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VP Rumors Center on Governor Kaine

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

July 29, 2008

Tuesday, Governor Tim Kaine was in Washington, D.C., amid speculation that there would be a secret meeting between him and Barack Obama, but during an interview and subsequent open media availability about an hour ago, Kaine denied the rumors.

"I have no idea. I have my 13-year-old daughter in the studio, we've got a date right after this and that's the only thing on my calendar for the rest of the day," said Kaine.

Kaine made his normally scheduled monthly appearance on the Washington radio station W-TOP, but would not discuss the prospect of being chosen to run as vice president with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Kaine continued by saying that he was flattered with even being mentioned, but would not discuss the possibility.

"I haven't sought it, I'm not running for it, I'm not asking for it, I've never asked anything of the campaign. I didn't endorse him to get anything, I endorsed him to help him," said Kaine.

Some critics say Kaine would be a poor choice, lacking the foreign relations experience an Obama ticket would need, but analysts say experience is not the most important factor.

"I think the number one selection factor probably is that personal chemistry," said Matt Smyth, with the UVa Center for Politics.

Plus, someone that will not hurt the ticket by overshadowing Senator Obama.

"Governor Kaine certainly wouldn't do that the way that a Hillary Clinton, or Joe Biden would have the potential to do. He also brings sort of the outside the beltway approach that Obama's been talking about, talking about change, talking about non traditional policies," said Smyth.

As for when an announcement will be made, it has been decades since a VP announcement has been made during the Olympics, or the week of a party's convention, but this year has been anything but conventional.

"Despite the fact they're being very closed lipped about it, we'll probably see something come out relatively soon," said Smyth.

Governor Kaine became the first governor outside of Illinois, Obama's home state, to endorse the Senator for President.

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