The Note: Veep's Week

Virginia gets a second day of Obama time, too, on Thursday: "Kaine spent 20 minutes huddled in a backroom, where he said he was 'filming a little thing' for the Obama campaign," Tim Craig reports for The Washington Post. "The cameraman later followed Kaine to Henrico County, where he held a town-hall meeting for Obama. But campaign officials stress the 'filming' of Kaine has nothing to do with Obama's choice of a running mate.

Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., showed he can make the soundbites sting (who's bland now?): "We are not all Georgians now," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation," per ABC's Matthew Jaffe and Julia Bain. "If we were Georgians and the Russians were invading our country and killing our people, we'd be in a state of war. And clearly, that's not what we want. And John sometimes, he's a good person, but he's a little bit given to this kind of bellicose rhetoric, which has a tendency to inflame conflicts rather than to diffuse them, and that's not what you want in a president."

Biden is auditioning from afar. "Mr. Biden's visit to Georgia (he was expected to return to Washington on Monday) highlighted his standing as an expert on foreign policy -- he is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee -- who is known and respected in capitals around the world," John M. Broder writes in The New York Times. "But it also emphasized his status as a Washington insider at a time when Americans say they are hungering for change."

Only Nunn, D-Ga., was named by Obama as a "wise" adviser Saturday at Saddleback.

David Broder gets a hint of how few hints are being dropped: "Patti Solis Doyle, the ousted Clinton campaign manager who will run the race of Obama's No. 2, told me that -- because she is flying blind -- she had started an office pool. Her entry: Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine. Two days later, Kaine's predecessor, Mark Warner, was announced as keynoter, apparently a signal that Kaine will not be No. 2."

Whoever it is, he (or she) will have to help with this, too: "Democrats face a number of imperatives at their convention, none trickier than making more voters comfortable with the prospect of putting a candidate with a most unusual background -- the son of a black Kenyan father and a white Kansan mother, who grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia -- and his family in the White House," Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg write in The New York Times. "No one, his advisers believe, makes the case better for Senator Barack Obama of Illinois than his wife, who will expand her profile by delivering one of the marquee speeches carried by television networks."

(And look for the Obama campaign Tuesday to announce a Thursday night convention speech by Al Gore, per ABC's Jennifer Duck.)

No free shots in this game -- and here's your public financing in action: "Sen. John McCain has so much spare cash on hand -- he collected a record $27 million in July -- that the Republican candidate plans to run campaign ads during the networks' coverage of the Democratic National Convention later this month," Joseph Curl writes in the Washington Times.

And this, as The New York Times' Patrick Healy takes the (quickened) Democratic pulse: "Party leaders -- while enthusiastic about Mr. Obama and his state-by-state campaign operations -- say he must do more to convince the many undecided Democrats and independents that he would address their financial anxieties rather than run, by and large, as an agent of change -- given that change, they note, is not an issue."

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