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Sebelius to campaign for Obama in Iowa; no word on VP choice

More silence on Thursday over the future political plans of Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

August 21, 2008

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Kathleen Sebelius: Two decades in politics

Kathleen Sebelius is the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services in Obama's Cabinet. She has served as Kansas' governor since 2002 and before that was insurance commissioner and a state representative.

— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday could have outrun the Jamaican Olympic sprinters the way she slipped past reporters who were trying to ask about her vice-presidential aspirations.

After a brief event at Seaman High School, Sebelius jumped in her car, saying, "I know I'm off to Iowa," where she spent the day campaigning for presumed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, Obama told reporters that he has settled on a VP selection, but he declined to comment further. His campaign has said his choice will be released in a text message to supporters before Saturday, when he's scheduled to appear with his running mate at a rally in Springfield, Ill.

Sebelius spoke in Des Moines to a group about pay equity issues, and was asked if it was flattering to be vetted by the Obama campaign.

"No one said I was being vetted," she said.

But Sebelius noted that she has won four statewide elections - two gubernatorial races and two contests for state insurance commissioner - in Republican-rich Kansas by wooing moderate Republicans who are unhappy with the social conservative wing of the party.

"We have taken advantage of this enormous split, an enormous split in the Republican Party," Sebelius said. "We have a lot of Republicans in Kansas who have much more in common with me than this new branch of their party."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments

Richard Heckler 6 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps these are reasons that McCain wants to avoid serious discussions and allow typical swift boat tactics to distract the voters. Very irresponsible on the part of John McCain.In the last 7 years McCain blindly supports a party with a history of Iran-Contra,Savings and Loan Scandal,Sub Prime Scandal, supporting a lying president/illegal occupation of another country,spying on americans at will,president lying about social security http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives ... 05orr.htmland the killing or injury of at least 1,000,000 Iraq people.MAJOR concerns are: Bring all the troops home. The Iraq people know how to rebuild a country and run an oil business. Their oil is not our oil.40,000 disabled troops 4,000 dead troops Vet benefits 1,000,000 dead Iraq men,women and Children A WASHED OUT ECONOMY Creating new industry that cannot be outsourced Cleaner Energy Sources National Health Insurance Dumping No Child Left Behind Restoring Rights of Americans that republicans took away Reining in the power of the President Restoring the EPA Acts that the republican wiped out Restoring the USDA to a credible agency that places consumers over special interest money* Voter Rights NOT special interest rights:Campaigns go too long,spend way too much money and do not necessarily provide the best available.It is up to us to stop the nonsense at the voting booths on the 2008 ballot.Not voting sends the wrong message and changes nothing.Lets's demand a new system and vote in Fair Vote America : http://www.fairvote.org/irv/Demand a change on the 2008 ballot.We need public financing of campaigns. Citizens cannot afford special interest money campaigns for it is the citizens that get left out.http://www.publicampaign.org/Who would be against Public Funding?Economic Food for Thought:http://www.nationalpriorities.org/costofwar_home

BigPrune 6 years, 4 months ago

Sebelius is NOT going to be Barack HUSSEIN Obama's running mate. Look at her sad face in the video. She is depressed. You can tell it isn't going to be her.

Charles L Bloss Jr 6 years, 4 months ago

Who pays for all this campaigning? I'm sure she flies around in the state airplane, with a contingent of highway patrol troopers. Is all that coming out of taxpayers pockets? Thank you, Lynn

Boeing 6 years, 4 months ago

You know how else you can tell? Obama isn't stupid. Well ok, both nominees are stupid. POINT IS, it's Tim Kaine. He has a lot more to bring to the table - not the least of which being the governor of a Republican state that actually has enough electoral votes to make a difference...

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