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Kaine Responds to Obama's VP Pick

Anita Kumar

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), who was on the short list to become Sen. Barack Obama's running mate, released the following statement this morning after Sen. Joe Biden was selected to be the vice presidential candidate.

"I am very excited that Senator Obama has selected Senator Biden to be his running mate. Senator Biden is a tremendous leader and a great complement to Senator Obama and his candidacy. He has worked as a committed public servant, has a proven track record, and understands the complex challenges facing our nation.

"The Obama-Biden ticket provides the United States with a new and meaningful dialogue with world leaders and will improve America's standing with our allies and the global community.

"As a governor, I know the value of having reliable partners who are willing to tackle tough challenges in Washington. The failed economic policies of the last 8 years have left states across the country struggling with budget shortfalls. Even here in Virginia, we are facing tough economic times. An Obama-Biden administration will give me and governors across the country the kind of partnership we need to deliver results for America's working families."

"While families across America are looking for results and solutions-oriented leaders, Senator John McCain offers more of the same failed policies of the last eight years. The Obama-Biden ticket offers Americans a clear choice and a real opportunity for change."

By Anita Kumar  |  August 23, 2008; 9:31 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Class act. I love Tim Kaine.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | August 23, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

It really would have hurt the Virginia Democratic Party if he left and our republican lt. gov. took over. We need the democrats to maintain their current control through the next redistricting to maintain what should be a much more partisan redistricting process with the house run by republicans and the senate run by democrats.

Posted by: xtr657 | August 23, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Obama picks and old rich white guy for his VP. So much for "CHANGE."

I hope Biden uses his own speeches this time and not someone else.

Posted by: James Ziolkowski | August 23, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Obama, say goodbye to Hillary Clinton voters. I wonder if Chris Matthews will now get tingling down his other leg with Obama's pick. Will Keith Olbermann check the price of Biden's home and his mothers as well? Some networks are so in the bag with Obama, that it's not even funny. This is America and not Cuba.

Posted by: James Ziolkowski | August 23, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

An extremely bad day for the Baracky Hussein Obama campaign.

After all this time and wait, he chooses a man (Joe Biden) with the personality of a "dead fish" - and that is putting it mildly.

I can't believe that Baracky Hussein Obama did not even consider Hillary Clinton.

I can only assume that he believes that he has the women's vote locked up.

I hope that all Hispanic voters realize, that they will be at the bottom of the barrel if Baracky Hussein Obama is elected in November. He will have to pacify the black electorate after receiving 99 % of their vote.

Democrats for John McCain in 2008.

Posted by: Gary | August 23, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I think xtr657 makes a really good point. A lot of this has to do with maintaining a clear, powerful Democratic majority in the Senate. With Kaine still in VA to work for Warner's election and with Bayh maintaining his seat in IN--which the Dems almost certainly would've lost had he joined the ticket--the Dems are sure to extend their lead in the Senate, which, theoretically, will help Obama when he needs to pass legislation--it didn't quite work that way for Clinton in his first go round, but let's be honest, was he ever really a Democrat?

Posted by: joe | August 23, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Dear Tim:

How does it feel after you blew your VP chances through incessant staff leaking and ill-considered comments on Georgia?

Posted by: charlie | August 23, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

James Ziolkowski sure is an awesome guy. He's so cool. His opinions are so great.

Posted by: NotJZ | August 23, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Obama has picked Joe Biden for his VP. This is a great news for us that hopefully both men will turn on to many Americans. I think Biden will improve Obama's chances of clinching the big state's. And now Hillary voters will turn and support Obama-Biden ticket. I am convinced now that Obama can win.

Posted by: yow | August 23, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Gotta love the right wingers here pretending that Obama has somehow tripped by picking the most respected foreign policy voice in Washington. You all are p***ed and it's obvious!

Posted by: Mark | August 23, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Cyndi McCain is a coke head. It's true it's been documented. Also, remember the Keating 5. McCain was a part of the biggest meltdown of our financial institutions - Savings & Loans Company. A meltdown that continues through today with the current sub-prime and foreclosure crisis. McCain's corrupt behavior during the Keating 5 scandal is one reason why voters consistently cite him as ill-prepared to lead on economic issues (oh and not to mention the now 8 houses he has!)

Posted by: dft | August 23, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

High Strangeness Obama and McCain political ads.

Watching the random political adds showing up on it first appears to be an Obama or McCain ad but then a few strange twists leaves one wondering did the Obama campaign do an ad for McCain and the McCain campaign do an ad for Obama? Or is it some others? Which is fitting because the page is about illusions and creating appearances.

Are some creating the appearance of being from a certain source only to disparage in subtle ways?

Posted by: Richard Thomas | August 23, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The O.B. Southwest Crash: Women, Latinos, Native Americans, and LGBT all lost.

Posted by: BS | August 23, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

The well timed Russian-Georgian skirmishes took out the real candidates for change: all the fairly new state governors such as Kaine, Sibelius and Richardson. Clinton would have been a complicated choice but would have united the Democrats. She can now run in 2012.

So Biden became the default choice.

I sincerely hope they put together a good economic team for no amount of good foreign policy will save our economic and social infrastructure. Anyone is better than five deferment Dick Cheney.

It seems to me that McCain can now easily settle on Mitt Romney and sell him as one with the best economic credentials among the 4 McCain, Obama, Biden and Romney. Lets see.

We will know as October (time for a surprise?) and November draw near if the Georgia-Russia issue still overrides the economy.

Posted by: no surprise | August 23, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Is being embarrassingly ill-informed a requirement for Republicans these days? Contrary to James Z's comments, Biden is one of the least, if not THE least wealthy Senators. He's at the opposite end of the financial spectrum compared to McCain and Romney. And he can count to one (the number of homes he owns). The guy even takes the train to work everyday. He's blue collar. If you're going criticize the choice, at least have it based in reality.

Posted by: Laura | August 23, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

So Obama's "change" rhetoric goes the way of all naive, perfect-worlder left-wing rhetoric... down the tubes when confronted with reality.

When the Russians invade Georgia, suddenly those "old politics" people who know what's going on and what to do, don't seem so irrelevant anymore.

The only irrelevancy on Obama's ticket now is... Obama.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 23, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I really like U.S.Senator Joe Biden. However, I still do not like U.S. Senator Barack Obama as presidential candidate. And, as a devoted Hillary Clinton supporter I am still angry for the infamous misogynist loss to Obama. Hopefully, in order to continue perhaps Hillary Clinton would be our U.S. Secretary of State. I am not familiar with Gov. Tim Kaine.

My blog is:

Posted by: Maru Angarita | August 23, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

YES!!! GREAT PICK!!! If the Hillary people have a problem with it go create your own party.... Clintons. lol

If the republicans can remain loyal to their party despite who is running it would do real shame to Clinton followers who jumped ship. If they truly support Clinton they need Obama. No Obama no chance of change for healthcare. Abortions will return to being illegal and many more issues they will have learn to live with.

Can't way for Obama to win over John Illegal Immigrant McCain.

Any of you know pows without top level military status that own 10 homes?
Talk about Elite!!!!!!!

Posted by: Greg | August 23, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Remember why Colin Powell didn't want to run for President? At least now, if the unthinkable happens (and Obama is elected) and Powell's vision of racist, reactionary gunmen coming out of the woodwork comes to pass - some old, rich, white guy (I borrowed that phrase from someone else like Biden borrows speeches) may be calling the shots after all. That sounds tacky and I don't wish that on anyone - but who knew Lyndon Johnson would wind up becoming President?

Posted by: CIAcaseofficer | August 23, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I suspect O.B. tampons are already flying in Springfield by N.O.W. in protest!

Posted by: JC | August 23, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Too all the bitter Hillary supporters, I think he did have Hillary in mind by picking Biden. Biden will be 74 in 2016 (Assuming Obama wins and gets re-elected). That means it is unlikely Biden will run for president, thus leaving the door open for Hillary to run. Hillary will probably be given the duties of getting healthcare passed in the senate and perhaps being made Senate Majority leader. She will be able to do much more as a senator than as VP. But honestly I too wish he had picked Hillary because it would have united the party. But Biden isnt bad, he has the experience to balance the ticket. I just hope that HRC supporters will eventually come around and vote for whats best for the country.

Posted by: Some American | August 23, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Bad move Obama!! Biden's a moron and a motor-mouth

Posted by: Politico | August 23, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Time for the "October Surprise", when McCain's illegitimate son from a 3rd wife shows up, claiming he's tired of being ignored and not acknowledged, just as Cindy claims to be an only child.

Posted by: Zippy | August 23, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Biden is a solid pick. I do hope Romney is the GOP VP pick, as a debate between Joe and Mitt should be great fun to watch. As Maximus would say, "GOP, the time for honoring yourselves will soon be at an end."

Funny how almost the entire volume of rhetoric from the right these days is screaming about Barack, not surprising considering they haven't produced a new idea in 50 years. They just have nothing to talk about...

I assume we will soon begin hearing again about how they intend to protect us from the dangerous homosexuals, our flag from burning protests, inserting discrimination into the US Constitution, and more tax breaks for the wealthy in the face of obscene deficits.

Republicans = dinosaurs.

Posted by: KThxBye! | August 23, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Okay everyone. Obama made a great decision by selecting Joe Biden. However, get ready for your next great surprise after Obama gets elected. Hillary will be selected for Supreme Court Justice! A great choice and Happy Days are here again!

Posted by: Mark In Alexandria | August 23, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Biden is a solid statesman and a proven leader.

This election is about issues, and the two gentlemen on the Dem ticket are the best representatives of the democratic ideals for the next four years.

Hillary supporters need to think about the issues at hand for a change, it makes no sense whatsoever to bicker about Hillary not being in the ticket, the issues she and other democrats care about are a real reason to go vote for Obama in November.

Posted by: Hjalmar Nicket | August 23, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

As far as Hillarys' supporters some will vote for the party (Obama),some will move to the other side and some won't vote at all. Americans like to elect a hero and McCains experience out weighs the other side greatly. Obama should be a VP candidate.I'm sorry to say Obama will lose no matter how much $$$ he throws at the election. I was embarrassed for Obama when I heard his conversation last weekend. These Governors that complain about budget shortfalls and tough economic times need to deal with it instead of always having their hand out for $$$ from the Federal government. If these Governors can't fix the issues in their state, how would they be able to fix the issues of our country? Sounds like a lot of whinning to me.We need leaders not "help me" complainers that point their fingers. Words like partnership means dollars, we are not fooled. I know...let's raise taxes so we can spend more money.

Posted by: Finn | August 23, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Great choice,,,bitter racist losing bigots are so sore.For the likes of Gary,who believed in the Clinton's entitlement to the presidency;forget it.You can shout as much as you want and cowardly call names(Hussein is such a sweet name,,,the world has changed and we dont care about Anglo-Saxony names anymore,,,whats in an Anglo-saxony name,,well we have a few like George Bush,Timothy Mcveigh and several villains in history,,all with 'white' names.Mr Gary and your ilk vote Mccain,,we dont care,,Obama is winning and so much so convincingly.Away with the same old tired Mccain Bush defeatist politics that have mired this country in endless wars and a collapsed economy.Fortunately,Biden is more honourable and more experienced and more articulate than Mccain and any of his contending 'running mates' like Mitt Romney,,the guy who'd never send his sons to war like the rest of us.So for sore losers like Gary dont even vote,,nobody cares,,your vote is irrelevant,,Obama will win ,,in any case Hussein Obama never needed your sore vote to clinch the nomination.Time for change is now and thanks to Hussein's sound judgement for the economy,Iraq(where Iraq's govt. and now the loser Bush are of the view that troops need to come home and beef up Afghanistan) and our social fabric.Hussein Obama a true American story and dream come true.He is a true representation of what America is all about.A hard working guy who through sheer hard work and a believe in the American dream rises from ashes to achieve the very best.UNlike rich spoilt kids of privilege that Mccain,Cindy and Bush are.Hussein Obama is the everyday American.Now,with Biden the ticket is unstoppable and God is with this Guy.Who could have envisioned Hussein downing the mighty Clinton machinery,well oiled by baggage from times past and present.Obama has proved that he has the right judgement and away with the Mccain-Bush failed policies that America needs so badly to be rid of.Go Hussein go.

Posted by: sam in dallas | August 23, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Some American and a few others. How could Clinton supporters be so shortsighted? There was a reason Clinton could not run in 2004 and didn't pass muster in 2008. If Clinton supporters want to jump ship now not only can they kiss 2012 goodbye because of the perception of sabotage against Obama they can also say goodbye to 2016. The bigger picture is that if they line up behind Obama, Hillary could take Ginsberg's place on the Supreme Court by way of an Obama nomination. Bill is more qualified but his nomination would never get past the Senate while Hillary's would.

Posted by: Cap | August 23, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden is not rich. He is one of the least wealthy Senators in Congress.

Posted by: al | August 23, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden appears to be an EXCELLENT pick for Barack Obama.

And John McCain has a new ad in which he uses Joe Biden's "loose lips" against Barack Obama. This one HURTS, folks:

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | August 23, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

This is another right wing lie: Obama picks and old rich white guy for his VP. So much for "CHANGE."

Posted by: James Ziolkowski <== wrong again


Posted by: Anonymous | August 23, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

What a phony?!

WHen will a politician ever speak the truth?

This guy was auditioning; he was applying heavy makeup, looking coy, lashing his eyelids at Nobama, and ready to do ANYTHING, to get his chance of lifetime.

Now it is gone. In a second. He will probably never mentioned in the top 3 for a VP slot again.

And all he can spout are these lies? Why does n't he come out and say he is happy for Biden (may be) but he is crushed because he wanted the job bad, and could almost taste it, so he needs a few days to get over it.

Phony. As is his "could have been" boss Nobama.

Posted by: intcamd1 | August 23, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

More right wing delusionThe O.B. Crash: Women, Latinos, Native Americans, and LGBT all lost.

Posted by: BS B.S. <= totally. Like Lesbians and gay and bi-sexuals are going to run to McCain! What part of fundamentalist asskissing dont you understand?
Like women are going to embrace a man who is against women's right to control their bodies, and embrace the man who supports the reinstatement of the DRAFT?
You right wingers are just too stupid for words. Evil yes, smart, no.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 23, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

its over for obama. clintonites deeply imbeded in his staff and now a slimy elitist pig for vip. another confirmation that there isn't any difference in the parties. its all advertising, lies, and pr spin. may as well vote for mccain; that way we won't have to change our stock portfolios. for real change, scarifice and revolution is required.

Posted by: bz | August 23, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

xtr657 - You're clearly not from Virginia. The next governor will be elected in 2009, BEFORE redistricting. And I doubt Mark Warner needs any help in mopping the floor with Gilmore. My guess is Kaine for a cabinet post.


Posted by: Fairlington blade | August 23, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Americans like to elect a hero? Since when? Nixon or McGovern (WWII hero). Carter or Ford (WWII combat Vet). Reagan or Carter (USN submariner). Reagan or Mondale (US Army Corporal). Clinton or Bush (WWII hero). Clinton or Dole (WWII hero). Bush or Gore (Vietnam vet). Bush or Kerry (WWII hero). It looks to me like patriotic service has been on the losing side almost all of the time! Only in Bush senior versus Dukakis did the Americans give the vet the edge.

Posted by: Will | August 23, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Praising on the outside. Hurt and angry on the inside. Don't get mad Kaine. Get even!

I'm sure Kaine will spend his political capitol urging Virgianans to get out and vote for OBama -- NOT!

It is one thing to be on the ticket with Obama, another to support him. On the ticket means you're in the prime spot for 2012 after Obama tanks in November. This is why everyone wanted to be Obama's running mate.

Posted by: William | August 23, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Classy statement from Kaine.

That, by the way, is the point of this thread. Nevermind that three-quarters of these comments (I'm looking at you, James Ziolkowski, along with many others) express crude and irrelevant attitudes towards Obama, Biden, Clinton, and others who are beside the point.

There! Now I have vented too.

Posted by: black shirt | August 23, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Sam in Dallas, I totally get your point. Well said. More people feel like you than we know...and to Gary get over it.

Posted by: CMCD Hyattsville | August 23, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl, please don't disrupt the Virginia Politics blog. Just stay over on the Fix with all of your delusional postings.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 23, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't think for one second that any of these so-called Hillary supporters are anything but Republicans blowing hot air.

Hillary didnt even WANT to be vice president. She said she would serve if asked but she has also made darn clear that it wasnt something she wanted.

If I was the GOP I would wonder why my candidate was so bad I had to pretend to be a Democrat instead of standing up for the GOP.

Posted by: Cal | August 23, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Can someone send AsperGirl, Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton to Siberia?

Posted by: Jon | August 23, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Virginia is lucky to have a leader like Tim Kaine. Too bad the nation won't have the same opportunity this election season. Mr. Kaine's respect for Barack Obama is a position we can follow.

Posted by: Naturally_nice | August 23, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Okay everyone. Obama made a great decision by selecting Joe Biden. However, get ready for your next great surprise after Obama gets elected. Hillary will be selected for Supreme Court Justice! A great choice and Happy Days are here again!

Posted by: Mark In Alexandria | August 23, 2008 12:59 PM
You do realize that a slot on the Supreme Court has to open up first, yes?

Posted by: None of the Above 08 | August 23, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

This is another right wing lie: Obama picks and old rich white guy for his VP. So much for "CHANGE."

Posted by: James Ziolkowski <== wrong again


Posted by: Anonymous | August 23, 2008 1:59 PM
I thought change versus not change was based on time in Washington and here it actually comes down to money.

FWIW: Biden has been in Congress longer than McCain.

Posted by: None of the Above 08 | August 23, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I dont hear alot of cheering amongst Democrats on this page, he should've picked Hillary, or Kaine, or whoever. As an independent, I'm more concerned that if, not when, Obama is elected - will he pursue radical policies to pacify his most ardent supporters (African Americans) by doling out 'free money' in the form of reparations to descendants of slaves from the precivil war era? Sounds delusional and outrageous, some will say. To those folks I say wait and see. In the same way the government has nurtured the native American Indians through exclusive casino ownership - the Obama Robin Hood will divert hundreds of billions of American taxpayer dollars into rewarding blacks for social injustices incurred over a century ago. Sounds hysterical, you say? Michelle Obama's radical views of the 'racial divide' in America resulted in her senior thesis at Princeton being unavailable for review until Nov. 5, 2008, at the Princeton library, which is all know is after the presidential election. And what's wrong with rewarding descendents of slaves from the civil war era through reparations? It seems right to me. I just dont know who will have to pay for it.

Posted by: Nutcase or Visionary ? | August 23, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I agree with James. This could not have been his choice.


Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Joe Biden blue collar? lol You've got to be kidding me.

And to the dope who said those false bad things about McCains wife, Obama is the self proclaimed coke head and pot smoker. Read his book.

The 'white guilt' liberals will stop at nothing to portray B. Hussein Obama as the Messiah-the Chosen One.

Biden himself said that Obama was too inexperienced for the job. That I agree with. This is a dangerous world which is not the place for on the job experience.

Obama said he would meet with any terrorist dictator anywhere without preconditions, yet he's afraid to meet with McCain in ten public meetings for a debate.

Change is not putting a 30 year Washington insider on the ticket as his VP.

Posted by: James Ziolkowski | August 24, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama, say goodbye to Hillary Clinton voters. I wonder if Chris Matthews will now get tingling down his other leg with Obama's pick. Will Keith Olbermann check the price of Biden's home and his mothers as well? Some networks are so in the bag with Obama, that it's not even funny. This is America and not Cuba.

Was Osama bin Laden even vetted?

First it was convicted political fixer Antoin "Tony" Rezko; then it was Nadhmi Auchi; then it was William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn; then it was Rashid Khalidi; then it was Rev. Wright, Rev. Meeks, Rev. Otis, Father Pfleger and the TUCC; then it was Louis Farrakhan; then it was the New Black Panthers; then it was Aiham Alsammarae; then it was Jodie Evans; then it was Hamas; then it was Hugo Chavez; then it was Fidel Castro; then it was Muammar al-Gaddafi; then it was North Korea's Kim Jong-Il; then it was the Communist Party USA; then it was ___; and then it was ___.

Posted by: James Ziolkowski | August 24, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

More innuendo and false claims from right-wing dumbasses, such as yourself, James Ziolkowski? No change coming from the right, I see.

And then it was President Barack Hussein Obama...

Posted by: KThxBye! | August 25, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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