Kaine Takes Question On Clinton's Electability
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, a key supporter of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, is wading into the debate over whether Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) is electable in the general election if she is the Democratic nominee.
In the past, Kaine has largely steered clear of questions about whether Clinton could win in a traditionally red state like Virginia.
But in an article titled "Red State Dems Sour on Clinton," Kaine tells the Politico newspaper and website that he thinks Obama has a better chance of winning the general election.
"I happen to believe that Obama is the most electable, both in Virginia and elsewhere," Kaine is quoted as saying. "I really think to win you gotta get independent votes....Independent voters like people who they don't believe are defined by political orthodoxy."
In the same article, Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee responded, "Hillary Clinton has been pulling support from blue states, red states and purple states, from all over the country. We've got tremendous support from people that have gone Republican in the past, because those people believe she is not only the person that (can bring change), but is also the most electable."
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