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Obama on Kaine: “I want to hear what he wants to do”

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I just finished my exclusive one on one interview with President Barack Obama. We are currently in the White House Press Briefing room reviewing the material.

One big issue we covered with the President is the future of Virginia’s senate seat that is soon to be vacated by Jim Webb.  No Democrat has been willing to offer themselves up as a candidate for the office, in part because former Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine has not decided what he wants to do.

Much of the speculation is that is is the President, a close friend of Kaine’s and the person who hand picks the DNC Chairman, will decide for Kaine if he will run.

In our interview Mr. Obama said the decision is up to Kaine.

“I want to hear what he wants to do,” Obama said. “I think he would be a great Senator from Virginia if he chose to do that.”

The President seemed to deflect the notion that Kaine serves at his wit and whim and whatever Obama says goes.

“As good of a friend as he is of mine, his less concerned about serving me, he is more concerned about serving the American people and the people of Virginia,” said Obama.

Based on news reports that leaked after our conversation it seems that the President and the former Governor have already had that conversation. If what the president said is true, it seems this decision will be all up to Kaine.

UPDATE: Here is the clip from our exclusive interview:

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Written by Ryan Nobles

February 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

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  2. [...] the last several weeks Kaine has talked to President Obama about a potential run, huddled with former staffers at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner and went away on vacation with his [...]


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