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. mike s.

    Perfect: a first-term senator and a first-term governor. That ticket will definitely go down in history as the thinnest of thin resumes.

    McCain '08.

    July 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Bill

    Nunn is the right man for the job,if he'll take it. Very well know for his international expertize and his work on national defense.Was a well regarded senator from Ga. Perfect fit for the job

    July 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. David, Silver Spring, MD

    The only question: Is Kaine able?

    July 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Billw

    "Obama is very ARROGANT! "

    They say arrogance often precedes a fall. In any event, his background (friends with Ayers (an unrepentent terrorist) and the anti-American racist and Farrahkan supporter Wright cause concern. That along with his father being muslim and his writings in his books make many wonder if he has muslim leanings and/or ties. This will be a big factor amoung the "undecided" voters.

    July 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Dave C - NJ

    Does this SAME OLD STORY sound familiar???

    "Obama is arrogant." A little vague folks.

    "We are sick of the rock star treatment." Rock stars are white with long hair. Obama is treated well because he deserves it.

    "Obama has no experience." Want experience? Vote for Dick Cheney. I rather take a Democratic dog catcher than GOP goon with 100 years "experience."

    "Hillary supporters will never vote for Obama." Whatever. Hillary is voting for him so grow up. Besides, Hillary got into office because of her husband. Just like W got there cause of his daddy.

    July 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Rick

    Meanwhile Bill "Einstein" Richardson is sitting like a dog hoping for some table scraps just waiting to be asked and, at the rate it's going, he may be the last man standing.

    July 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. AA

    Has anyone noticed the gas prices are starting to come down and right before the election. This was all planned by Bush, McCain and the republicans to use it like mind control. Think of all the companies that went out of business due to the high fuel prices. This is all republican controlled. Why would the prices be coming down just before the election. The republicans are like criminals.

    July 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    I would like to have seen Senator Jim Webb of Virginia become Obama's V.P., given his strong military background.

    July 29, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. TyWebb

    I doubt Kaine will be selected. As for two rookies, well, we saw what the experienced "dream team" did for us over the last several years.

    July 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Abbey

    Yeah right, Obama was VERY active as a US senator, unfortunately it was running for Pres., not showing up to vote. McCain and HRC are also guilty of this. Shouldn't we taxpayers be getting more for our money than one appearance now and then?

    July 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Anonymous


    he needs an attck dog, biden is an attack dog

    July 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Sara

    I do not like this ticket. I prefer Clinton, Richardson or Biden. Clinton is my first choice as I sopported her in the primary, but any of those three would make me very happy.

    July 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. frakers

    Carl from MI,

    That idea is optimistic at best ! I am one of a rather large group of "Undecided" voters (who meet locally) and who were initially, mostly, leaning towards voting for Obama. The more we've seen and heard from/about him, we are all almost exclusively NOT considering him to be our choice. It's interesting that each time we get together and discuss different issues, the more and more people who seem to have had a "He's not my guy" turning point for any number of reasons. Not the least of which is his inability to pick to one side of an issue and stick with it, which seems to be the most frequent problem people are having regarding him and its HUGE.

    July 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |

    something tells me Obama wouldnt seriously do this – two relatively "new" politicians...not the smartest thing, especially when there are too many people concerned with Obama being too inexperienced. He really has to pick someone with experience, preferably Foreign Policy experience (or economic experience).

    I know its been said a million times, but Colin Powell would be the perfect choice...but...i doubt it would go that route. The funniest part about Powell as VP – i would make a lot of people who have said "its not that Obama is Black, its that he's inexperienced...i would vote for Colin Powell in a heart beat" put their vote where their mouth is.

    July 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Anita from Arizona

    Some people get confused with the difference between Confidence and Arrogance. It all depends on how you look at it. Did anyone else hear that McCain flipped on troop withdrawal and raising taxes?? Yep, he said raising the social security taxes is an option on the table and a withdrawal "HORIZON" by 2010 sounds reasonable. MMMMMM, sounds familiar. So lets see, flipped on off shore drilling, social security taxes, immigration, troop withdrawal or HORIZON. Did I mention McCain received record donations from Oil Companies after he flipped on drilling? McCain top economic advisor resigns for comments stating "a nation of whiners", Bush administration is following the same idea with Iran on diplomacy and adding troops in Afganistan.

    Can someone, anyone, give me some reason why I should vote for McCain? I haven't found any truth to what he is saying at all. I don't trust him at all.

    These are all facts. What experience are you GOPs talking about??

    July 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. ex-Republican for Obama

    Sounds great to me. Obama '08

    July 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Mike in MN

    Never heard of Kaine. But Obama should pick Hillary, so the two can loose together. Democrates throw their two best(?) at McCain and still lose!
    The two most recent polls show McCain is now in the lead. Rasmussen Tracking shows Obama up by just +1 and USA Today/Gallup show McCain up by +4. Don't see any bump for Obama's overseas vacation tour. Even with the press love affair with Obama, McCain is overtaking him. Even with a huge advantge in campaign contributions, Obama is losing. Since Hilliary as VP would help rally MCCain supporters even more, here's for a Hillary VP bump for McCain. Go McCain!!!!

    July 29, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. VP

    Sure hope Obama picks a VP that Hillary supporters will like (beside her that is) – so that if Obama gets to be President and he starts screwing up big time, which he will, we can call for his impeachment early on. So, come on Obama, pick a good one.

    July 29, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. john williams san diego, ca.

    confusion reigns in the Democratic Party...a first term Senator and a first term Governor, is that all you have to offer???

    July 29, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. obama is unfit to be president of this country

    The blind leading the blind.

    July 29, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    I for one, trust Sen. Obama & his advisors to choose the best possible VP. You can't make everyone happy...... all you have to do is read some of the comments above to know that there are sad,unhappy, miserable people on this planet who will never be happy with any choice!

    To ALL who would rather vote for McCain because Hillary is not the nominee, please consider THINKING about your choice. Because OUR NATION CAN NOT AFFORD MORE REPUBLICAN RULE!









    July 29, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. John

    "I would have guessed that Obama would have chosen a European (French or German) after his recent trip there. After all, they are not "bitter or cling to guns" like us Americans." – Mike, TX

    Yeah, maybe they aren't as ignorant (or perhaps just over sensitive) as Mike in Texas, too.

    July 29, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. mmckay

    Little Lulu – someone had to apologize for the mess W (orst) has created! I am glad Obama had the guts to do it! If Obama chooses to run with a "yellow dog" it will be a far cry better than what we have today! Go Obama!

    July 29, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Debra Austin, Texas

    A lot of PUMA puffery I see on the blogs. Frankly, we've already written you off, so go and play with Gramps and lose the right to choose; lose health care; social security; and numerous other safety nets. Fine, you say you can wait until 2012. You don't know what will happen in that time and I so sincerely hope you don't get cancer or need an abortion in that time frame. Good luck!

    July 29, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Tracey

    I'm sick and tired of all you people that keep talking about experience to be president. The only people that have experience are the ones that have already been president. Wake up, it is time for change. If not you all can live in your car because you lost your home and your job and you can't drive around because the gas will be to high.

    July 29, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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