Kaine to discuss possible Senate bid with Obama
February 15th, 2011
04:36 PM ET
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Kaine to discuss possible Senate bid with Obama

Washington (CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said Tuesday he plans to talk with President Obama in the next day or two about a possible Senate bid in Virginia.

Kaine told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he is "flattered" by speculation that he might run for the Senate seat, which will be open in 2012 following Sen. Jim Webb's announcement last week that he will retire after just one term.

Webb's decision left Virginia Democrats scrambling to find a strong candidate to run in his place. Former Sen. George Allen is hoping to recapture his seat, which he lost to Webb in 2006, but must first survive a primary campaign against at least one conservative rival, Richmond-area Tea Party activist Jamie Radtke.

Kaine is by far the most prominent name on the roster of possible Democratic candidates - a list that also includes former Reps. Tom Perriello and Rick Boucher - but several state Democratic insiders have told CNN in recent days that Kaine is reluctant to run for the seat.

The DNC Chairman will attend Saturday's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Richmond, the Democratic Party of Virginia's biggest annual fundraiser. State Democrats, though, counseled against reading too much into the appearance, since Kaine is the commonwealth's most recent Democratic governor and still resides in Richmond.

Filed under: George Allen • Jamie Radtke • Tim Kaine
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. geecee

    Tim Kaine would be an excellent choice to run for Jim Webb's Senate seat. I hope he decides to do it.

    February 15, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Sgt Schultz

    Kaine should definitely run. No question about it.

    February 15, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Monster Zero

    Kaine should run, it will be a sure fire way for the GOP to win!

    We cannot get rid of this progressive idiot fast enough, uuhhh eerrrr...Change the Change 2012!

    February 15, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Kaine would be a good alternative to the Macaca Man. Good luck Tim!

    Would someone tell the gloom and doom baggers that the United States are not broke, but will be if the republicans get their way? If we were broke, would republicans have asked for $780 in tax cuts? If we were broke, would the republicans have tried to repeal health reform when it will save taxpayers $230 billion? If we were broke, would republicans still want to fund our unnecessary wars which have cost us $1.3 trillion? If we were broke would republicans insisted on keeping billions of dollars in tax cuts for the oil industry, the big banks and businesses? If we were truly broke, they would only do that if they were anti-American.

    February 15, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Oops that is $780 Billion in Bush Tax Cuts.

    February 15, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Excuse me Mr. Monster, I think the Macaca Man is the true idiot.

    February 15, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    Kaine was a great governor for Virginia who continued the responsible leadership handed to him by Gov Warner after so many years of irresponsible Repub Govs trashing our state. But Kaine is too nice a guy to run against the wanna-bee bullies here in Va. We need a Dem who will stand in the face of these tea-baggin' thugs and put them in their place. The Repubs in Va (nationally too) will say anything that pops into their lizard brain – and the truth means nothing to them.

    February 15, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Andy

    FIRE BOEHNER...............................This guy is a clown, i think he is IMPOTENT too..............his face looks so stressed, MAN UP John, your little Johny needs MAN UP....

    February 15, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. paul

    Virginia needs Tim Kaine. The Republican party has moved way too far to the right and they need someone like Kaine who actually has some common sense.

    February 15, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. NVa Native

    Mr Monster with the lizard brain – your Ma-caw-caw clown is the idiot who initiated the financial troubles of our state with his anti-govt nonsense. Yea, bring back another GOP loser.

    February 15, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    Yes, yes, yes!!! You will BEAT Macaca!!! I truly hope he does run. If he does – I will get out there and campaign for him....Please come back!!!!!

    February 15, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |

    FREEDOM=Senator George Allen NOT Tim Kaine (Obama Supporter)! GO GOP!!! LET FREEDOM RING!

    February 15, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. roro

    Do it, Mr. Kaine. You'd be a great candidate and a wonderful senator. We need more like you in Congress.

    February 15, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. Mikey

    @Wire – you're wasting your time. The GOP faithful are impervious to facts. Yes, you are absolutely right. The GOP is FRINO (fiscally responsible in name only). In real life, they will bankrupt the country to enrich the privatized sector of what used to be public services (e.g. Halliburton, Blackwater, etc.) and to prevent to the greatest degree possible people of means having to pay their fair share to finance the system that works to preserve wealth and power in the hands of those who already have it and to increase that wealth and power to the greatest degree possible. These modern day Tories do the same things our founders revolted against.

    February 15, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. Monster Zero

    Like your fearless leaders budget, empty....not worth a response.

    February 15, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. Albo58

    Kaine is a Dimwit Party hack and he's exactly what Virginia and this country DOESN'T need! The US Senate already has too many Obama rubber stamps and this is exactly what Kaine would be!

    February 15, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |