February 17, 2007
The regions top democratic leaders and supporters gathered in Richmond this weekend for the 2007 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. 2008 presidential candidate and Illinois Senator Barrack Obama was one of the featured guests at the event. Earlier in the week Kaine announced he is endorsing the presidential hopeful.
"Even though it's still early, I am very happy to say that it was a very simple decision for me, in terms of what I think is an assessment of where the nation is and these candidates, to endorse Senator Barrack Obama to be our nation's next president."
It was an announcement that didn't come as a shock to many, two political friends, one a senator, one a governor, both who have each others backs at times of need.
"Senator Obama and I met when I was campaigning for governor," explained Kaine. "he was so gracious to come on numerous occasions and help me. We then met and spent more time together this year and in the immediate past year when the senator was here for Jim Webb. We found we had some things in common."
Two Harvard law grads joined side by side by their Harvard grad wives, all in agreement that America needs change, and that Barrack Obama could lead the way.
"I am extraordinarily grateful to the governor and the first lady for their vote confidence," said Obama.
In both of his appearances throughout the evening, Obama made it clear that as a presidential candidate, he wants to work with Americans and Virginians, towards a better United States. Obama also praised Kaine's work.
"Governor Kaine has moved this state forward," said Obama.
According to a several high-ranking Virginia politicians, the Commonwealth will be in the political limelight for the next coming year.
"Virginia is going to be competitive in presidential politics in 2008 in a way that we haven't been for 40 years," said Kaine.
It was back in 1964 when Virginia last went Democratic in a presidential race.
Joining Governor Kaine and Senator Obama at tonight's event were former Governor Mark Warner, Senator Jim Webb, and democratic party of Virginia chairman Dick Cranwell.