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Kaine Pledges to Finish His Term

Anita Kumar

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) pledged Tuesday to remain governor through January 2010 even if Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama wins the presidency and offers him a Cabinet job.

"Absolutely,'' he said on his monthly call-in show on WTOP Radio. "I'm gonna stay as governor all the way through January 2010."

Kaine, co-chairman of Obama's national campaign, had been seriously considered as a running mate for the Illinois senator. The two became friends after they campaigned together during Kaine's 2005 gubernatorial race and Kaine has returned the favor, stumping nationwide for him over the last year.

"If I was asked to be vice president... I would have said yes,'' Kaine said. But, he said, he plans to remain a volunteer if Obama wins. "I hope I can be helpful,'' he said.

Kaine also spoke about the state budget shortfall, which may reach $3 billion over two years, triple what was estimated a month ago. He will begin implementing cuts next week after releasing the state's new forecast for the rest of the two-year, $77 billion budget period that began July 1.

"Unfortunately the size of cuts I need to make means I can't hold anything harmless,'' he said on WTOP. "Nothing is off the table."

But Kaine did say he would probably not make K-12 education cuts this year since the school year had already started. If he trims education budgets, it would be next year.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 30, 2008; 11:26 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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So, Kaine pledges to finish his term. How nice.
Anyone remember Obama making the same pledge?

He did - and he was lying when he did it.

Just like Kaine is. For most of Virginia, we don't want Obama elected. But if he is, Virginia would be much better off if Kaine left to join his buddy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 30, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Governor Kaine, should Obama be elected President, and if you are offered a Cabinet Position PLEASE accept it.

Doing so would be the best contribution you could make to the Commonwealth overall.

Governor Kaine, if you want to see why the budget deficit continues to grow, view the budget line items and costs for programs to benefit illegal aliens.

The Commonwealth has a conservative estimated 250,000 illegal aliens. They breed like rabbits and roll onto the social services rolls .... funded by the already overburdened tax payers.

So Governor Kaine - if Obama makes an offer to join his Cabinet PLEASE go and we in Virginia will stand at the end of the Commonwealth line waving as you cross into DC.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 30, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Speak for yourself- most of VA DOES want Obama elected. Whether or not Kaine finishes up his term if Obama gets elected does not diminish the fact that he has been a very effective governor. As for the comment on illegal aliens, Prince William county has already seen the fiscal problems that arise when you "do away" with illegal aliens in one fell swoop. Whether you like it or not, they do contribute to the backbone of the economy. You can't just say get lost, and not suffer the economic consequences. Get over your blatant racism and start trying to come up with constructive solutions.

Posted by: SG | September 30, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

This is a non-worry. Hussein Millhouse Osama won't win anyway. But even if he did (and he won't), the last people Hussein Millhouse Nobama will ask to be in his cabinet will be a flunky hunky from Richmond.

In other words, you've been hyad Timmy.

Posted by: Doug Wilder | September 30, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Doug - Okay, I get the 'Osama' reference, 'Nobama', I'm not sure what that means, but 'Millhouse'? Is this a reference to the disgraced Richard Nixon? Wasn't he a Republican? I'm sure you're a thousand yuks in person, but I'm afraid your sophisticated humor is over my head.

Posted by: Harry | September 30, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous poster #1, you do not speak for all Virginians. In fact, despite what you think, you no longer speak for "most" Virginians either. Time to get it through your head that you are no longer the clear majority in this state. For the first time since I've lived here, Virginia is a presidential battleground state and finally my vote will count. We proved what “most” Virginians want with Warner, Kaine, and Webb. And we're going to do it again.

Posted by: sunny | September 30, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh, sure are some dumb Virginians here. SUre, Richard Milhouse Nixon was a Republican, so Bonehead's humor is ridiculous.

Posted by: Upwards | September 30, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Re: Harry's comments ...

Sarcasm is stating the opposite of an intended meaning especially in order to sneeringly, slyly, jest or mock a person, situation or thing. It is strongly associated with irony, with some definitions classifying it as a type of verbal irony intended to insult or wound. Sarcasm can also be used in a humorous or jesting way depending on the intent of the person speaking

Posted by: anonymous | September 30, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Shouldnt all you conservatives be reading the Washington Times...I mean is it that bad that not even conservatives can stand it?

Posted by: bryan | October 1, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

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