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"Yea, I am Sure," Kaine tells Obama

Tim Craig

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) said today he has twice made it clear to President-Elect Barack Obama that he does not want to be considered for a cabinet position until after he leaves office in 2010.

Speaking on his monthly call-in show on WTOP radio, Kaine said the first discussion occurred this summer during Obama's vice-presidential selection process. Kaine said he would have left office early for the vice-presidency but told Obama "I really can't leave early for the cabinet."

After the election, Kaine said he and Obama also briefly conversed about the cabinet..

"We communicated right after the election to say, 'hey are you sure? Yea I am sure'," Kaine said.

But Kaine said today he hopes to be helpful to Obama "in a volunteer way" next year, perhaps as a liaison between the administration and governors.

By Tim Craig  |  November 25, 2008; 11:22 AM ET
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