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Kaine and Obama Trade Emails

Anita Kumar

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and President-Elect Barack Obama have not spoken by phone since the Nov. 4 election but the two friends have traded a number of emails.

Kaine said today that Obama and his transition staff have not asked him about serving in the new Cabinet.

"I'm here,'' he said. "I'm not going anywhere."

Kaine, who was a national co-chairman of Obama's campaign and on his short list for vice president, said he continues to shoot down rumors that he will leave the Governor's Mansion for a job in the administration. He said he doesn't know why people don't believe him.

"Why is that? Because I'm in politics?'' he said. "I said I wasn't going to do it. Find an example of me saying equivocally one thing and then doing the opposite."

In recent days, Kaine has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. Kaine said a DNC official contacted him but he told the person that he was not interested in the job while serving as governor.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 19, 2008; 4:33 PM ET
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