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. mwm

    we know what so-called experience does.nothing.judgement is what matters.you can be experienced in destroying nations,through war,or whatever,but,that doesnt make you good at building or bettering a nation.you can be a senator for thirty years,but all that experience means nothing,if your most notable deed is protecting a savings and loan bank from oversight,and causing people to lose everything they have.fresh faces and new ways of thinking and using the technology we now have,including the INTERNET,is the way of the future.i'm tired of the ways of the recent past and current bs.

    July 29, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Hill or bust

    I'm starting to like Obama better, but won't vote for him if Hillary isn't the VP. That would say he's not really about unity and doing what's right – only winning. Hillary deserves it and we want HER.

    July 29, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Anna

    I am so excited to think that Kaine could be the VP. Search Obama Kaine on youtube and you will find out just how much he really believes in Barack Obama. The number one reason why I don't think Barack should pick Hillary is the lack of excitement that she shows towards him. You can not just pick a VP solely based on Party Unity. Anyway, many of her supporters say that they don't care about party unity. That means we can move past them and get out the new voters.

    Obama/Kaine 08

    July 29, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Who the hell is Tim Kaine?!

    if he becomes the chosen one, i would not be impressed whatsoever. obama needs someone who is strong on foreign policy and with name value...having someone that is relatively new, no experience, and no real name value is going to deter a lot of people who have been glued to the news waiting for the announcement to feel more skeptical of the obama campaign

    July 29, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Dem

    That would be a mistate....I don't even know who this man is.!!!
    And the only way I'd vote for Obama is if he picks a phenomenal VP.

    Any person other than Clinton is going to be a totally stupid move by Obama. With his millions of supporters and her millions of supporters COMBINED, they will POUND McCain. It is the only guaranteed slam dunk. People make excuses not to put her on the ticket, but their in denial or simply don't like her "personally". Well, thats an idiotic reason not to put her on the ticket. There is no reason she should not be the Veep. She's MORE than qualified and she brings a record number of supporters with her. NO BRAINER!!

    July 29, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Lisa


    July 29, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Tired of W, OH

    This just in.....

    McFlipFlop is at it again! After repeatedly saying that he would not raise taxes, McCain now says he will raise the payroll taxes if needed!

    This is HUGE because the repubs always try to scare voters by saying that the Democrats are going to raise your taxes.

    Come on, CNN! You need to cover this! No more free rides for McCain!

    July 29, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. The world is watching, and judging

    Kaine is good, but I think Sebilous is better. (incorrect spelling, I know).

    July 29, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Frank

    Maybe Obama should pick John McCain as his running mate.

    After all, McCain has now endorsed Obama's 16 month timetable for getting out of Iraq.

    July 29, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. kevin for obama in Maryland

    Hey, I say Kaine is a good choice, he is a war veteran.........so I guess McStupid will "smerk" about that. Look, Washington needs a whole new make over, Bush has turned Washington into his little orgy of "Yes" people and our country is on the brink or a recession, nope, already in one. So change is what we need. We do not need the same old politicans with the same corrupted views, we need something fresh, new ideas and new faces. I sae Kaine or Edwards would make excellent pics and make Clinton a member of the Cabinet or Secetery of State.....since she has visited over 80 countries.......lol.


    July 29, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Go PSU

    I do not think Obama/Kaine ticket would win the election.

    I have spoken.

    July 29, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Laura

    I hope that Obama thinks twice before naming someone with little foreign experience or experience in general for that matter....it will make the whole ticket lacking in experience.

    What happened to all of the Hillary supporters. Come on!!! Voice your disappointment in the Obama campaign for not even vetting her (as has been reported in MSM). 18,000,000 votes doesn't even get her in the vetting process!!!! Seeing how she would make a heck of a better President.....I vote for Hillary for VP if nothing else.

    Laura, Boston, MA

    July 29, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Independent in Iowa

    Big mistake if he doesn't select Hillary. Big.

    July 29, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Dianna Spencer

    too bad Hillary is not the TOP. OBAMA will loose this election big time.

    July 29, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. dennis from chicago

    yesterday it was judgment now today it is o bama's lack of experience.......FACE IT......O BAMA is the DNC's fluke......all he wants with his vice president choice......IS THE VOTES.....manipulator and a fabricator of smoking images of deception....a thinned man way too young to be AMERICA'S president......wait 12 years then come back...REAL CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN//////

    July 29, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. PD Thomas

    Interesting. He loves his mother and takes his daughter on dates. He'll help with the gay vote for sure with that puss face...

    Obama 08

    July 29, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. William, from Cali!

    My question is: Is there not one, "qualified Black candidate", to serve as Vice President?.................... now, that would really be "pushing all the evelopes".........or maybe, I'm "thinking, out of the box", and asking a little to much!

    July 29, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Andy

    If CNN were more honest about foreign policy credentials, it would be forced to admit that Obama is more informed than his rival. While McCain bumbles from one 'bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb iran" moment, to a Joe Lieberman whispering basic facts in his ear moment, to a mistaking the "history" in Iraq moment during his interview with Katie Couric, Obama has performed admirably. The bottom line is that this narrative about Obama's lack of foreign policy credentials is a right wing talking point that CNN chooses not to examine too closely because it has an interest in a close election. If the media were even handed about the abilities of the two candidates, there's no question that they would be skewering McCain, who, while he has a modicum of charisma when handling a scrum of reporters, does not think very well on his feet when it comes to policies.

    July 29, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. Molly

    Obama is very ARROGANT! Since he will never be elected – who cares who is VP pick is. He is NOT qualified to lead our country – and I will Not vote for him – Millions of Americans feel the same way.

    July 29, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Will from Gaithersburg, MD

    Well, Obama/Kaine 08' it is!

    July 29, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. JimBlanco

    Great, now another FNG that doesn't know what the he!ll he is doing.

    July 29, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Mark Ramsey MD Milwaukee WI

    Hmmmm....I think this is a mistake, senator Obama. You need to choose Hillary as your running mate. 1/2 of the democratic primary voters voted for her. Please listen to the people.

    July 29, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Lisa

    Sorry to ruin your little tea party but this guy will not help Obama win.

    Hillary or Else!

    July 29, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    How about no buzz until the actual event occurs? Slow news day? I mean you've been mum on all the corruption coming out of the current administration for eight years, but that's to be expected thanks to Ronald Reagan’s “National Security Decision Directive 77” in January 1983 that lead to the current abuses using "retired" military personel as medica consultants' to sell an illegal war to the American public. It didn't happen in a vacuum, did it?

    July 29, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. Linda Carpenter, Phoenix, Arizona

    Whomever Sen Obama picks as VP, this great nation of ours will win!
    We will be able to leave behind the 'thirst for blood and war' that has been the ideal of the Bush adminstration and that is carried even farther by John Mc Cain. All McCain talks about is war ! He wants more bombs, even to poison Iranian civilians to death with cigarettes! Those are what he calls jokes- to me, it is his mental illness showing. He is still trying to win the Vietnam War. He was dropping the horrible chemical, napalm, from his bomber in Vietnam! A substance that causes birth defects for 7 generations! Does that make him a hero? He doesn't get history, nor does he get econmomics! He has learned how to play the Swiftboat" games in politics and we want no more of that! Barack Obama is the man of the times. The US needs to change, needs a vision where all of us can succeed, not just the very wealthy.

    July 29, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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