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Obama and Kaine Hold a Brief Meeting

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) (2nd L) walks down the stairs with Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (3rd right) as he leaves the Omni hotel August 21, 2008, in Richmond. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 21, 2008; 11:09 AM ET
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As a senator in the Illinois legislature, Obama voted against a measure that would have protected BABIES who were already born. Obama's action would have the effect to allow doctors to withhold medical attention from BABIES and allow them to DIE!
Gives new meaning to the song "Killing Me Softly" doesn't it?
The records from the Illinois Legislature fully support the story and the facts. When confronted with the facts and copies of official documents, Obama accused people of lying about his record. It turns out that Obama was the one who was not telling the truth. And he tried to force his deception upon The American People by calling his accusers liars. A few days later, his campaign very quietly admitted that Obama was "Mistaken" in his assertions. MISTAKEN? I think there are more appropriate words which more accurately describe Obama's assertions rather than "MISTAKEN".
These facts would lead a reasonable person to conclude that Obama supported infant killing in Illinois and then when faced with the truth tried to cover his tracks. What do you think? I hope Kaine is prepared for the fallout from his association with Obama.

Posted by: GeraldD | August 21, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Does Hillary ever cross his mind?

Posted by: | August 21, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm a big fan of Anne Kornblut, and never more so after this item. It can't be much fun for any reporter to be forced to conjure up three full paragraphs to convey the following idea: Obama and Kaine talked privately this morning and we don't know anything more about it. Great job on a very silly task, Anne.

It will be nice when we know the VP.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | August 21, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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