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. MikeH

    The last paragraph of this article unmasks Alexander Mooney as a Republican operative.

    How about it Alex, that last paragraph isn't news, it's an opinion, not offered by any interviewee, but rather by you. Is that your official CNN job?

    July 29, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Ted - Ohio

    OK. Kaine looks fine. They look good together.

    July 29, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. ulysses


    July 29, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. fella from Chicago

    Excellent choice. Kaine would make a good VP for anyone. Too bad he's chosen to be the VP on the losing ballot in November.

    July 29, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. JOHN

    Yesterday, Mccain said on Larry King that a 16 month timetable in Iraq he could support according to the situation on the ground. The first time Mccain spoke about a timetable in Iraq was during an interview with Wolf Blitzer Mccain said that a 16 month timetable was a pretty good idea. CNN didn't put this remark of Mccains on the front cover of its page until he was interviewed on Larry King who asked him about his statement on the Situation Room. I didn't hear this stament on every CNN broadcast but if it was Obama it would have been on every broadcast and on the front page of the website. This is a big deal because until Pres. Bush and Iraqi PM Maliki agreed to a horizon timetable which is clost to Obama's 16 month timetable and PM Maliki himself stating he wanted a 16 month timetable Mccain was arguing a long term stay in Iraq even permanent bases. Mccain was set against any timetable to withdraw from Iraq. Therefore, We heard on every CNN broadcast about Obama's " refine his policies" comment but it took Mccain to have to other interviews, one wih ABC were he denied stating that he said a timetable at all durint the Wolf Blitzer interview and the interview with CNN Larry King before it made front page on the Website. This is a normal practice wih CNN when it comes to Mccain. Mccain has made several gaffes during Obama's trip over seas and but it wasn't spoke of for 3 days or a week but if it was Obama we would still hear the reporters and pundits talk about an Obama gaffe and its just not fair to voters. Voters have to make a decision during this election and if information isn't reported soon enough or when reported doesn't include the whole story how are we supposed to make a decision for the candidate that shares our values and ideas. The Mccain camp wants the media attention than give it to him. Atleast we'll know more about Mccain because theirs allot of flip flops, gaffes, and mistakes of Mccain that voters don't know about because the media only focuses on Obama's. Were watching the shows and reading the articles. We know what we see and hear and we want the coverage and criticism to be fair.

    July 29, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Karen

    I'm confused..(sarcasm). What happened to Kaine saying earlier that he has had “very serious” conversations about possibly becoming Obama’s veep pick?

    All politics....ALL the time. Just like Obama....leeks something through someone else, then says he won't talk about the issue, then backtracks.....I love these "NEW" kind of politics. (more sarcasm).

    July 29, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Jan

    Kaine's 3 years as governor goes with Obama's 3 years in the U.S. Senate. How's that for experience? What an utterly preposterous notion to appoint someone as the CEO of a company (in this case, the U.S.'s top official) with so little experience. We'll get what we deserve. 🙁

    July 29, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. PUMA

    rookie + rookie = defeat

    July 29, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Good choice/Pledge

    Tom Kaine could help us with Virginia and North Carolina. Play the map and win. We need a democrat back in the White House. I know some people think that Joe Biden would be good for National Security but the sad thing is most voters are uneducated and misinformed. I don't understand why people still trust Republicans on National Security after they have disregarded diplomacy and started senseless wars. For whatever ignorant reasons, they just do. McCain will be no different. He will start a war with Iran if elected. Obama should focus on the economy and move on.

    **Democrats- We have some serious ground to make up for because of the bitter people who will vote for McCain in spite of their best interests. Who will pledge to go to the post office and pick up some registration forms this week? We may not all be able to volunteer at Obama offices because of gas prices but we can still help! Register at least 10 of your democratic leaning friends this month! Don't hope for change work for change. Who's with me?

    July 29, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. karen-phoenix

    Evan Bhye is great also! Who every Obama picks will be great!! JUST DO NOT VOTE FOR OLD MC CAIN!!! If mccain gets in it is the end of the United States of America as we know it!!! Out with the old and in with the new!!!! Peace is Patriotic!!!

    July 29, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Leon

    That is great. We need to energize the America people again. With us spending $10 billion a month on a war, anyone on Mr. Obama's short list would be a good VPs. The PUMAs out there, you are Republicans trying to divide the party. Obama will win in November.

    Vote for Change,
    OBAMA '08

    July 29, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. silas

    good job Barack

    July 29, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Dan , TX

    It is not Obama's job to get elected, its our job to elect him.

    Want lower taxes AND a lower budget deficit. The FACTS PROVE Obama is the best choice. Obama lowers your taxes far more than McCain – how can anyone pretend that is not true?

    July 29, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Done with Dems

    This Virginian says take him please!!!


    July 29, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. CM

    Constantly we hear talk about how experience is needed to be president, but does anyone consider how the 'experienced' Chaney, Rumsfeld, etc took our country into an unnecessary and costly war? What is needed is not 'experience' but good judgment. Therefore Gov. Kaine would make a good vice-president if called upon!

    July 29, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. M.S. Indiana

    Mark Ramsey MD Milwaukee WI, and Obama had more then 1/2 the democratic people vote for him, could be NO for them... stupid argument..

    Obama will chose his VP and no one else... and it will be the right choice!

    Dont know to much about this guy, but he seems decent

    July 29, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Annoy the Media, say NO to Obama

    Oh great, 2 nobodys... 2 rookies.

    The end of the dream is here folks… not selecting Hillary for VP will mean that Obama's November chances will start to dimininish. Why? Because many of the die-hard Hillary for VP supporters will loose interest and not vote in November (some will actually vote McCain.)

    July 29, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Leilane

    I wish he picked Hillary, otherwise I will vote for McCain then.

    July 29, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Mike

    Anyone who says Kaine holds the same political philosophy as Obama has no idea what their talking about. Kaine is much, MUCH, more moderate then Obama.

    July 29, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. michael in MO

    One person- one vote.....A pipedream that used to be our Democratic way of life. Alas, our all-knowing, market-driven DNC and their media side show have been driving this bus from the beginning. Despite being the superior and otherwise obvious choice, Hillary Clinton has been trashed – a former First Lady mind you. White guilt is the order of the day – race trumps gender, and it seems easy to trash mouth gender with no consequences in this country. It is for these reasons I vote McCain in Nov. Not voting him, but voting against the policies of my former party.

    July 29, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. larry buchas

    I'm fine with it.

    Hillary supporters,

    Do you want to continue this mess we're in? $482,000,000,000 deficit, NOT INCLUDING IRAQ!.... and counting.

    McCain wants to stay in Iraq. That's $10,000,000,000 per month.

    Do you want to continue Bush III or start cooperating with our allies?

    July 29, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    I like Kaine, but I think he can get more accomplished as the Guv of our state than as VP. I think there are better choices for VP, but in the end, it doesn't move me that much. I mean look at who Bush 1 & 2 got elected with as VPs. the VP choice is overated.

    July 29, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Sane John

    "With Ralph Nader on 17 state ballots today and polling at 5% nationally, why don't you folks who speak of "the most trusted name in news" cover the other candidates?"

    Because the US has 50 states.

    July 29, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. mike

    Wow – talk about two guys from left field with two left feet! Yeah that should inspire confidence in the ticket! HAHAHA!

    July 29, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Shane


    July 29, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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