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

VP tracking: Obama, Kaine meet

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama and Kaine met privately Thursday."]

(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.

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soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. PUMA 4 HILL

    It won't matter who his VP is... he's still shallow and and empty suit.


    What has he accomplished for Chicago? What for the country? What for you or I?

    August 21, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. George LeBlanc

    Obama won't be able to be this indecisive with the Russians!!

    August 21, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. MG in DC

    I'm no fan of the Clintons, but given how close this race has become, he may need them. Certainly, he needs someone stronger than Kaine. With all the smokescreens and how carefully Obama's campaign has orchestrated his VP pick, it wouldn't surprise me if it is Hillary. Just imagine, Bill is scheduled to speak on Wed. at the convention... to introduce Hillary as VP. We'll see soon enough.

    August 21, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Spencer

    We all are expecting a Obama/Clinton ticket. But I wouldn't be shocked to see an Obama/Powell ticket. That's right, Colin Powell. Mr. Powell hasn't endorsed anyone as of yet and maybe that's because he's gonna be the VP. Obama doesn't necessarily need Hillary to win. Powell has all the Foreign Policy credentials and is well respected among his peers. Wow! Two African-American presidents. You gotta love it!

    August 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. pat

    No Hillary ....McCain 08 and this Democrat will work hard to make it happen. Nobama with No Hillary.

    August 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Robert

    To PUMA's: Polls mean nothing. Obama has a significant mathematical advantage in the electoral college over McCain. Vote for Clinton, we do not need you.

    August 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Tom - Cary, NC

    It will be Kaine. I will hang my Obama – Kaine T-shirt next to my McGovern – Eagleton T-shirt.... in the dustbin of history.

    August 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Vig

    I can't believe Obama will not ask Hillary to be his VP. As far as I'm concerned he has sealed his fate – no Hillary = he will lose in November, his arrogance is astounding. As people watch and hear him, it's more obvious that the original observations – that's he's all style and very little substance seems to really be the case. He just doesn't have the "right stuff" – he's a glory monger. No Hillary – no vote from me. This guy is turning out to be alot of hot air.

    August 21, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. energy



    August 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Latina for Obama...NJ

    To Cindy im a latina and obama gets my vote regardless of who else is on the ticket...

    OBAMA 08

    August 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. El Kababa

    Hillary is Obama's best choice for VP. The two of them will have to learn to work together, but she is strong where Obama is weak. Obama has lots of vision, but he needs a detail person to work with Congress to get his program through that group of self-praising loafers. Let's not stop there. Obama should choose an all-star cabinet right now, and let them all campaign with him.

    This may be our last chance to keep the country from foundering.

    August 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Cody

    Per the number of houses McCain has:

    Yes, this is stupid. And yes Obama knows it is stupid. But it is only in response to an even more stupid, even more insulting campaign by McCain. McCain is worse by far and he has no respect for your intelligence. Obama said he would only do these kinds of attacks in response to those done on him. And that is just what happened.

    August 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Aaron Hussein

    That's right Obama is going negative, deal with it. Unfortnatley America is filled with a lot of idiots and the respond to negative ads. Look at McCain gaining in the polls as an example. He made the gain because of Negative ads. In order for Obama to help Americans in the White house he needs to get there first. And to get there he's going to need the gloves on. Its going to be a fight and McCain is going to get destroyed. If he remembers where he is. A vote for McSenile is being so dumb but thats an insult to dumb people everywhere.

    August 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. John Allen

    With no Clinton on VP ticket, Obama can say bye bye to this election.

    He has no clue, he thinks he can do everything all by himself. He is getting to little annoying and arrogant as his wife. He needs to stay focused as leader on issues and not as messiah.

    August 21, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. obamaton

    Hey A-Man, if experience is a problem, then I guess that Obama's 144 days (wowsers!) of on-the-floor experience in Congress makes him uh, er, um *cough* overqualified!

    August 21, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Sam

    Clinton should be yoru pick or you are going to looooooooose.

    August 21, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Obama Supporter

    It's going to be Kaine. 1. Obama wants Virginia. 2. Both are Harvard Law Grads. 3. Good chemistry and both come from modest backgrounds. 4. Kaine, a white male will be helpful to catch the white and Catholic voters.

    August 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. GerryM

    I think that the big news about Obama’s VP pick is that it is not going to be Hillary Clinton. After the attempted hijacking of the convention by Hillary and Bill’s tepid comments about Obama, I’m sure that the Clintons are now toxic to the Obama campaign. Too bad really, I’ve always thought that the two of them would be an unbeatable ticket. But egos get it the way, and Bill will never disclose where he got all of the millions of dollars in ‘speaking fees’. So, Obama will need to man up and take the fight to McCain himself. It appears from the negative ads his campaign is running that Obama is taking the advice of political punsters and going after McCain. Keep it up, Senator Obama and in a short while you will be President Obama.

    August 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. rob

    Hillarys people keep pushing her down our throat's....believe me as a New Yorker–she doesn't do anything , but talk . She hasn't done a thing for New York...People that live in upstate N.Y.–hate her.
    I do have to admit she talks a good game.Its all about Hillary . She wants to go down in the History books as the first woman.And thats not a good thing. I want there to be a woman as President , but not that one.

    August 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Bubba

    McCain, a plague on all six of your houses. But either Mc Cain or Gov Kaine is better than the Co Caine guy in the White House now.

    Whoa, Barry Obama just called and asked ME to be VP. Said I might be the last sensible person in America. I told him no, but thanks. He said 'dang, they were right,' and hung up.

    August 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Chris B

    Almost all the comments on this page were left by total morons. Whether any of you like it or not, Barack Obama is going to be the next president. Your personal feelings on the matter mean very little. Whether you believe the GOP has willfully or just neglectfully destroyed great everything great about America, real and symbolic, it doesn't really matter... voters are going to fire them and they're not going to send Grampa McCain to the White House.

    So get used to how it sounds: "President Barack Obama."

    August 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. Mario

    everyone stop with billary ok, she is a backstabbing lady who thought she was entitled. For the people who say they will defect to McCain you were never a real democrat nor obama supporter to begin with.

    Who cares if the hispanic vote defect to McInhumane,If Obama does loses he will lose with dignity and integrity. He will make decisions based on character and not just because its popular. Obama can't be bought.

    Trust me Obama will have hispanics better interest at heart, most republicans want to put up that gate and send them back anyway, they dont understand that obama will be better for them.

    August 21, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Tim, Seattle

    @ Down With the DNC who said : "Hillary is not McCain. Obama's position is Hillary's position.
    SO expalin to me again you worthless PUMA, if Hillary and Barack's positions are the same, then why are you voting for McCAin? You are getting tripped up in your own mis guided hatred.

    Obama 08'

    August 21, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. A.J.

    Gee...How about Madeline Albright for VP...perfect for our older voters, a woman, and more experience in foreign policy, and with foreign leaders than all the other possibilities!

    August 21, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Question...

    Lisa August 21st, 2008 12:19 pm ET

    To Obama supporters:

    Choose one Hillary or Mccain?

    Lisa, who do you think you and your nastly little friends are? You don't get to state who would be POTUS, silly girl!

    Most of all your little iddle threats don't frighten anyone but YOU, since apparently you are simply SIMPLE!

    Get a grip. Vote for who you will. I prefer Obama and NoHillary. That's my op-ed, and I'm stickin' to it!

    By the way, if McWar wins this election, the disaster that follows wil not be on my consciencious.

    Barack the Vote.... Obama 08 B4 it's 2 late

    August 21, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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