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. KiloWhiskey

    Who??? This is almost like American reverse. Who can we find that is less known than me?

    August 21, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Marc

    I'm from Virginia. Trust me, Kaine can't deliver this state (commonwealth). He only got elected due to the coat tails of Mark Warner. He doesn't do much other than spend time fighting with the House of Delegates, trying to double traffic tickets for VA drivers, and failing to get a metro deal to Dulles. Bad choice. Needs to be Hillary.

    August 21, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Herndon Resident

    Take Kaine...He is a lousy governor who taxes his way to any problem. He can't even get the transportation nightmare fixed here in Virginia and has been so busy campaigning for NoBama Bin Ladden.

    Please take Kaine!

    August 21, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Sandy


    August 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Gary, Charlottesville, VA

    Junction VA – please explain how Kaine has ruined the economy here, seeing as how we're ranked the number one state in the country to do business.

    August 21, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Hello!!!

    Biden gets BO NO votes.
    Kaine gets BO NO votes.
    A VP is picked for numbers only. He needs votes. We all know who is the only person that can get him votes.

    August 21, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Derek Martin

    I think he is a good guy.

    CNN why are you moderating this.

    August 21, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. pat

    Dedicated and long term Democrat about to jump ship and vote for McCain. The only thing that can save Obama at this point is Hillary. Clinton 2012! The Obama Kids have made a fine mess of this process.Unrealistic Idealism is what the Obama Kids are about – however I choose realism with a positive attitude over it any day. Clinton has what it takes to work hard to get results. McCain 08 – Obama is going down fast – The Obubble has burst.

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

    L I G H T W E I G H T-–R U N N I N G--A W A Y---F R O M--–

    B U D G E T-–D E F I C I T S

    August 21, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Greg

    Take the idiot, we Virginian's don't want him anyway.

    August 21, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Beverly, NYC

    The MSM should stop acting like 2 year olds asking about Christmas in October. We will all know the VP choices soon enough.

    August 21, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Glenn; Bakersville, NC.

    I still say Kathleen Sebelius from Kansas or Nancy Pelosi would be the best VP choice. He needs a woman with leadership abilities and no major skeletons in the closet. Give Hillary the speaker position, and that takes Bill out of the equation all together. You have to get away from the experience mindset, as it reeks of the status quo DC politics. Just my thoughts, but I'm just one of the little people.

    August 21, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Mike - Texas

    Oh good, somebody with less experience than Obama.

    August 21, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Obamalism

    How obvious would it be if Obama picked Kaine that he's ONLY doing it for the chance to win Virginia.

    August 21, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Obama should choose Biden.

    He needs an attack dog to tear into McCain/Bush and his other cronies.

    Clinton would be abn attack dog too, but Biden would be better.

    August 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Brian, New York

    Kaine would be an excellent choice Obama....Hopefully he would help you carry Virginia..I do like that Powell idea, but I am not sure if America is ready for one black man, let alone 2.

    August 21, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. mel

    Good vp coice also for Obama.Kaine will be a good fix if
    he's the one.McCain needs to be shown that negative
    campaign is not what voter want.

    August 21, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Elly

    I hope they know how absurd McSame looks when he tries to paint
    Obama as an elitist
    Obama would have to go many years to catch up to the wealth the MCCains have
    watch the great revealing show on MCSame and Obama by John King and suzanne Melville you will learn alot!!! excellent shows by both!!!
    Senator Obama worked hard to get what he has in life so he can relate to the average american and their hardships
    McCain has had wealth for years
    I ask you in all fairness WHO is the elitist here…Certainly NOT Obama

    August 21, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. John B. From New Hampshire

    funny, i thought hillary pledged to do everything in her power to get OBAMA elected. Where has she been, other than fundraiser's to squash her campaign debt and pushing to get her own name in nomination. Selfish much?!?!?!?!

    August 21, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The life McCain has led would put the average person in prison. Whoever heard of a respectful public figure married and living with his wife and files for a marriage license to another woman. McCain did it and further stated he doesn't know why he cheated on Carol.

    August 21, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Carmon Minneapolis MN

    All the people who are going to vote for McCain. We will see how funny this is when your son or daughter get drafted for the war in Iran. My son is only 6 so he will be ok but all of you who have kids over 18 will be less fortunate.

    August 21, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Unify

    I am so NOT surprised by McCain's response to not knowing how many houses he owns. This is one filthy rich politician running an old-school filthy negative campaign financed by the filthy rich US oil industry, and if elected will do a filthy job of it.

    I cannot for the life of me understand where he would get the stones to call Obama an elitist!?!?!? There is a spot on McCain's Mansions on youtube that shows just how many houses and how rich he is.

    August 21, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Ex-Republican for Obama

    He's not my first choice, but I have to say, I'm liking his sense of humor coupled with his ability to speak back to Karl Rove, and not just speak back, but actually put the traitor in his place and identify his inadequacies along with that of the Republican Party.

    Go Kaine, you have won me over.

    August 21, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. son of liberty

    Where is the coverage of the other candidates? Is CNN lazy, incompetent or biased? Both Obama and McCain and the rest of the demopublicains are a bunch of collectivist thugs.

    August 21, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. Donna in ID

    I see that they have started closing out postings in a couple of articals at the 70' and 80's postings, that I think are more important than some of these. Doesn't seem like CNN wants anyone from the West to do any early commenting since we are 3 hrs different and not everyone is up at 4 or 5 AM
    This guy seems like he and Obama would fit just great with their spending ideas.

    August 21, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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