Obama Praises Webb and Kaine
By Shailagh Murray
BRISTOW, Va. -- Barack Obama was full of praise tonight for Sen. Jim Webb, the popular freshman from Virginia who stayed neutral during the Democratic primary but offered his enthusiastic support on stage at the Nissan Pavilion.
The Marine combat veteran, best-selling author and former Republican is widely discussed as a potential Obama running mate, and it was clear tonight that the presumptive nominee is a big fan. "If you're in a fight, and we're going to be in a fight, you want Jim Webb to have your back," Obama told a cheering crowd, saluting his colleague as "an indispensable voice for change."
But there was another prominent Virginian on stage who had clearly won Obama's heart: Gov. Tim Kaine, one of his earliest high-profile supporters. "There was one person, who about three days after I announced, was willing to stand with me in the seat of the old Confederacy ... and say that the time for change has come," Obama said.
"He's a man with the courage of his convictions ... somebody who like myself practiced civil rights law. Somebody who's shown the ability to manage a city [Richmond] and now manage a state. ... There are a lot of people who are your allies, and a lot of people who you've got commitments to. But you don't always have a lot of friends. The governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia is my friend."
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