August 21st, 2008
12:30 PM ET
13 years ago

VP tracking: Obama, Kaine meet

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(CNN) - For those in the business of examining each of Barack Obama's moves for a potential hint of who will be named the Democratic VP, buzz circulated after the Illinois senator held a private meeting with Virginia Governor Tim Kaine and his staff Thursday morning.

Watch: Ed Henry on the Obama VP pick

Both men were mum on what was discussed, and Kaine - considered to be among those at the top of Obama's VP shortlist - wouldn't comment on whether he was offered the coveted position.

"I'm going to let the campaign speak for the campaign," Kaine said, and later refused to indicate whether he had been ruled out for the position. "He visited with my staff just to basically say hi to them and thank them for all their hard work."

Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the presumptive Democratic nominee also took a photo with Kaine's staff before the two headed to a campaign event in Chester, Virginia.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Tim Kaine
soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. Tim in NC

    As much as I SERIOUSLY DISLIKE her, to put it mildly, nothing would reinvigorate his campaign like bringing Hillary on board as the VP.

    August 21, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Bill A.

    Obama needs Cliinton like he needs another hole in his head! If she has that much juice, how come she is on the outside looking in??

    August 21, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. deborah

    I am so sad too see that the sexist Obamanation is still NEG on Sen Clinton. Since 51% of Americans are FEMALE, sexism affects far more of our population than any other "ism". And yet is supported by so many women that it is really sickening.

    August 21, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Louverture1804

    At this point, I think Obama needs Clinton. Obama went from "inspiration" to "U.S. Senator running for president". The spark that was there in the beginning is fading.

    August 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Tim

    Hey Obama in NC...I guess you could also say ...a lot of Obama's supporters are racist as well because they made their choice on the race of the individual.

    August 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Saad from NJ

    Kaine reminds me of my favorite person Al Gore.... same personality, same style... great for VP or anything and everything except for the President.

    August 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Tennisguypitt

    I don't care who's the VP. I'll vote for him either way.

    Obama '08

    August 21, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. P Carter

    Did anyone hear McCain yesterday in his town hall meeting? McCain agreed with a woman that we need to generate the Draft?

    August 21, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Moderate Democrat, New York

    Obama is supposed to announce his running mate on Saturday. Isn't he supposed to be with Hillary in the Granite State on Saturday?

    August 21, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. MACY

    HE WIILL BE SO STUPID NOT TO PICK HILLARY CLINTON . WIN FIRST THE ARROGANT ASIDE RUSH LIMBOUGH IS SCARED OF HILLARY

    August 21, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Silo

    This would be a great pick! Because two inexperienced pols with no national security background is better than one!

    August 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. the Lorax

    Just go with Hillary! Together they will bring everlasting peace and prosperity and their love child will go on to cure cancer.

    or go with General Clarke, I'm telling you, we're going to need a president who knows how to shoot a gun.

    August 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. vic nashville,Tn

    I won’t consider any ticket with inexperience candidate on the top

    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    August 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Raymond K Hessel

    Whatever hallucinogenics HISPANIC FOR MCCAIN is on I definitely want to get some of it.

    August 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Mike in TX

    It's Hillary or bust! Obama / Kaine? Obama / Biden? Get real... if that happens, save the bumper stickers – they may be as valuable as Dole / Kemp some day!

    August 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. proud army and navy mom

    To Lisa:

    you said pick Hillary or Mccain. I pick neither.

    You fake democrats/cowardly repugs will not make Sen Obama pick old girl. You might as well take your meds and lie down.

    August 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Tom, ALBUQUERQUE, NM

    Either Obama pick Hillary or this democrat will vote for McCain.

    August 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. Jo

    Obama could win without Hillary Clinton as the vp on the ticket but if he puts her on the ticket then he will win. She is the only person who can excite the rest of the democratic party and it is that significant number of electorate which will guarantee his election. This is not an election with national poll numbers meaning anything. It will come down to as always a small number of voters in a few states. FL, OH, MI, NV, CO, MN, NH and MO. Clinton can help Obama in FL, OH, MI, NV ,NH and MO. There is not another candidate who can and that is why he needs her on the ticket.

    He can gamble with Kaine, Biden or Bayh or he can win with Clinton.

    August 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Texan going independent

    Good gosh, all you juvenile nimrods who think you are so cute & clever with your little names for McCain. Do you know how stupid and childish you sound? It's scary to think you may be our "future" generation. Grow up, people. Act like adults or get off the blog.

    I don't support McCain. I don't think I can support Obama. But I don't need to call either of them childish names to make me think I'm so superior or cool. You just look juvenile & ignorant with that stuff.

    August 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Carla,Citrus FL

    Obama will commit "Political Career Suicide" if he doesn't select Hillary. That 11% we see waiting in the wings...yeah that's the Hillary supporters waiting on him to make the right choice. If he doesn't go with her, then he will always be known as "The only black candidate to be selected by a major political party" he will lose it and he will lose any notariaty that HE worked so hard to get. I pray that he doesn't make that STUPID mistake.

    August 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Tim in NC

    Eddie Blake:

    Are you friggin nuts! Despite having thrown the Constitution in the paper shredder and engaging in SO many acts that should be concidered War Crimes, the President cannot institute ANY law, and even if Obama were, as you lying Republicans like to try to paint him as, an adherent to Islam, you've got both houses of congress, the supreme court, AND the Constitution 9which will be reinstated as Bush leaves office) to deal with... so,

    Bottom line: SHUT UP YOU IGNORANT HATE-MONGER.

    August 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. jt

    McCain is not a warmonger.

    But McCain will protect American inerest aound the world.

    On the other hand, Obama more than likely more concern about making people like Kadafhi or Mamoudinijad (Iran) or Chavez or other bad guys happy.

    Obama approach to lead the world is dangerous.

    McCain is safer.

    August 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Liberal Hawk (independant)

    Better pick Biden or Hillary or your sunk... Biden is the only reasonable choice. If you really want a VP that is effective. What to do? who to vote for if Obama picks anywone else. Cant vote for McCain as he is now without question a jerk and sold his soul to be president.

    August 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. Spencer in LA

    I love it........

    McCain is for Nuclear transport and reprocessing, just not through Arizona. HYPOCRITE!!!

    He said yesterday he is for a new Draft!! HYPOCRITE!!

    He is in big Oils Pocket!!!

    He is OLD!!

    HE is the angry old man on the porch yelling at youngsters to get off his lawn.

    All this drama about the polls means nothing. Its just says that conservative right wing pro lifers came home with the Saddelback promises that McCain made. All the Independents are still ripe for the picking.

    With McCain and the Right now on the defensive, its all over. Its hard to politic around the cold hard truth isn't it McCain!

    August 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Nate

    If anyone takes a look around and realizes what the republicans have done to this country how is McCain even a consideration. McCain will start us inevitably down the path to WW3. Peope really need to stop and think. McCain's crown achievement was being a POW-that's his platform. He is exactly like Bush in that his family put him into politics and that's how he got where he is. I don't think people really understand what another 8 years of Republicans will mean. We're already on the edge. More agenda policies will destroy this country.

    August 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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