Kaine introduces Obama, spurring VP talk
RICHMOND, VA. – Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine introduced Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at a townhall event on Thursday, spurring the latest flurry of speculation about whether an announcement was imminent on Obama’s running-mate pick.
Kaine, along with Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden, are thought to be among the finalists to become Obama’s vice presidential running-mate.
Obama and Kaine appeared together at an event on the economy at a community college in Chester, Virginia. It was part of a two-and-a-half day bus tour through the state.
Further stoking media interest in Kaine was a visit by him to Obama’s hotel in Richmond on Thursday morning.
But Obama’s campaign played down the significance of that.
“They’re just riding over to the event together, pretty standard fare,” said Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
After meeting for 15 minutes with Obama at the hotel, Kaine walked out with him. Pressed by a reporter about the VP talks, he said, “I’m going to let the campaign speak for the campaign.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria (Barack Obama and Tim Kaine wave to supporters in picture taken February 9)