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. Phil in KC

    I know he's been on the short list for a while, but if he is actually picked, I think it will be a surprise. The only thing he brings to the ticket is VA. He doesn't have foreign policy experience. He doesn't bring a sense of gravitas. And he's not the attack dog type (a role generally delegated to the VP candidate).

    August 21, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Mike, TX

    Stick to the moonshine Kaine.

    August 21, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Donkey Party

    Just say no to Hillary. If she's on the ticket, disenfranchised Republicans who weren't gonna vote will come out in droves because like many of us, they too hate Hillary.

    August 21, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Wake up America


    Obama/Gore 08

    August 21, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. philosopher, alabama



    August 21, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. prince nare

    its going to be hilary, am certain...pple obama is not dumb like oops...l mean obama is a smart guy..he will not mess he chances

    August 21, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Lyn

    I am a Hillary supportor and looks like Obama not going to pick her. No mater what she would say at the Denver, John McCain will 100% sure got myself, my friends and my familly votes.

    August 21, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. philosopher, alabama




    August 21, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. check and checkmate

    Kane and a closet Able. This guy is a looser what he did was ride on the coat tail of Warner. Do you think Kane is anything more than a 1term Gov. what a whimp.

    Obama, your more Able I'm throughing my Lot with a old dog on this.

    Obama (wright) 😉

    Clinton/Warner 2012 😉

    August 21, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Lyn

    Just let Obama knows noone could replace Hillary.

    August 21, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Draft Republicans First

    QUESTIONER: If we don't reenact the draft, I don't think we'll have anyone to chase Bin Laden to the gates of hell.

    MCCAIN: Ma'am, let me say that I don't disagree with anything you said.

    Sign your kids up PUMAS

    August 21, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. obamaton

    i think that the "drop" in poll numbers could be a numbers trick to get Billary on the ticket!

    August 21, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Cynthia

    In most cases none of them really know who the VP pick is and they can only say that they don't know. I like Biden as well because I think he can go into campaigning and take a bite out of Senator McCain and whoever the choses to be his VP. He's tough as well as has experience.

    August 21, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. SUE, Michigan

    If not Hillary, Colin Powell. But my first choice is Hillary.

    August 21, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. Chris in Vermont

    Honestly, I think Clinton as VP would keep more rational people away from the ticket than the number of ignorant PUMAs she would bring back. Go away PUMAs, you only dumb us all down and we don't want to hear your sore loser threats anymore.

    Obama/Kaine '08

    August 21, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. IAMWMD

    If one more of the lying sniper-fire candidate's supporters post a blog I'm gonna puke.

    Change 08

    August 21, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Edith Arkansas

    I pick Colin Powell for VP. That would sell the Presidency for Obama.

    August 21, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. CC Reston VA

    I just got mail! Its Kathleen Sebelius!! It's Kathleen Sebelius!!! Either Obama is a fool for daring to risk feminist anger or he is very brave to make his pick based on his judgement on someone he can really work with. A lady with real leadership executive experience, a lady who fights against lobbyists in Kansas, a lady who is new in Washington and has worked across party lines to win legislation.

    Anyways I guess the ladies will come around quickly because the last time i checked they wanted a qualified VP woman.

    It was there all along and we all missed the ball. Go Obama!!

    August 21, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. John in Ohio

    "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?"

    We're not in Kansas anymore.

    August 21, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. Credit Card Republicans

    Time to take off the gloves and take the nerd Republicans behind the bleachers.

    August 21, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Nathan

    Who is Kaine anyway and what's the deal with his hair?

    August 21, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. jimmy


    August 21, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    Like the muck living James River catfish who are also coy –just prior biting the bait and taking the hook. This guy's hooked and just waiting to be reeled in through the muck.

    August 21, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Tony

    I love how Obama can only generate press with such substanceless hype as sending out his VP choice via email and text message. Anything to avoid talking about how he'd actually implement any of this "CHANGE" that he's been toting around since last year and how any of the weak solutions he's had squeezed out of him would actually solve any problems.

    August 21, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. Done with Dems

    Please take him away from my beautiful state. Please!!!!

    August 21, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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