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Will Meet The Press be a Preview of VP Debate?

Tim Craig

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) will have one last chance this weekend to prove to a national audience he is an effective surrogate for Sen.Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on the campaign trail.

Kaine will face off against Louisana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) this Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press.

Kaine is mentioned as a possible running mate for Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. Obama is expected to announce his running mate sometime next week.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, is reportedly considering Jindal as his running mate.

Last Sunday, Kaine appeared on CBS's Face The Nation. Over the past two weeks, Kaine has appeared on more than a half-dozen national news programs.

But Kaine advisers stress he is not actively campaigning to become Obama's running mate. The invitation to appear on Meet The Press came via the Obama campaign, Kaine advisers say.

After Meet The Press, Kaine will travel to Richmond to go door-to-door for Obama in Richmond.

By Tim Craig  |  August 15, 2008; 11:50 AM ET
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Should be interesting but no. No preview of VP debate there. Obama and McCain wouldn't let them go on before nomination if they were going to be chosen.

Posted by: Arny | August 15, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama will lose if he chooses Kaine. Mostly because of an enormously light ticket at a time of two wars, terrorism paranoia, and Russia and Iran causing trouble, but secondarily because Esam Omeish would become a household name.

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

What about Face the Nation on CBS? Pawlenty and Bayh, both my top picks for either candidate's running mate.

Posted by: S.K.M. Boston Mass | August 15, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama will win if he chooses Kaine. People are more concerned about foreclosures, the recession and gas prices than the war in Georgia

Posted by: Sally | August 16, 2008 4:39 AM | Report abuse

Bayh brings much more to an Obama Ticket than Kain. Foriegn policy experience and executive experience. Years in the senate and a record of not increasing taxes in the state of Indiana. So, us hoosiers have two less electoral votes. Bayh will play well in Michigan and Ohio with his strong midwestern labor ties. Oh and his wife is a knock out not just with her looks but intelligence and personality. Indiana will go Blue. Colts Democrat Blue through and through.

Posted by: Rob | August 16, 2008 5:48 AM | Report abuse

Can I just say... BORINNNNG! Nice guy but sorry, he does nothing for the ticket.

Posted by: Narnia | August 16, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

It will be Clark and Romney.

Posted by: Pragmatist | August 16, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Nope! Because Mitt Romney won't be there. If McCain adds Mitt to the ticket it will be "checkmate" for Obama..........sorry. Obama will probably lose no matter what as more and more Americans become "decontaminated" from the propaganda campaign that the liberal celebrities in Hollywood and in our liberal MSM wolfpack press have been pushing on the Ameican people for the past two years.

Obama is the MOST unqualfied candidate to ever run for POTUS.

Posted by: allen ridge | August 16, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I will not be voting for Mr. Obama if picks Kaine. I am very much into Obama's message for change, but to "change" an establishment that is Washington he must choose a running mate that is well versed in Washington. Having Obama's message of change with a figure that knows how Washington works is the best combination. Kaine is not that person, Joe Biden is, as is Bayh.

Posted by: Ted | August 16, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

THE GOP AND MCCAIN BETTER TAKE NOTICE, THEY ARE ABOUT TO LOSE THEYRE BASE. HUCKABEE SUPPORTERS HAVE STARTED A MOVEMENT TO TRY AND GET HUCKABEE TO BREAK AWAY FROM THE GOP. TO START A NEW PARTY. THE GOP AND MCCAIN BETTER BECAREFUL., THEY ARE ABOUT TO LOSE THEIR BASE. TAKE A LOOK FOR YOURSELVES.
http://www.mccanes.com/newparty.html

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I just think the best person for Obama is Govenor Kathleen Sebelius/Kansas. It would solve alot of his problems with the undecided vote. Solve the question with women also.

Posted by: Reid | August 16, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

"I just think the best person for Obama is Govenor Kathleen Sebelius/Kansas. It would solve alot of his problems with the undecided vote. Solve the question with women also."

Yep....

JC

Posted by: JC | August 16, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama picking Kathleen Sebelius will be a disaster. First of all, she is an EXTREMELY boring speaker. Does anyone remember her State of the State Address following Bush's State of the Union Address? It was like watching paint dry! Also, those 18 million voters for Hillary Clinton will cry foul. Why? Because Hillary got in the trenches with the big boys, slugged it out and showed she could go toe-to-toe AND the distance. Handing the job to a woman who hasn't had to do any of the hard work is a HUGE slap in the face because if, in fact, Obama is going to pick a woman VP, it should go to the woman who has been veted and has proven she can take the pressure. I am from Kansas and Sebelius doesn't excite or impress most people here. She has the personality of a slug on a hot summer day. If Obama is going to go with a woman, he should show sound judgement by picking the woman who has always worked hard, is diligent, has foreign policy experience,tenacity, has a lifetime of politics in her background, talent, stamina, intellect, and a wealth of how things get done in Washington. He should not go with Kathleen Sebelius who does not have that much more experience than he does which is next to nothing. The country does not need two wet-behind-the-ears people running the White House. It is almost too frightening to imagine!!

Posted by: Mary | August 16, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Jindal has stated definitively that he is not interested and would not accept if offered. I believe he doesn't want to have been associated with a campaign that lost. He wants to run for president himself in the future and wants to be free from the stigma that goes with having been part of a previous losing campaign.

I think Condi Rice could give McCain more than anyone else could, but he will not pick her.

My instincts tell me Obama will go with Biden.

Posted by: tharriso | August 16, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I think Ivan Bayh would fit the bill. I would be ok with Tim Kaine also, except he does not have any experience, although loyalty must count for something. I believe, if Obama was 10 point ahead of McCain at this moment and was a clearcut front runner, he would definitely reward Kaine for his loyalty.
Bayh is young, and brings Sen.Clinton's supporters with him. Biden does the same except he is not going to bring any state with him like Kaine would Virginia, or Bayh would Indiana.
So, I think the smart choice would be Bayh. Ivan is the man.

Posted by: moe | August 16, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Go Mary!

Posted by: mtrav | August 16, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

allen ridge --

I can think of several candidates less-qualified than Barack Obama. (and I'm not even including George W. Bush on this list!)

- William Henry Harrison -- only reason he was nominated to begin with was because the Whigs wanted their own version of Andrew Jackson.

- Abe Lincoln -- not saying that Barack Obama would be a Lincoln-type president, but what did Lincoln have other than one term in Congress and a few years in the state legislature?

- Zachary Taylor -- backwoods soldier, never voted in his life until his own election.

- Harry Truman -- 10 years before taking office, he was a County Judge in Missouri whose biggest challenge was figuring out which country roads outside Independence, Mo. needed repair.

Posted by: Jack | August 16, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is a scary guy. I would rather have 8 years more of Bush and he's the worst prez ever until now. If you like more wars, you'll love McCain. He's maniacal. That time in prison must have made him crazy.

Posted by: David | August 16, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Unlikely Obama will pick Bayh as he would lose a Senate seat to the Republicans. Given the events of the last week and a Democratic Governor in Delaware it is more likely he will go with Biden.

Posted by: Peter Katz | August 17, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

i guess i feel like Hillary is the best candidate, she showed this by her campaigning after she got her act together. the other thing is it seems like obama would be a more substantial candidate if he didnt duck bill and hillary. the democrats need to be united in a way they were not when Gore ran for president

Posted by: bryce McMurry | August 17, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

i guess i feel like Hillary is the best candidate, she showed this by her campaigning after she got her act together. the other thing is it seems like obama would be a more substantial candidate if he didnt duck bill and hillary. the democrats need to be united in a way they were not when Gore ran for president

Posted by: bryce McMurry | August 17, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

If this Sunday line-up is the current short list -- all I have to say is boring. I'd capitalize boring but that's the point. There's nothing her to capitalize. Obama's first big decision is a big yawn. I'm very disappointed.

Posted by: free bird | August 17, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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