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Bolling Ready to Take Over From Kaine

Tim Craig

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) has begun cursory, internal discussions with advisors about assuming the role of governor should Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) be selected as Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) running mate this week.

"In the event it comes to it, Bill is prepared to assume his constitutional responsibility as governor," said Randy Marcus, Bolling's chief of staff. "There has been due prudence, and we have had some initial thoughts about how we would handle things."

If Kaine were to join Obama on the ticket, Kaine would only have to step down as governor if he and Obama won the Nov. 4 general election. But some Republicans say Kaine, whose term ends in January 2010, should consider stepping down immediately if he is selected given the fact the governor himself said Monday "difficult" decisions will have to made this fall because the state is facing a potentially big budget shortfall.

Kaine would also have to justify to Virginia residents how it is in the state's best interest to have their governor out on the national campaign trail for the next three months after he has only being in office two and half years.

On a conference call with reporters Monday, House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong (D-Henry) and Sen. Linda T. "Toddy" Puller (D-Fairfax) steered clear of a question about whether Kaine could be a vice-presidential candidate and handle the budget situation at the same time.

Kaine also refused to answer the question on Monday.

"I think there will be a lot Republicans who raise the issue, but we are going to defer to Governor Kaine" on whether he should resign, Marcus said. "We are going to defer to the governor's judgment on that."

He added, "We are prepared if it comes to that."

By Tim Craig  |  August 19, 2008; 12:11 PM ET
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Please, BO, take him off our hands. We don't need his failed leadership anymore. Take him!

Posted by: Fightertom34 | August 19, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, Kaine is the best way for Obama to lose. Hardly any high office experience, a mixed record with no accomplishments to date, terribly untelegenic, a complete kiss ass - for Obama this choice would be bordering on cronyism. AND I predict that Obama will LOSE Virginia if he chooses him ... hell, he has a better chance of winning VA without him.

Posted by: Justin | August 19, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow, so if Obama chooses Kaine you complain about no experience

But if Obama chooses someone more experienced, he's attacked for not sticking to his "Change" theme.

So, does he choose someone who's adept in the old political game, or someone who isn't quite that corrupt.

And frankly, I think you forget the president chooses something called a cabinet, whoes members help him make deicisions. If he does what Bush really didn't do, and listen to his cabinet members, you'll get plenty of experience in your decision making

Posted by: joe21 | August 19, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Kaine is a diversion.

Of the top three being paraded by the media, Biden is the most likely choice. However, I believe he will select Wes Clark.

This would be a good pick for him.

I would like to see McCain choose someone like Bobby Jindal, but methinks he doesnt want the job.

Posted by: Stuart | August 19, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

The VP candidate will be Joe Biden or Tim Kaine.

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | August 19, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Kaine won statewide as LG.

Kaine won statewide as gov.

Except for the retiring John Warner, does any present elected official have that type of state-wide win history? Nope.

Can Kaine can carry VA & 13 votes for Obama? Yep.

Posted by: Kaine's electoral history | August 20, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

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