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What Obama-Kaine Might Look Like

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As you've no doubt heard by now, Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has told close associates he's had "very serious" conversations with Sen. Barack Obama about serving as the presumptive nominee's running mate.

So what might an Obama-Kaine ticket look like?

Former washingtonpost.com video journalist John Poole captured the moment when, on Feb. 17, 2007, Kaine became the first governor to endorse Obama's presidential bid. The pair took questions from reporters about Obama's chances in the South and the likelihood that Virginia would vote for a Democratic presidential candidate.

"I don't always do things the cautious way, I do things when my gut tells me it's right to do. And I'm very enthusiastic to stand here today and be strongly in Sen. Obama's camp," Kaine said at the time.

"Virginia is going to be competitive in presidential politics in 2008, in a way that we haven't been in 40 years," the governor said. "The results of Gov. Warner's election, my election and then Jim Webb's election this fall has made it plain to anyone watching presidential politics that Virginia is in play."

The pair later appeared together at the Virginia Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner along with former governors Doug Wilder and Mark Warner.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  July 29, 2008; 12:05 PM ET Barack Obama
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looks like a good move, obama/kaine 08!

Posted by: ashish | July 29, 2008 1:14 PM

Well, Kaine was courageous and proactive rather than many of the politicians who sat back and played it safe, waiting to see which way the winds were blowing. I don't know his politics, but his willingness to step up shows that he's a leader.

Posted by: Jeremy C. | July 29, 2008 2:01 PM

Obama's recent world trip was intended to make him look Presidential. But it also made him look presumptuous. His support for a Surge II in the other "central battleground against terrorism" will hurt him with his base and the youth turnout he is counting on. His refusal to credit McCain for Surge I makes him look like he can't admit a mistake.
His slight of wounded vets in Germany makes him look like the typical liberal he really is.
The trip did not fix his national security deficit.
Only Colin Powell can do that.
Four Harvard "peas in a pod" will not look like change to most of America.

Posted by: Jim Hale | July 29, 2008 2:26 PM

The world stage enthusiastically welcomed Sen Obama last week. The world hungers for leadership based on common ground, not divisiveness. Millions in America surged to the polls to vote Democratic in the primary and caucus, overwhelming the meager turnout for Bush-Cheney ll. The times are a-changin. America will no longer tolerate the divisive campaigns of conservatives, who falsely claim to be "more American" than all other Americans. That tactic was tried in Germany, Spain, and Italy more than 70 years ago; we will turn this aside, and unite this country for the common good, behind Barack Obama, and Tim Kaine!?

Posted by: Frederick | July 29, 2008 5:28 PM

Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico is the best possible pick. This will be the August Surprise

Posted by: Jack | July 30, 2008 12:45 AM

Adding Kaine to the ticket would stir up the Virginia GOP base like nothing else! Mark Warner had the ability to put Virginia in the blue column. Not Timmy Kaine. He is not the "popular" governor that is being portrayed by the media.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 3:54 PM

Congratulations WashPost! Great article and presentation. Finally someone is "leading the way" with truth - in Print!


Posted by: Ione | July 30, 2008 4:08 PM

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