For 15 minutes this morning, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, met privately with Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Kaine’s staff at the Omni Hotel in Richmond.
At 10:05 am ET, the two Democrats descended a staircase and shook hands with about 100 fans gathered in the atrium.
After the meeting, a reporter asked Gov. Kaine if Sen. Obama asked him to be his running mate. Kaine’s response was the standard line he’s given all week: "I’m going to let the campaign speak for the campaign."
When asked what he and Sen. Obama talked about this morning Kaine said, "He visited with my staff just to basically say hi to them and thank them for all their hard work."
The two men are currently holding an event in Chester, Virginia, at John Tyler Community College.
Tyler was the last Vice President to hail from Virginia. After President William Henry Harrison died from an illness, Tyler became president, nicknamed "His Accidency."
UPDATE: From ABC News’ Jennifer Duck: Sen. Obama spent most of his morning with one of the rumored vice presidential contenders Gov. Tim Kaine and the two appeared on stage together for over an hour at an event in Chester, Virginia.
Compliments between the two leaders were exchanged publicly at the event, however there was no mention of the vice presidency.
Kaine spent a majority of his five minute introduction praising Obama and attacking Republican rival Sen. John McCain.
“One of the things that makes me laugh the most is people who say a vote for senator might be risky—well, let me tell you what risk is,” Kaine said to the small crowd. “When the economy is the front and center thing that all Americans are so concerned about right now, to put somebody in the White House that says ‘I don’t know much about economy,’ that is risky folks. That’s what Sen McCain said and that’s risky.”
The Virginia Governor also tagged Sen McCain to President Bush saying the two are in “lockstep" and McCain would make the same choices as the president if he could do it all over again.
As Sen. Obama stumped to make the red state turn blue, Kaine sat to the side on a stool listening. Sen. Obama also criticized Sen. McCain on Iraq, the economy, and McCain’s inability to understand middle class Americans.