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Kaine Takes His Cabinet on the Road

Anita Kumar

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) took his Cabinet on the road to the Charlottesville area Monday with stops at a Christmas tree farm, a bridge dedication and a reception at James Madison's Montpelier.

After a sit-down lunch with former Gov. Gov. Gerald L. Baliles at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, a reporter from a local weekly asked Kaine if he would serve in the Cabinet if U.S. Sen. Barack Obama was elected president next year.

Kaine smiled and said: "That's not going to happen.''

Kaine, who is barred from seeking a second consecutive term for governor, has not said what he plans to do when he leaves office in 2010.

Kaine did say he hopes to help Obama with possible Cabinet recommendations if the senator makes it to the White House.

In February, Kaine became one of the first sitting governors in the country to endorse Obama's candidacy. Kaine and Obama, who first met during the governor's 2005 campaign, both attended Harvard. Obama's mother is from Kansas, where Kaine grew up.

Kaine, one of Obama's national co-chairmen, spent a weekend in Iowa earlier this month, and plans to campaign in Iowa and South Carolina later this month.

By Anita Kumar  |  December 11, 2007; 12:23 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/President , Timothy M. Kaine  
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