Obama and Kaine Hold a Brief Meeting
By Anne E. Kornblut
RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Tim Kaine and Sen. Barack Obama had a quick private meeting here this morning -- but were quiet about what it might mean for Kaine's vice presidential prospects when they emerged.
"I'm going to let the campaign speak for the campaign," Kaine said afterward, when asked if Obama had talked to him about being his running mate. The two spent about 15 minutes together, an Obama aide said.
The silence seemed to suggest that, perhaps, Kaine is not the first choice in a process that has dragged on until the final moments before the Democratic convention. Several outside Obama advisers have said he had a difficult time deciding whom to pick, and it appears now that by letting the crescendo of speculation build, Obama will now be announcing his running mate almost on the eve of his convention -- maximizing excitement, but potentially losing some free media time devoted to the choice. It now appears Obama will make the announcement on Friday, or perhaps Saturday, although it could still come later this afternoon.
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August 21, 2008; 11:09 AM ET
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