Kaine Falls Short of VP, But “Excited” Obama Picked Biden

By Theresa Cook

Aug 23, 2008 8:45am

ABC News’ Jennifer Duck Reports: Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who was on the shortlist for the Democratic vice presidential nomination, said he is "excited" for Sen. Barack Obama’s new running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware.

Kaine was widely seen as one of Obama’s best options to double down on his campaign’s "change" theme.  Kaine attempted to validate Biden as part of that message in a written statement issued Saturday morning.

"While families across America are looking for results and solutions-oriented leaders, Senator John McCain offers more of the same failed policies of the last eight years,” the statement said.

“The Obama-Biden ticket offers Americans a clear choice and a real opportunity for change.”

Kaine praised Biden as "a tremendous leader and a great complement to Senator Obama and his candidacy." 

He also highlighted Biden’s foreign policy experience saying, "The Obama-Biden ticket provides the United States with a new and meaningful dialogue with world leaders and will improve America’s standing with our allies and the global community."

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