Obama VP Watch Continues

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

August 21, 2008

Thursday, Senator Obama met with possible VP, Governor Kaine and his staff for about 15 minutes in Richmond before hitting the campaign trail. Many expecting the Obama camp to make the announcement very soon and that this visit could mean he's chosen the governor, but Kaine wouldn't feed the speculation.

"I'm not going to make a case for myself because i'm not running for anything. Virginia gave Obama a 30 point edge in the primaries. We care deeply about the economy. We've been named the most business-friendly state in America by forbes.com," said Kaine.

On the other side, some are saying that Obama's visits and decision to make former Virginia governor Mark Warner a keynote speaker at the convention, means Kaine won't get the nod.

"I don't think people ought to look too much into the fact that he's been spending time in Virginia, Virginia is a battleground state," said Dan Keyserling, UVa Center for Politics.

But it's Senator Joe Biden who has recently emerged as a favorite among Democrats, many saying Biden could strengthen Obama's weaknesses, such as foreign policy.

"His recent trip to Georgia really raised his profile, and he is one of the foremost experts in foreign policy in the senate," said Keyserling.

Either way governor Kaine will continue to support Obama, and believes that whoever is chosen, will be the right choice.

"My sense is that they're going to make a very good pick, however they choose they'll make a very wise pick," said Kaine.


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