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. think people

    Would you Clinton fans please give it a rest? We get it: you are so unimaginative and bitter that rather than suck it up and vote for someone with virtually identical views, you want to spite the entire country. Obama is NOT going to pick Hillary. Go home, cry, feel indignant–we've all had to do it at one time or another for one or another candidate–but stop the hysterics. Don't spite the whole country like spoiled children. Obama is literate, smart, and creative. He is a constitutional lawyer. And he writes his own speeches–he doesn't need the teleprompter to speak or write well. I am so tired of how dumb, uninformed, and myopic some of you are.

    August 21, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. caywen

    Obama is far more sophisticated at politics than people give him credit for. He knows hardball politics, and he's beginning to open that warchest of skills on McCain. He did it in Chicago, and he'll do it here, too. He needs a VP who will complement his strategy, yet have the character to help him lead once this ugly business is over.

    He does consider it ugly business, but he knows it's necessary and he'll do what it takes. I'm a huge Biden fan, but I'm not sure Biden fits into that strategy. Biden is all about honor and can be a vicious attack dog, but honor might not win this campaign. Obama may just have to go with Clinton, who also knows how to pull the levers.

    Still, if Obama chooses Biden, I'll be doubling my contribution.

    August 21, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Spencer in LA

    McCain and Reed, siting in a tree.

    k i s s i n g.......

    McShame and Big Oil, sitting in a tree.

    K i s s i n g

    McSame and the Draft, sitting in a tree,

    K i s s i n g

    McBush and Georgie, sitting in a tree,

    K i s s i n g (95% of the time)

    McCain and Yucca, sitting in a tree,

    K i s s i n g (just not in McCains backyard of Arizona, ROFL!)

    McSame and Karl Rove, sitting in a tree,

    K i s s i n g

    August 21, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. bob in L.A.

    At the rate Obama is losing support, maybe he should be worrying about getting the nomination first.
    By next week when Hillary is put into nomination, she may just have swayed enough Superdelegates to vote for her to put her over the top!
    I'm sure she has already made her choice for VP and could answer questions a lot clearer than Obama has on issues.

    August 21, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. PUMA 4 HILL

    All you bot cultist...
    You don't get it, do you? WE DON'T CARE WHAT YOU DO IN 2012. You've already torn the party apart and chosen the worst candidate. WE HAVE TO SAVE IT NOW. If this means Hillary won't win in 2012, so be it. We just can't have Obama boy win in 2008. He killed her chances, we will kill his.

    He is simply unqualified and self-serving. It doesn't matter to most of Hill's supporters if he does choose her, we are hoping he won't. I will not vote for the creep anyway.

    You do know that the DNC is overhauling the rules, don't you? It's all over the news and in my local paper today. They realize the caucuses were a joke and the SG's are too heavy in numbers. READ THE NEWS TODAY MORONS!!! Obama and his thugs stole, cheated their way to where they are.

    August 21, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. No to Hillary

    You Hillary supporters are such babies. Obama doesn't need you 21% of hillary supporters to win away.

    August 21, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. shaun

    if its hillary then why is she putting her name in for nomination at the convention? i was a hillary supporter, but i accepted she lost the primaries. now with everything going on with russia obama had better choose biden bc obama has no foreign policy experience.

    August 21, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. An Independent Hillary

    Aren't all these VP prospects political insiders – especially Biden?

    Obama = hypocrite?

    McCain is looking like the best choice more and more everyday.

    August 21, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Raheim W.

    Hasn't anyone figured out that Sen. Obama has a clue? Look at the alternative, Sen McCain thinks he has a clue and is still making plenty of fo-pas>>>"I don't know how many homes I currently own. I'll have my people contact your people with the answer."

    Very intelligent right? In the very least, Sen Obama is making calculated stregegic moves like a game of chess. In November, if not before, he will call Check Mate...I'm very proud of him.

    Obama/ Hill...J Bizzle...Vice Prez Nobel...or anyone '08
    (Just as long as it isn't McShame and Mitt Smarta_s!!! That man is so pompous.)

    GO OBAMA GO!!!

    August 21, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. tedious898

    McCain ...wouldn't disagree with the draft? He also says that Petraeus got 65k soldiers to re-inlist and very critical time in the war. His obvious support was to "vote down" the VA educational bill which would have provided too much incentive for soldiers to leave and go to school.

    McCain...I want um to feel as though being a soldier is all they can look forward to.

    August 21, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. The Draft

    If anyone will have to bring back the draf it will be Obama. He does not understand how these foreign leaders really are and before long we will be in another war with not enough men or women to go around. McCain knows and understands the dangers that face America. As far as having more to go on other than being a POW, you have got to be kidding. Obama is the one without a resume to speak of. NO OBAMA

    August 21, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Glenn; Bakersville, NC.

    I still say Kathleen Sebelius from Kansas or Nancy Pelosi would be the best VP choice. He needs a woman (and not in a Bill Clinton way)with leadership abilities and no major skeletons in the closet. Give Hillary the speaker or Secretary of State position. He needs someone who can play hardball with the big boys, and then the both of them take the gloves off and go after McCain "Chicago Style". There is so much to go after McCain on, it's just ripe for the picking.

    August 21, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Biden or bust!

    August 21, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Russell

    Kill CATS (Clintonites Are Totally Selfish)

    August 21, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. dennis from chicago

    BROTHER HOOD OF THE BELL RISES AGAIN......... BOTH ARE harvard grads.....THE SECRET IS OUT... CAIN TRIES TO WIN THOSE BITTER BLUE COLLAR WORKERS....the SOUTH shall rise AGAIN that is WHY KERRY picked EDWARDS..........NOTHING HAPPENED//// kerry loses.......OBAMA LOSES.......DITTO DITTO

    August 21, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Charlie

    Shari from NY, yea we need to get behind our congressional leaders alright and give them a swift kick in the pant and/or skirt to get them out of town for good. Please look at the congressional records and I think you will see that there has been exactly nothing done in the past two years that can even look like progress for the country. We for petes sake don't even have a budget in place to operate the government for next year on account of Ms. Pelosi and Sen Reid.

    Yea I would like to get behind them alright.

    August 21, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. HRC

    Obama is in free fall and he needs a game changer badly. There is no VP candidate who qualifys other than Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    The question is whether Obama is too arrogant to choose her. If he does not he probably will get his rear defeated.

    August 21, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. tom, boston

    senator obama,

    biden is much better choice, trust me.

    no joking here.

    August 21, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    As soon as Obama,s numbers start to fall. The media is waiting to catch him. Over loading websites/news programs with talk about his Vp. If they don't know who it is going to be then why do they bombard us with it could be this guy or that guy or one of those other three. This is just to keep him on your mind and in front of your face.This is the same thing that the media did when Hillary started to come back and it was starting to look like she had a chance. As the song goes "one nation controlled by the media".

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

    In response to: " August 21st, 2008 12:11 pm ET

    a vote for John Mccain is a vote for…

    SENATOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT 2012!!!!!!!!!!"

    So you'd rather see our country go further down the tubes just to prove your point that Hillary should be Prez? Real patriotic of you, Texan!

    August 21, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. Time for Change

    It does matter who Obama picks. It does matter if anyone truly thinks that McCain has the ability to lead this nation. We are in a war that he strongly supported and continues to support, he is talking trash to Russia and have no way to back it up and he is out of touch. You can continue to put uneducated millionaires in the Whitehouse and you will continue to struggle. You should not be tricked by oil prices following. They also dropped before the last election only to reach record highs shortly after it was all over.

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

    If he picks the Va Governor he is a bigger fool than I originally thought. Another unknown with no experience just like him. He doesn't want anyone that can take any of the spotlight away from him. Talk about AUDACITY....how about Audacity of Arrogance ...that would be Obama holding his acceptance speech at the stadium. So that he can have 75,000 cheering him....I hope it rains....he makes me sick and I am a democrat. Hillary as VP or McCain gets the vote!

    August 21, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. Peggy - TX

    Hillary on the ticket? Why is this still a topic of discussion? Oh yes, b/c it would be the dream come true for McCain. Nothing else would energize the Repugs like Hill on the ticket.

    August 21, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. Election Watcher

    Is all of this VP nonsense Obama's indecision or his bad showmanship? Whichever, if it gives insight to what an Obama presidency would be like, I'll have none of it.
    Just say Nobama '08

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

    Why is CNN so obsessed with who Obama will choose as his running mate, he'll announce it when he's ready, the peopl3e chasing after him need to get meaningful jobs.

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