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. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    Hillary can't be vetted. Too much dirty laundry, She is Disbarred lawyer, cheating hubby, Whitewater, pending lawsuit, etc.etc...
    She can serve the party in the Senate and we need her support there more. Get over it and get on with it. We are voting ISSUES folks.
    Your life and the lives of your children may depend on it.
    I trust Obama in regard to VP. Selecting Hillary would be a huge mistake given her history and credibilty.

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

    Its like watching a comedy that the Obama campaign has the MSM in such a tizzy because he said that he will make his decision by the end of the week on his VP pick. The MSM is on a wild goose chase to find out. There is a method to the madness. You better recognize.

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

    Great choice!

    August 21, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Wake up America

    If for any reason Obama was to lose this election... You people are dreaming when you state that H. CLINTON would be president in 2012.
    The loss would be her fault and her pathetic feminist supporters' fault. Can u say Backlash! She wouldn't even make it out of the primaries 2012...

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


    Any Clinton supporter who says they'll vote for McCain is NOT a CLinton supporter and shame on her for not saying so.

    Selfish PUMAs would rather destroy the county than accept the defeat of their candidate. YOU ARE WORSE THAN THE REPUBLICANS!


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

    There were 3 stories on CNN about John McCain and not 1 response on the blogs not ONE RESPONSE! One story about Obama and there were 97 responses. This Netwark is so fixed it is sorryful. So CNN is selling me the whole country is just interested in criticizing Obama!
    Like I said John McCain can do no wrong on CNN he will not be criticized for anything on your blogs.

    August 21, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Raymond Duke

    I agree with you liberals on one thing for sure. You will never be living with torture because you people are to much of a coward to serve your country. That is a fact. You liberals are brave people as long as someone else is doing the lifting or fighting. As far as Obama being so intelligent and graduating from Harvard. If you look at all these Harvard and Yale graduates you will find most presidents of either party has come from one of these schools and that is the reason this country is in the condition that it is. We need another Harry Truman type of president. Probably the best we ever had and he did not go to either of these fancy schools. GW Bush and OBama both did.

    August 21, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |

    To Open Your 3rd Eye – pack your bags and move to another country if you are not happy with this one – express your freedom of choice.

    August 21, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Generation X

    sharon wrote: August 21st, 2008 12:09 pm ET

    So what! We own three houses. We are NOT rich. We don't live on credit cards. We pay our bills and live wthin our means. We don't want the gov't to take care of us. We believe in taking responsibility for our actions. And we donate to charity!!!

    Barak wants to take my money and give it to someone who doesn't want to work. If you earn money, you should be able to buy whatever you want……..four houses, ten cars, 40 pairs of shoes………it's should NEVER be up to the govt to decide!!!
    Sharon, you have been brainwashed, my friend. Please educate yourself and don't let your ignorance get in the way of your free thinking. Right now, McCain's negative crap has overtaken your ability to reason.

    August 21, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Ryan


    I completely agree. After 8 years of Bush, why can't American's stop making the same mistakes? McCain is offering much of the same policies for the economy, taxes and foreign policy. He will continue to run this country into the ground just like Bush. If McCain is elected and does exactly as Bush, I will seriously have to consider moving.

    August 21, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Sarah

    He will pick Sen. Bayh. Two young, good looking men will defeat that old horse McCain and his equally old looking VP, Lieberman.

    August 21, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. PUMA (the group and the sneaker both suck)

    Let it go.

    The Clintons and the Bush's plans didn't work to share the White house forever. Your mad at Obama cause the witch lost. She should have never been running. Her experience: I sleep with the President. So does Laura Bush so i guess she is experience too.

    August 21, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Thomas, CT

    If Obama does not pick Clinton – we might as well get ready for another 4 years of Republican rule. This is truly the reality. I hope to God Obama is not that dumb.

    I am still waiting for my text message stating that Hillary is the pick....

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

    To Eddie Blake,

    What the @#$% are talking about or suggesting? Sharia law? Oh yeah, and it's "two words", not "to words." Some of you are complete idiots.

    This is a psychological ploy by the Reeps to make us believe anything they say or write. The solution to this is to disegard the information. Some of you are giving up on Obama, because you are succumbing to the Reeps plan of Psych. persuasion. What happened to your staying power and strength?

    I know what I am suggesting is hard but we tend to believe what we see on T.V. is true, like the negative ads. Please be mentally strong and simply don't believe it. McCain has shown that he will SAY ANYTHING TO WIN.

    August 21, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Lanaia, HI

    President Obama will do the right thing in picking the best VP. I'm getting used to the words President Obama, because it will be true, or God help this country. George Bush has trashed it, and McCain doesn't appear to see the trash. He thinks everything is fine.

    Obama 08

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

    How about Martin Sheen or Gena Davis for Obama's VP? They've both played the President on TV, and they certainly have the star power. Why, they would bring even more of the same kind of change!

    August 21, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Soon to be an Independent!

    TO: Texan going independent

    I couldn't agree with you more!! Not only will BHO's lack of experience, the media an HD will keep me from voting for him, but his SUPPORTERS! LET'S SEE WHAT THEY SAY WHEN HE LOSES. IF HE'S SO GREAT WHY HASN'T HE MOVED UP IN THE POLLS SINCE HRC MOVED OUT OF THE WAY? WHY? It is scary to think that those who support BHO are so darn immature and mean. My conscious will not let me vote for him. Those that I know personally who support him act just like the bloggers here. Also, it's not up to HRC to get him support - it is up to BHO to do. I wonder why he cannot do it.

    August 21, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Charlotte

    Obama-kin, Obama-kaine sounds close to me.

    August 21, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. tim

    This e-mail is to open your third eye. I hope you leave america. Oh please dont we will vote for obama. Other then giveing a speach I cant think of one good reason for him to be president. TO ALL THE HATERS THAT SAY THEY WILL MOVE TO FRANCE OR CANADA IF OBAMA LOSES THE RACE YOUR PATHETIC. vote for mccain and put an end to the haters. dont let them scare you your still a good person if you vote for mccain despite what that rabid libs tells you.

    August 21, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Paul

    I really think that the Obama anti-Hillary folks and the pick-Hillary folks or else we vote for McCain folks really need to chill. This election is too important for intra-party squabblling at this point. No matter what happened in the primaries and who Obama picks we must stand united to defeat the republicans!

    August 21, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Pam

    Isn't it about time the media stops talking about this until it happens? This is getting ridiculous.

    August 21, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Nom Deplume

    Kaine??? He trumpets how well Virginia is run, and is faced with a deficit that wasn't there when Allen was governor. Some management there, Gov. Kaine.

    And his response? He won't raise taxes because he knows it is political suicide to do so in VA.

    So what will he do? Cut services in the Red parts of the state to send money to the Blue parts.

    Yeah, I really want him to do for the country what he did for VA. Good thing I am no longer a Virginian.

    August 21, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. David

    Go ahead....pick him and lose the general election. I know where my vote will go.

    August 21, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. DJ Los Angeles

    Makes sense...definitely a good idea to pick a candidate from a traditionally Red state state, especially one from the South.

    August 21, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Tony

    As long as Obama doesn't pick Clinton, and he won't because he's arrogant, I'll be happy because it'll be 4 years of John McCain!

    August 21, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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