Kaine Obama’s VP Pick? ‘I Really Don’t Know,’ He Said

By Jennifer Parker

Aug 20, 2008 4:29pm

ABC News’ Jennifer Duck reports from Newport News, Va.: Potential Obama vice presidential pick Gov. Tim Kaine is driving all over the state today in what sure looks like a full scale presidential campaign, but his press secretary Gordon Hickey says the governor does these "cabinet day" tours around different cities a few times a year and this has been "long-planned." That said, the Virginia governor is traveling in a black Chevy Trailblazer while a large bus full of staff trails behind him. At his most recent stop, number three of five, Kaine was addressed with a big smile as the "future vice president" by Commissioner Mike Kuzma.  Kuzma told ABC News after the event, "I had a crystal ball but I dropped it on the way here … I don’t know if he will get it," he said of Obama’s vice-presidential slot, "but I hope he does." Mayor Joe Frank of Newport News, Virginia introduced the governor to a group of senior citizens, predicting with a smile Kaine may get the call at any time. "I offered to hold his phone while he was speaking," the town mayor said. "He told me it wasn’t necessary. So if all the sudden he stops talking we should understand." Kaine was caught, off camera, whispering to one official at the event saying, "I really don’t know" who Obama will choose. Asked directly by reporters for the second time today if he received a call from Obama, Kaine dodged saying that’s "for the Obama campaign to announce." When asked earlier in the day if he had spoken to Obama, Kaine said "I’m going to leave the speculators to speculate." The attention by fellow Virginians lobbying for him to have the role of vice president was very apparent but Kaine brushed it off saying, "I think they are loving the excitement." UPDATE: Kaine refused to confirm a Politico report that Obama is staying the night tonight at the Virginia governor’s mansion. "I’m not going to talk about my interactions with the campaign," Kaine said with a coy smile before he ducked into his car. However Obama’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki told ABC News’ Sunlen Miller that Obama would be staying in a Virginia hotel tonight. For more ABC News coverage of the veepstakes click HERE and HERE.

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