Obama-Kaine, Obama-Warner, Obama-Webb
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) offered up only a few clues today about which Virginia Democrat, if any, has a shot at being considered as a vice-presidential candidate this fall.
But it's clear there is a spot in Obama's heart for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), who endorsed Obama more than a year ago.
Obama appeared at different times today with Kaine, Sen. James Webb and U.S. Senate candidate Mark R. Warner, all of whom are mentioned as possible Democratic vice-presidential contenders.
In Bristol in Southwest Virginia, Obama praised Warner's political skills and his record when he was governor from 2002 and 2006. Judging from the reception they got while working the rope line at the start of the event, an Obama-Warner ticket would be an energetic pairing.
Obama told the crowd that Warner, when the former governor was considering a bid for president in 2006, stuck out in his mind as someone who would make a good president.
"Mark has provided extraordinary leadership that has achieved extraordinary results," said Obama, who later added, " I look forward to working with Mark Warner to bring fundamental change to Washington."
Obama also noted that Warner's wife, Lisa Collis, endorsed him earlier this year, even though Warner stayed out of the Democratic contest until today because he was running for the Senate.
At a rally later in the day in Prince William County, Obama shared the stage with Webb and Kaine.
Obama honored Webb's military background and gave him credit for sponsoring and winning passage of the GI Bill. Obama has been using the issue to hammer Arizona Sen. John McCain (R), who voted against Webb's bill because he feared it could drain the military of career officers.
Obama then noted that Webb has a reputation for being tough, a character trait that many pundits and political strategists consider to be an asset for a vice-presidential candidate on the campaign trail.
"If you are in a fight, and we are in a fight, you want Jim Webb to have your back," Obama said.
But Obama got personal when he spoke about Kaine. He noted Kaine endorsed him in February 2007 in Richmond at the governor's mansion, located a few hundred yards away from where the Confederate Congress once met.
Calling Kaine of man of "convictions," Obama said the governor "is somebody who proves that nice guys can finish first."
"When you're in the political business, there are a lot of people who are your allies, there are a lot of people who you've got to do business with, but you don't always have a lot of friends," Obama said. "The governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia is my friend."
June 5, 2008; 9:30 PM ET
Categories: Election 2008/President , Tim Craig
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