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. Oregon here

    I am hoping that Obama will pick anyone but another Senator because the Dems need all of the numbers that they have there and then some in order to make things work. Perhaps a House Rep or Gov or maybe even an average person.

    Obama 08

    on another note: Roadside vendors in Oregon are reporting that they have been told that people are being PAID to go across the country telling people not to vote for Obama. I happen to know a couple of these folks and they told them that they had better be careful here in Oregon because this is Demoncrats Country. People beware of the traveling circus that calls itself McCain supporters.

    Obama 08

    July 29, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Helene

    Looks like an excellent choice. Obama will win !

    July 29, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Ted - Ohio

    Kaine rhymes with McCain...Obama will need to make sure people don't get confused!!!!

    July 29, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Dean P Valencia Ca

    Obama's head is so big he'll never pick Hillary b/c he thinks he can make it on his own. Just goes to show what a losing choice Dems made. As usual, they found a way to blow it in an election year that should be a cakewalk!

    Hillary 2012

    July 29, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Ben

    The republicans' descent into madness continues.
    Most of you sound like you're about to go on a shooting spree like that one "liberal hater" recently did in Tennessee. I may disagree with some conservative policies, but I don't hate conservatives. What's wrong with you people?

    July 29, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. F. Lynn

    He's great but I like Paulentonno, she's sharp – southern connected and would make a great president one day. She comes form a moderate conservative GOP family adding balance. By the why, she's a good govenor too.

    July 29, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Kenn Moss

    Oh, heck. People have never heard of the guy.!

    Pick Bill Richardson, who will balance the ticket very well.

    July 29, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Jon

    Note how so many of those complaining that Obama is inexperienced didn't say a peep when George W. was elected.

    July 29, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. David

    Sorry, Gov. Kaine, but it's not really the Obama campaign's choice. That's just what the public is led to believe. The choice is made by the elites on the CFR and Biderbergs. If you don't know who I'm talking about then you need to Google it and find out who really runs things.

    July 29, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Tom, Flagstaff AZ

    The conservative cro-magnons are getting worried. (Has anyone ever thought of doing some political research: the average i.q. of registered Republicans compared to the average i.q. of registered Democrats? I predict at least a 15 point difference in favor of the Democrats.)

    July 29, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Scared in SC

    Just what we need – two men with an average of 2 years experience between them!

    July 29, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Cathy

    It's sad that some of the Clinton supporters' are so malice. I respect the fact that you support Clinton but she is not the nominee...Obama is the Democratic nominee. At the end of the day all democrats need to unite behind Obama if we want America to be a strong nation again. If Clinton runs again in the future, despite the tension between the supporters, I’m sure true democrats will not forget the unity of Clinton and Obama supporter in the 2008 election.

    All Democrats want a better economy, to get our troops home, get this country back on track and become the powerful nation we once were. AT THE END OF THE DAY, CLINTON AND OBAMA SUPPORTERS WANT THE SAME THING!!!! This back n’ forth and playground fighting may end up putting McCain into office. Under McCain, America will continue on the current path for the next four years...no where but down. Even Webster Tarpley (a strong Clinton supporter) admits that "McCain will be a tired lame duck in office".

    If McCain wins, at the end of the day both Clinton and Obama supporters will lose…Americans and America will lose. I find it shameful and just disappointing that some Clinton supporters would sacrifice the rest of the country's well being just because your candidate of choice didn't win.

    Stop the madness and unite!

    Democrats '08!!!!

    July 29, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Paul

    PUMAs are laughing their heads off as the list of potential running mates gets smaller and smaller and the list of the "previously asked and derclined" get larger and larger. Two and one half months until the general election will be the end of the Nobama presidency. Time- Nobama's worse enemy!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. David

    BTW, no change is coming.

    July 29, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. mwm

    i just came from his website after reading his biography.he has already implemented many of obama's positions on a state level,and has had great success.the man is a jewel!while the rest of the nation is going to hell in a handbasket,virginia has been doing better and better in so many areas of government services.i recommend everyone go to his site ,before spouting your spin,and research for yourself what a wonderful job he has done for his state.he would be a good choice.

    July 29, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Matt: honestly

    and hear the Pumas ROAR with anger! hahaha

    July 29, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Nick

    He doesn't need anyone. He is so full of himself and thinks that he is a already a president.
    So much empty words, speeches, and then words again and speeches...
    I think the next thing on Obamas agenda is to have a speech on everything...ha ha...

    July 29, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. BR

    Pick a guy with favorable ratings just above 50%. He may not even carry VA with that, so go ahead and pick him. Libs are so delusional that America really wants Obama

    July 29, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Shelly Lee

    Why can't any of you people get it?

    We want Hillary Clinton on that ticket, and if she isn't, Mr. Obama may as well count his days of ever getting to the White House over!

    July 29, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. VA Democrats For McCain

    Yay!!!!!!!!!! Nominate Kaine, he won't help the ticket. He's a do nothing governor who has accomplished nothing except raiding our highway trust fund for $180 million to pay for his pet non-transportation projects and then a month later says he needs $5 billion for roads. Two losers without a single accomplishment between them and no foreign policy experience either. This is a GREAT day for the McCain campaign.

    July 29, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Dave

    No Hillary, No Obama!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Lola

    Who will be with you Mr. Good choice/Pledge?
    It seems like 30% of 18,000,000 Hillary supporters are silence on your desperate call for Obama. Most of Hillary supporters are very independent and they are not easy to be brain-washed!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Robert Yunk

    I'd rather he pick Chuck Hagel

    July 29, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. J-STIZLE

    At this point , the Rethuglican Party has screwed things up so bad
    in this country ....... Obama could choose Fidel Castro as his running mate ..... and WIN !!!!! People are DEMANDING change ..... and I'm not
    talking SMALL change. I will be soooooooooo glad to see the looks on the faces of Sean Hannity / Bill O'reilly the day after the election.
    They will be SHOCKED to see just how OUT OF STEP they have been with the American people. Their look of total DISGUST will be PRICELESS !!!!

    July 29, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Beto

    Kaine, eh? Kaine? A fragmented democratic party will now become even more splintered as they start asking....Kaine?! Go ahead, vote for Obama. These are the kind of decisions he makes, and the kind of advice he takes. McCain looks even better every day.

    July 29, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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