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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-27-08 10:54 PM
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A closer look seems to confirm Kaine will be the VP Nominee
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Checking a little deeper I was surprised to find that Senator Obama and Governor Kaine share a great deal in common. Their mothers were both born in El Dorado, Kansas. They both went to Harvard law school and committed to applying themselves to community service work. They both practiced civil rights law. Governor Kaine was a part of the Obama campaign from day one.

Here are the details:

I) Relistening to Senator Obama's strong performance on MTP

Talking about his Vice Presidential choice the following words jumped out at me:

I want somebody with: integrity, independence, I want somebody with a shared vision of not only where the country is going but how the country should be governed.

. . .

The most important thing from my perspective is someone who can help me govern I want somebody who I am compatible with,who I can work with who has a shared vision, who certainly compliments me and has a knowledge base or an area of expertise that can be useful.

II) So the key seems to be a) shared vision and b) useful area of expertise c) somebody who can help govern

In general these three areas would seem to suggest somebody that hasn't been in politics so long that their vision has been 'co-opted', and also somebody that has executive experience. It tends to reinforce the idea that it is someone outside of Washington, a governor.

III) Kaine's endorsement of Obama

Going back to the very very early days of the campaign. I knew that Kaine had endorsed early. I was shocked to find out that he endorsed Senator Obama the week after he announced. Senator Obama announces his candidacy formally on February 10th 2007 and travels to Virginia the next week for the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on February 18th where Governor Kaine endorsed him.

That can mean only one thing: That Senator Obama had long confided in Governor Kaine even before he endorsed. Their relationship goes back to 2005 when Senator Obama came to help campaign for Kaine's campaign.

It must have been quite a discovery for both of them to realize that they shared so much in common, with family roots going back to the same small town, graduating from Harvard and a similar post graduate type of experience:

"In 2005, Obama came to Virginia to help Kaine campaign for governor. The two discovered they had much in common: Their mothers were born in El Dorado, Kan.; both politicians graduated from Harvard Law School; and both practiced civil rights law. Kaine was once a missionary in Central America; Obama was a community organizer in Chicago."

and does this sound like they share a common vision? Why Kaine endorses Obama:

Although Obama has been in the Senate only two years, Kaine said he is not concerned about whether the candidate has enough experience to be president.

"The basic experience I'm looking for begins very deeply with values," Kaine said.

Facts about Governor Kaine that make him a very attractive addition to the ticket:

1) Born in Minnesota, raised in Missouri , and lives in Virginia

2) Catholic - serious enough to "a year-long break during law school to work with the Jesuit order as a Catholic missionary in Honduras."

3) Governing experience - City Council, Mayor, Lieutenant Governor, Governor

4) Fluent in Spanish

5) Wife is a Juvenile Court Judge and is the daughter of a Virginia Governor

Wikipedia article:

And now for a teaser: The Obama campaign has announced that Senator Obama will be in Missouri this week. Just like he brought Edwards to Michigan and Clinton to NH it would be a stunning surprise to make the announcement in Missouri where Governor Kaine grew up.

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