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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Barack Obama

Kaine tells enthusiastic Virginia Democrats he needs more time

Hundreds of Democrats from across Virginia descended on the capital city Saturday night to raise money for the state party, catch up with longtime friends and, of course, speculate about who might run for U.S. Senate next year. The state party's biggest fundraiser of the year turned into a guessing game as activists contemplated who among their party might run to replace U.S. Sen. Jim Webb in one of the most-closely watched Senate races of 2012. Timothy M. Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, former Virginia governor and possible candidate, was greeted by enthusiastic crowds of activists in his hometown by those wanting him to run. Numerous party leaders, including U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner and the state's congressmen, urged him from the stage to jump into the race. But after consulting with President Obama and being encouraged to run by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, both of...

By Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 19, 2011; 9:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Barack Obama, George F. Allen, James P. Moran Jr., James Webb, Mark Warner, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, Terry McAuliffe, Timothy M. Kaine, Tom Perriello  
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Obama and Kaine speak

The Fix reports President Barack Obama and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine spoke via phone today, according to two sources familiar with the conversation. Kaine, former Virginia governor, is being encouraged by national and state Democrats to run for the Senate seat held by Democrat Jim Webb. There was no read out of the conversation, although it's hard to imagine Kaine's consideration of a Virginia Senate candidacy didn't come up, according to the Fix....

By Washington Post Editors  | February 16, 2011; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Election 2012, Timothy M. Kaine, U.S. Senate  
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List of possible Democratic contenders for Webb's Senate seat lengthens

With no obvious successor for Sen. Jim Webb (D), who announced his retirement Wednesday, the list of possible Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate next year is growing -- and growing. Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, quickly became the first choice for many Democrats, but the former Virginia governor previously said he was not interested in running. Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder (D) said that may change if President Obama asks him to run. "The President needs to have Virginia in his camp next year,'' Wilder said. "Who is that person that can galvanize and bring support from the base? As Governor Kaine said before, you can't turn the President down." Other potential candidates include two Democrats who lost their congressional seats in 2010 -- Reps. Rick Boucher and Tom Perriello. Mame Reiley, a longtime Democratic consultant and Democratic National Committee member who worked for former governors...

By Anita Kumar  | February 10, 2011; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Barack Obama, Election 2012, Gerald E. Connolly, Glenn Nye, James Webb, Rick Boucher, Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, Terry McAuliffe, Timothy M. Kaine, Tom Perriello, U.S. Senate  
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McDonnell, 27 other governors ask Obama to support speedy Supreme Court review of health care law

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has joined 27 other governors in asking that President Obama direct the U.S. Justice Department to seek immediate review by the Supreme Court of constitutional challenges to the federal health care law filed in Virginia and Florida.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 9, 2011; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Ken Cuccinelli, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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Virginia flags lowered for Arizona shooting victims

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has ordered U.S. and Virginia flags be flown at half-staff at all local, state and federal buildings in the state in honor of the victim's in Saturday's deadly shooting in Arizona. Flags will remain lowered until sunset Friday pursuant to President Obama's proclamation. "The Governor is deeply saddened by the news coming from Arizona,'' McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said. "His thoughts and prayers are with the Congresswoman, her staff, the other victims, and all their friends and families." Meanwhile, statements from Virginia officials keep pouring. See below for a sampling:...

By Anita Kumar  | January 10, 2011; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Barack Obama, Brian J. Moran, Eric Cantor, Frank R. Wolf, Mark Warner, Morgan Griffith, Rob Wittman, Robert F. McDonnell, Robert Hurt  
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Poll: Virginia tea party supporters very conservative, very white

Roanoke College poll finds that those who said they agree with the tea party closely mirrored those who otherwise identified themselves as conservative when asked questions about issues.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 4, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Polls, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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Older Entries in This Category »

New poll shows solid approval rating for McDonnell but not Obama, Rosalind S. Helderman , December 21, 2010
Video: Obama reads to Long Branch second graders, Christy Goodman , December 17, 2010
Obama wind program draws praise from McDonnell, Sierra Club, Rosalind S. Helderman , November 24, 2010
Obama rallies thousands for freshman Perriello, Anita Kumar , October 29, 2010
Hurt: Obama's visit for Perriello is 'payback', Anita Kumar , October 29, 2010
Federal judge hears suit against health care law, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 18, 2010
Former Loudoun delegate confirms run for state Senate, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 9, 2010
Cantor welcomes Obama to Richmond, in a way, Rosalind S. Helderman , September 29, 2010
Federal education stimulus funds sought, Anita Kumar , September 9, 2010
Warner campaigns for Nye, Perriello , Anita Kumar , August 25, 2010
Judge to rule on Va.'s health-care suit by end of July, Rosalind S. Helderman , July 1, 2010
Md. senators weigh in on Va. drilling, Rosalind S. Helderman , May 20, 2010
Obama, McDonnell, grip and grin in Hampton, Rosalind S. Helderman , May 10, 2010
Obama at Hampton: Education can "fortify our nation", Rosalind S. Helderman , May 9, 2010
UPDATED: McDonnell to see Obama address Hampton grads, Rosalind S. Helderman , May 8, 2010
Jon Stewart pokes fun at Virginia -- again, Anita Kumar , April 9, 2010
Obama holds health-care pep rally in Fairfax, Anne Bartlett , March 19, 2010
Live video: Obama on health care from George Mason University, Christopher Dean Hopkins , March 19, 2010
Obama will take health care fight to George Mason on Friday, Christopher Dean Hopkins , March 16, 2010
Kaine, Obama rally Democrats in snow-covered DC, Anita Kumar , February 7, 2010
In State of the Union, Obama talks up oil drilling, carefully, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 27, 2010
McDonnell to deliver State of the Union response for Republicans, Christopher Dean Hopkins , January 21, 2010
Barry (Obama) from D.C. asks the governor on WTOP, Rosalind S. Helderman , December 22, 2009
Alexandria store serves as backdrop for Obama round table, Christopher Dean Hopkins , December 15, 2009
Prefiled Picks: Legislation to Watch, Rosalind S. Helderman , December 9, 2009
Obama calls McDonnell , Anita Kumar , November 4, 2009
Kaine appears on MSNBC on election eve, Anita Kumar , November 2, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 30, 2009
Obama push for Deeds continues, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 29, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 29, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 28, 2009
Obama, Deeds: funny names, Anita Kumar , October 27, 2009
Gibbs: Virginia as 'purple as it can get', Rosalind S. Helderman , October 27, 2009
Obama wants his 'friends' to come out for Deeds, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 27, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 27, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 26, 2009
Obama signs email for Deeds, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 21, 2009
Obama in Norfolk for Deeds next week, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 21, 2009
Deeds releases ad featuring Obama, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 21, 2009
The Kitchen Table: Disenchanted Obama voter, revisited, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 20, 2009
College Dems Bus in For Deeds, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 17, 2009
Obama "Will Be Back," Says Deeds , Rosalind S. Helderman , October 15, 2009
Obama in Virginia, But Not For Deeds, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 14, 2009
McDonnell "Delighted" Obama Won Nobel, Rosalind S. Helderman , October 9, 2009
Deeds on Obama: 'Yes, He Will.', Rosalind S. Helderman , October 9, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Anita Kumar , October 9, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Anita Kumar , October 7, 2009
'Fairfax's Own' Pays Homage, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 4, 2009
Virginia Receives $2.8M in Inaugural Expenses, Anita Kumar , September 2, 2009
Kaine In N.J., Participates in DNC Forum, Anita Kumar , August 20, 2009
On The Record, Anita Kumar , August 14, 2009
Deeds: Obama's Paying Attention to Virginia, Rosalind S. Helderman , August 11, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Anita Kumar , August 10, 2009
The Kitchen Table, Sandhya Somashekhar , August 7, 2009
President Tells His Backers To Get 'Fired Up' for Deeds, Christopher Dean Hopkins , August 7, 2009
Pool Report for Deeds Fundraiser, Rosalind S. Helderman , August 6, 2009
Obama Backers and One Small Protest, Christopher Dean Hopkins , August 6, 2009
Ballroom Filling for Deeds Rally, Rosalind S. Helderman , August 6, 2009
Deeds Takes Page from Obama; Stay Tuned for Rally Coverage, Rosalind S. Helderman , August 6, 2009
Beyer's Going-Away Party, Anita Kumar , August 5, 2009
Deeds, Cranwell: Mullins Comment Just Like Bush , Rosalind S. Helderman , August 3, 2009
Deeds Picks Up Another Kaine Staffer, Anita Kumar , July 30, 2009
Battleground Bristol, Rosalind S. Helderman , July 29, 2009
Wilder: Deeds Has Not Yet Asked, Rosalind S. Helderman , July 24, 2009
Wilder's Nod Remains Elusive , Rosalind S. Helderman , July 24, 2009
Deeds Pulls in the President, Rosalind S. Helderman , July 23, 2009
Obama Machine Heads to Reston Tonight, Amy Gardner , July 13, 2009
Healthcare Fight Comes to Va, Anita Kumar , July 9, 2009
Obama in Annandale, Deeds in Hampton Roads, Rosalind S. Helderman , July 1, 2009
Davis: 'Probably Not' on Cyber Czar, Amy Gardner , June 26, 2009
Obama Pens Email for Deeds, Rosalind S. Helderman , June 15, 2009
Deeds, Dems On Tour , Rosalind S. Helderman , June 12, 2009
Ambassador Beyer, Anita Kumar , June 11, 2009
Kaine Praises Sotomayor , Anita Kumar , May 26, 2009
Hold the Politics, Rosalind S. Helderman , May 5, 2009
Kaine on Supreme News, Rosalind S. Helderman , May 1, 2009
Chopra to White House, Anita Kumar , April 17, 2009
Obama Supporters To Canvass in Va, Anita Kumar , March 20, 2009
Republicans Target Democratic Fundraising, Anita Kumar , January 14, 2009
Chairman Kaine, Anita Kumar , January 10, 2009
Kaine To Be DNC Chairman, Anita Kumar , January 4, 2009
Chopra Volunteering for Obama, Anita Kumar , December 30, 2008
Kaine Meets With Obama, Other Governors, Anita Kumar , November 26, 2008
Big Va. Crowd Wraps Up Obama Campaign , Kristen Mack , November 3, 2008
Biden Makes One Last Stop in Va, Anita Kumar , November 3, 2008
Voters Warned to Check on Polling Place, Anita Kumar , November 3, 2008
The Final Push (Updated), Anita Kumar , November 2, 2008
NRA Runs Anti-Obama Ads in Va , Anita Kumar , November 2, 2008
Clinton Will Visit NoVa Sunday, Anita Kumar , October 31, 2008
Paltrow Cancels Va Appearances , Anita Kumar , October 30, 2008
Wilder Asks Kaine to Extend Polling Hours, Anita Kumar , October 29, 2008
Kaine Hits the Road for Obama , Anita Kumar , October 27, 2008
Obama Returns to Va Tuesday, Anita Kumar , October 25, 2008
Counting Down to the Election , Anita Kumar , October 25, 2008
Obama Airs New Ad in Virginia, Anita Kumar , October 24, 2008
Webb, Clyburn Hold Rallies for Obama, Anita Kumar , October 22, 2008
Warner Ads for Obama Begin Tonight, Anita Kumar , October 21, 2008
Surrogates Flock to Virginia (Updated), Anita Kumar , October 20, 2008
Real Virginia?, Anita Kumar , October 18, 2008
Va First Ladies Campaign for Obama, Anita Kumar , October 15, 2008
Kaine, Allen Square Off in Debate, Anita Kumar , October 14, 2008
Military Leaders Hold Town Halls for Obama, Anita Kumar , October 9, 2008
McCain's Campaign Holds Events in Va Today, Anita Kumar , October 4, 2008
Biden Returns to Virginia Sunday, Anita Kumar , October 2, 2008
Bluegrass Legend Releases Ad for Obama, Anita Kumar , October 2, 2008
Obama Will Campaign in Newport News , Anita Kumar , October 1, 2008
Obama Opens Up Lead in Va., Tim Craig , October 1, 2008
McCain Adds A Dozen New Offices in Va., Tim Craig , October 1, 2008
McCain Airs New Ad in Virginia, Anita Kumar , September 30, 2008
McCain Releases New Radio Ad in Virginia, Anita Kumar , September 29, 2008
Texas Congressman Campaigns for Obama, Anita Kumar , September 29, 2008
Virginia GOP Seizes on Obama Yard Sign Shortage, Tim Craig , September 25, 2008
Obama, Biden Will Campaign in Va , Anita Kumar , September 24, 2008
Virginia GOP Begins Robo Calls, Tim Craig , September 23, 2008
Biden Campaigns in Prince William Today, Anita Kumar , September 23, 2008
Kansas Gov Campaigns for Obama in Va, Anita Kumar , September 22, 2008
McCain Opens More Offices in Virginia, Anita Kumar , September 22, 2008
Kaine, Others Campaign for Obama This Weekend, Anita Kumar , September 17, 2008
Biden to Campaign in Loudoun, Anita Kumar , September 17, 2008
GOP Talks to Voters While Wilder Talks to God, Tim Craig , September 15, 2008
Michelle Obama Returns to Virginia, Anita Kumar , September 14, 2008
Poll Holds Good News for Obama, McCain in Va., Tim Craig , September 12, 2008
McCain Gets Into Organizing Game, Tim Craig , September 11, 2008
New Poll Shows McCain Leads Obama in Va, Anita Kumar , September 10, 2008
Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Endorses Obama , Anita Kumar , September 9, 2008
Obama Will Be in Norfolk Tomorrow, Tim Craig , September 9, 2008
Obama Heading to Southwest Virginia, Tim Craig , September 6, 2008
Kaine Will Join Biden at Town Hall, Tim Craig , September 3, 2008
Obama, Biden Look For Votes in Prince William, Tim Craig , September 3, 2008
Kaine Speaks at Convention Tonight, Anita Kumar , August 28, 2008
Kaine Will Appear on The Daily Show, Anita Kumar , August 26, 2008
Kaine's Big Audience, Tim Craig , August 24, 2008
Kaine Responds to Obama's VP Pick, Anita Kumar , August 23, 2008
Virginia Democrats Target McCain's Wealth, Tim Craig , August 22, 2008
McDonnell Criticizes Obama , Anita Kumar , August 21, 2008
McCain's Bus Travels to Virginia , Anita Kumar , August 21, 2008
Obama Airs New Ad in Virginia, Anita Kumar , August 20, 2008
GOP Finds Issue in Warner Speech, Tim Craig , August 20, 2008
Obama, Warner Set Southside Visit, Tim Craig , August 16, 2008
Virginians Can Ask Questions in Denver, Anita Kumar , August 13, 2008
Bob Barr Campaigns for President in Va, Anita Kumar , August 12, 2008
Kal Penn Will Campaign for Obama in Va, Anita Kumar , August 11, 2008
Kaine Talks about Obama on "Face the Nation", Anita Kumar , August 11, 2008
McCain Airs New Ad in Virginia, Anita Kumar , August 10, 2008
More Than 1,000 Attend Obama Fundraiser, Anita Kumar , August 7, 2008
Kaine Appears on CNN for Obama, Anita Kumar , August 6, 2008
MCain Airs New TV Ad in Virginia, Anita Kumar , August 6, 2008
Michelle Obama to Speak to Military Spouses, Anita Kumar , August 5, 2008
Cantor Won't Talk About the VP Slot, Anita Kumar , August 4, 2008
Michelle Obama Will Visit Virginia, Anita Kumar , August 1, 2008
Democrats Open More Offices in Virginia, Anita Kumar , July 31, 2008
McCain Airs New Ad In Virginia, Anita Kumar , July 30, 2008
Democrats Plot Aggressive Press Strategy, Anita Kumar , July 22, 2008
Obama Will Open 20 Offices in Virginia, Tim Craig , July 16, 2008
No Plans Yet for Kaine Convention Speech, Tim Craig , July 10, 2008
Nader Vows to Get on Virginia Ballot, Tim Craig , July 10, 2008
AFL-CIO Targets McCain in Virginia, Tim Craig , July 9, 2008
 
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