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Obama Supporters Get Their Man on the Ballot

Tim Craig

Supporters of Sen. Barack Obama said today he became the first presidential candidate to qualify to appear on the ballot in Virginia's Feb. 12 presidential primary.

At an event in Richmond, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) led a rally of about two-dozen Obama supporters to announce they had collected 20,000 signatures, nearly double the number required to appear on the ballot.

"He is a person of excellence and America in 2008 is ready for excellence," said Kaine, who endorsed Obama in February.

Despite his strong support for Obama, Kaine said he will support whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

"The Democratic nominee is going to have my help," Kaine said. "But [Obama] is the right person for this time."

Some Republicans and Democrats argue that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) is too polarizing and liberal to win the White House. A Clinton candidacy, Virginia Republicans argue, could bolster Republicans' hopes of defeating former governor Mark R. Warner in next year's U.S. Senate race.

But Kaine said he is not worried about Clinton's electability. "I think she is electable and I do not think she will hurt Mark Warner," Kaine said.

Kaine also played down suggestions that he could be offered the vice-presidency.

"I can think of a lot better choices than me," Kaine said. But Kaine stopped short of an outright refusal to accept such an offer, which he has done in the past.

By Tim Craig  |  November 28, 2007; 1:56 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Obama would have been on the ballot regardless. Virginia Democrats are circulating petitions to get all eight of the Democratice cnadidates on the ballot.

BTW - Calling two dozen supporters a "rally" is a bit of as stretch.

Posted by: NoVA | November 28, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

everyone says that obama is drawing record crowds there should have been a hundred thousand there, not a handful of campaign hacks

Posted by: Anonymous | November 29, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Since the 5,000 signatures that were promised by the party in Virginia have yet to be validated or turned in, there isn't really a good reason to sit back and count on them if the Obama supporters can do it themselves- first and with almost twice the amount required.

"Rally" may be more than a bit of a stretch; perhaps more of a group that "rallied" is accurate? Verb rather than noun?

Posted by: other NoVA | November 29, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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