WASHINGTON - Governor Timothy Kaine of Virginia has told close associates that he has had "very serious" conversations with Senator Barack Obama about joining the Democratic presidential ticket and has provided documents to the campaign as it combs through his background, according to several sources close to Kaine.
Senators Evan Bayh of Indiana and Joe Biden of Delaware are also being seriously vetted by the campaign staff, according to sources with knowledge of the process. Obama has revealed little about which way he is leaning. And despite rising anticipation that a decision is imminent, campaign officials said an announcement is likely in mid-August, shortly before the Democratic National Convention.
Obama's top aides David Plouffe and David Axelrod huddled yesterday in the Washington office of Eric Holder, who along with Caroline Kennedy is vetting potential vice presidential picks.
Kaine and Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas are the only state leaders believed to be under serious consideration, according to sources close to Obama.
Democrats who have knowledge of the vetting process said others being considered include Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Senator Hillary Clinton of New York, and former senator Sam Nunn of Georgia.