pizza if they do and then go vote McCain anyway

    July 29, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Mary

    2 newbies IS what the country needs. Heaven knows the old school politians have screwed things up enough

    July 29, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Hey I thought he picked Larry Craig from Idaho. Both guys won that very important state.

    i am sure he will pick someone more sensible than Hagel or Webb. What about Barney Frank. I've heard from my sources he is available for the job. And Barney would fit in with Obama, nicely. They could start a bowling team.

    July 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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