Kaine Pledges to Finish His Term
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.
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