August 20th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama: Kaine doing such a great job

Obama spoke highly of vice presidential contender Tim Kaine on Wednesday.

Obama spoke highly of vice presidential contender Tim Kaine on Wednesday.

(CNN) – After giving a shout out to perceived vice presidential shortlister Sen. Joe Biden on Tuesday, Obama praised another leading contender, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, while campaigning Wednesday in the southern part of the state.

With former Virginia governor – and U.S. Senate candidate – Mark Warner at his side, Obama applauded the two governors for the worked they’ve done to make cars more fuel-efficient.

“We’ve got to partner with our governors to come up with these plans the way that Mark Warner did such a wonderful job when he was governor and the way that Tim Kaine is currently doing such a great job as governor of Virginia.”

Kaine and Biden are believed to be the frontrunners for Obama’s number 2 spot along with Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh. Further fueling speculation that Kaine could get the nod, the campaign announced that he will host a town hall with Obama Thursday in a Richmond suburb.

Obama was in Martinsville, Virginia Tuesday to discuss the economy and in addition to slamming former McCain economic advisor Sen. Phil Gramm’s infamous “mental recession” comments, Obama continued to tie the Arizona senator to President Bush.

“Let’s face it, he has a compelling biography, he is a POW, and so that’s what people kind of think about instead of focusing on the fact that he wants to continue the same economic policies that George Bush has been doing for the last 8 years,” said Obama. “So my job in this election is to say I honor his service but I don’t honor his policies and I don’t honor his politics.”

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soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Enlightened Voter

    Raymond Duke – Raymond, raymond, raymond. Remember it was Hillary who said that white, uneducated people voted for her my love. That is a fact, so stop with your usual trash talking and try and tell the truth for once. And yes, we've read your blogs and indeed think you are a racist, uneducated, unenlightened moron.

    August 20, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Candy West Virginia

    Writing in Hillary on November Ballot – hey you morin, why hasn't mccain released his VP choice yet??!!! He has been campaigning singularly a lot longer than Obama. God, what ignorant folks you are. You can't even think of why you hate Obama, you just know that you do. I think mccain would probably be a worse president than bush in alot of ways, besides being ghetto minded but I don't hate the jerk. Jeez!

    August 20, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Jeffrey Eckman

    If he doesn't pick Hillary he is a bad decision maker and loses my vote. I will give him the benefit of the doubt until he makes a stupid decision. Not putting her on the ticker is a stupid decision. He is running for president of the US not prom king.

    August 20, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Lucieann

    Great! Obama! Now stop praising John McCain!! He is not your friend! McCain is getting nothing but "praise" in the media, in the frm of "Puff-pieces" like CNN is doing.......Show your contrast Barack.....Show McCain for the mythological creature he truly is!! He is no "hero", except maybe in his own mind!! And he had a "call to serve", purely on ambition!!!

    August 20, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Dan, IL

    Michael Phelps could be Obama's VP and it wouldn't matter. Although it would double Obama's foreign policy experience with Phelp's time spent in China for the Olympics.

    August 20, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Dan, TX

    I agree with McCain. Lower taxes for corporations and people making over $500,000 every year and pay for it by raising taxes on people making less than $100,000 a year. It is brilliant!

    Obama thinks that by giving all the tax breaks to people making less than $100,000 a year that they'll spend it all paying off their debts and buying things from their local businesses. What nonsense! Only rich people can save our economy. The little people should be on their knees thanking us rich people that we give them jobs.

    August 20, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. American for Peace


    August 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Alice Brinkley


    August 20, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. anonymous

    Susan – guess you've not been paying attention again. With or without HRC, NOBAMA is already losing at the polls!

    August 20, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. anonymous

    Seems like Obama is trying to keep the public confused as to his choice as VP. Trying to keep people guessing. Well, just think if he gets in the White House what it is going to be like. He is not going to know which end is up and what the left and right hand are doing. Everyone else will be running the show. He might has well throw in the towel.. Good loser.

    August 20, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Ted:Canada

    CNN it is unfortunate that a Canadian has to tell you who the VP will be – but here will be Hillary.

    Send me a thank you message after it is confirmed!!

    Obama and Hillary will destroy the Repubs in this election.

    McCain is still fighting his personal war in Vietnam. See if you can help him get some psychological help. It will be alright once he finally comes to learn that the war is over!

    August 20, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. anonymous

    What are we voting for? Sound like the biggest bunch of garbage. Regardless of who wins, they are going to have their hands full. It doesn't matter which party wins. This country wants strong leadership. You can't make everyone happy. A lot of this unnecessary garbage trickled down from the CLINTON years. Read your history. What a headache. We sure do not want that repeated.
    Sounds like the White House is competing in the Olympics.

    August 20, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Sylvia

    Obama, will you stop saying "I honor his service, but". You are kissing his butt and at the same time attacking him. PLEASE, do not contradict yourself and attack him for who he really is. It's bugging the hell of me that you have to praise him first.

    August 20, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Brian

    Kaine has less experience than Obama, which is little. I don't get it!

    August 20, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. Nimi from NY

    Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.

    A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even tempered.

    A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his opinion.

    He who answers before listening –that is his folly and his shame

    August 20, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. ernso colin


    August 20, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. Chris from NY

    EXPERIENCE DOESN’T GUARANTEE GOOD JUDGMENT. OTHERWISE PEOPLE WOULD NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE OVER AND OVER AGAIN. McCain has consistently shown poor judgment both in the senate and this campaign trail. HE IS TRIGGER HAPPY. Always ready to go to war. May be he is at war with himself. The reason why the media has not called him on his rants is what I can’t seem to fathom.

    August 20, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Rob indetroit

    IT's time , it's time, it is time, for SEN. OBama to break the baseballbat,
    and go to work on John MCcrazy's knees, he must pick HRC, as running mate, so she can lay the smack down on the republicans.

    August 20, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  19. JF

    Obama neds to step down NOW and let a REAL leader take charge. The job of running the most powerful country in the world should not be handed over to a kid who has to ask his wife and his mother what he should do.
    The game of lets pretend to be president is OVER!!
    Our country needs a REAL LEADER and Obama is NOT qualified to lead this country.

    August 20, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. ron

    OBAMA in desperate need of VP. going down in polls.needs someone to prop him up. McCain going up in polls, justs needs someone who won't drag him down. where is that smugness now? the great obama reduced to scrambling for a running mate that will help him win the election. can't do it on his own. you can fool some of the people ect.

    August 20, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. BKoi

    Senator Obama , Senator McCain has enjoyed years and years of gratitude from the American people ! He demands it, and constantly talks about it. Enough already, why is he more deserving than the thousands of soldiers that never made it home, are suffering terribly as we speak! What about the families that suffer everyday in ways we can't imagine ? He is responsible for a horrific war that should never have been! Who the hell is this guy who says YOU have 'nt the judgement to be Commander in chief? He does not have an original idea ! Read Jack Cafferty's column, about McCain, it's right on the money ! Beware this man !

    August 20, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  22. ernso colin


    August 20, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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