March 29th, 2011
08:38 PM ET

Obama + Kaine: mutual admiration society

WASHINGTON (CNN) – At a DNC fundraiser in Harlem, Barack Obama all but endorsed outgoing DNC chair and former Virginia governor Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate – a decision Kaine has not yet made (or at least announced).

While many have speculated Kaine will go “plunging back into the hurly-burly of electoral politics,” as Obama described it, so far the DNC chair has only coyly said he is likely to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Jim Webb (D).

"I don't know if those rumors are true, but what I do know is that I cannot imagine someone who has been a better partner to me, a better friend,” Obama said, according to a pool report. “Should he choose to do so, he would be an outstanding senator for the commonwealth of Virginia."

Perhaps this pre-endorsement is some kind of quid pro quo. After all, Kaine, then Virginia’s Governor (and superdelegate), was one of Obama's earliest supporters after the Illinois senator launched his long shot campaign against Hillary Clinton.

“I've often said, even better than being a part of a historical" campaign is "the opportunity to play a small part in a transformative presidency," Kaine said of Obama at the $1.5 million fundraiser.

If Kaine were to receive his party's nomination, he would likely face former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen, who has already announced his candidacy.

Topics: 2012 Election • fundraiser • Pool Report • President Obama • The Buzz • The News

soundoff (8 Responses)

    You can't have everything your way Obama time is running out on you. If I was you I'd start packing your time is limited. So don't be making any long range plans.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Bill

      Yep, Obama will be leaving the White House in January 2017. So sad.

      March 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Right

    go away you black infedel racists

    March 30, 2011 at 5:42 am |
  3. all the news that's fit to omit

    Hurly Burly, where does this geek get his unteleprompted ideas from?

    The fundraiser in chief "hard at work" and sheeple will vote for him because he can uh, uh, uh, uh, uh READ and nothing else.

    What a low bar Bill 10:38 has............

    March 30, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Is it 'TOTAL FACT' or 'TOTAL FACTS'? Did you forget Gaylon? We sure have had a slew of KU KLUX KLANers spewing hate, poision, harrassment and treason against PRESIDENT OBAMA, who happens to be a black man, an INTELLIGENT black man, on this blog! You may not be 'paying members', but you certainly do prove to have that 'klanish' mentality! You hate with a 'hot heat' to see intellect exuding from a black man! Many of the few others you've allowed to succeed in that area, are used by YOU, as pawns and tokens!

    March 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  5. Branden Poole

    As a native Virginian, let me just say that I look forward to voting AGAINST Kaine, should he run. No matter who his opponent is. Even if it be George "Macaca" Allen. Memo to Kaine: YOU are not the former Democrat governor we Virginians respect and admire. That person is Mark Warner. You are not even REMOTELY as classy or as capable as he is.

    March 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm |