August 21st, 2008
09:53 AM ET
15 years ago

Kaine plays coy . . . again

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gov. Kaine campaigned for Sen. Obama in Leesburg, Virginia last week."]
(CNN) - As the veepstakes continue to dominate headlines, plenty of politicians have made it clear they’re not going to be on the Democratic ticket this fall. But with the final announcement perhaps just hours away, one of the men rumored to be at the top of Barack Obama’s VP shortlist declined a chance to clarify his own status.

Asked by CNN American Morning’s John Roberts whether the fact that he’d agreed to an interview at the height of the pre-announcement frenzy meant he would not be Obama’s running mate, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine demurred.

“You’ll just have to hear from the campaign, and they’ll make the announcement when [they’re] ready,” said Kaine.

Is Kaine still on the list? “I’ll go back to that answer,” said Kaine. “I’ll call that taking the fifth or something. Hear from the campaign, John. They’ll let us all know when they want to.”

Kaine also would not say whether or not he had been through the VP vetting process. “I’m going to stick with the first answer. It’s been flattering to be mentioned. My mom in Kansas City loves it when someone will talk about me as VP.”

Obama and Kaine are scheduled to campaign together in Virginia today.

Filed under: Tim Kaine • Veepstakes
soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. NoMcSame

    White spin is in the mix. How can Old Man Mcsame with 26yrs as a Senator be the underdog to a junior Senator like Obama. If Obama is close or even with McSame I think that Mcsame should be the one that has to worry. A little known Senator as they call him is in the hunt for the most powerful position in the world and Mcsame with more time behind him than in front has to worry? Go figure that. Could it be that he did not do a thing the whole 26yrs that he has been in office but eat lunch on us. He should be miles ahead but no,he even had to take the republicanlow line of politics and syart the smearing and lying to at least stay in the race. So stop the spin and tell it like it is when you come out with you polls.

    August 21, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. zorro

    A popular southern governor? A proven possibility.
    Obama may have learned a degree from Clinton University.

    August 21, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Dem for Unity

    This is all fun. I think we are in for a good ride my fellow dems.

    August 21, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam

    There is a slam dunk selection that lives in Northern Virginia.

    This selection would rock the world.

    Not Kaine
    Not Warner (or Warner)
    Not Webb

    It's Colin Powell to be announced by text message on Tuesday evening right after the convention closes.

    Then immediately following the Republican Convention, announce that Hillary Clinton would serve as Secretary of Health & Human Services & that Joe Biden or Gov. Richardson will be Secretary of State

    August 21, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. DAVID




    August 21, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Linda from Prescott AZ

    I hope the Senator from Illinois makes his announcement soon. This story of who each of them will pick is getting long in the tooth.

    August 21, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Debby

    Who cares already, if its not going to be Hillary there is no one on the list that will help this failing ticket.

    August 21, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    I like Tim Kaine, I am a Roman Catholic and of course, like my 'own' people. However, Joe Biden would be brilliant!

    August 21, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Joe

    This is really getting ridiculous and juvenile. Why are these guys doing interviews when the only question that's going to be asked is if they are the nominee and they refuse to say? Just stay home and sit back until the nominee is announced. Quit playing games, it's not funny and it's absolutely annoying. Politicians need to GROW UP!

    August 21, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Ted

    Pick Kaine! He looks like a used car salesman. She be able to fill Cheney's shoes.

    Plus maybe the old and stupid Americans will read Kaine and think they are voting for McCain and you can pick up a few votes.

    August 21, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Jane

    Kaine is corrupt.

    It will be great exposing this moron if he becomes VP.


    Kaine will be the end of Obama, count on it.

    August 21, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. Marie

    Doesn't matter who he picks, when you have got John McCain not knowing how many homes he owns.

    Remember people what the Bush/Cheney team did to oil prices. Imagine what the McLame/? team will do to your beer prices?

    I cannot imagine that Cindy McCains stake in a beer empire will have any impact on your beer prices. Save Beer-Save America-Vote Obama!

    August 21, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. R.I.F.

    What about the comment Kaine made this morning hitting McCain on the fact that yestarday he couldn't remember how many houses he and Cindy own? Why do you always report every slam that McCain or his surrogates make on Obama, but dont report half of the slams that the Obama does to McCain?

    Obama '08

    August 21, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. nan

    I hope he's not on the list – he brings NOTHING to the ticket.

    Obama needs Hillary Clinton for VP, she's the only one that will help his falling poll numbers.

    Otherwise, we can add McCain to the long list of Republican Presidents that continue to win.

    August 21, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. TonyS

    An Obama -Kaine ticket would look like two rookies trying to play in the big leagues. Obama should pick Biden or Bayh, 2 Democrats who voted for the war in Iraq.

    August 21, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Elaine, Chicago

    Curious, Tim Kaine has never mentioned where his mother lived before. The Kansas City suburbs are a battleground area for older white female votes. Is Kaine trying to send a covert message to older white women...."You may not get Hillary but my Mom is one of you?"

    August 21, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    If Mark Warner is going to deliver the opening speech at the DNC, does Kaine actually believe he is still and VP contender? Get real man.

    August 21, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. Mark Cross Junction VA

    People you are in for a rude awakening if this idiot is picked! He has killed the economy in Virginia.

    August 21, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. Tennessee Mike

    Kaine is a dolt, Biden is a bitter old man, and Evan Bayh is somewhat feminine.

    I belive BO will go with any of them, they're losers like him.

    August 21, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. Dittohead High School

    Kaine is good, just wish we had more LEGAL citizens to vote in this election and give their opinions.

    August 21, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Susan

    If not Hillary for veep, Obama will continue to lose in the polls. Pick Hillary so he can win!

    Obama/Hillary 08

    August 21, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |

    I like Kane but prefer Biden – in any event Obama is our President.

    August 21, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. B.J.

    He can't pick Kaine...he looks like the tin man from Wizard of Oz. How are you going to win the midwest with no heart?

    August 21, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Nikki, Florida


    August 21, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |

    If all the Clinton supporters would donate $5.00 to her "pay off the campaign debt" fund they would demonstrate to me that they are more than just talk and hot air. Otherwise, fall in line with party.

    The bottom line is if you vote republican or not at all you risk the following:

    1. reinstitution of the draft
    2. increased deficit and an ongoing imbalance in international trade
    3. jobs will continue to be shipped overseas
    4. inflation will continue to rise
    5. Once the offshore leases are signed, a republican will put alternative fuels on the back burner and it won't happen
    6. Women will loose the next Roe V Wade legal battle once a republican puts a pro-life judge on the bench;
    7. There won't be a comprehensive immigration policy. Money will be thrown to companies that supported the republican party to institute controls and plans that won't work; and
    8. Corporate America will get richer; the top 5% of which McCain is a part will get richer and the rest of us ................

    If you were going to vote for Clinton and would now vote republican or not at all these are several of the issues that will affect each of us on a personal level you place at risk. Will you cut off your nose to spite your face?

    August 21, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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