Tim Kaine Will Not Run for President or VP in 2020

Former VP nominee says he wants to stay in the Senate

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine recently returned to the Capitol after losing his bid for vice president on the Democratic ticket. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, fresh from a devastating defeat as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, will not run for president or vice president in 2020, an aide said Thursday.

“He will run for re-election to the Senate in 2018 and serve his full term in the Senate — where, at the will of Virginia voters, he hopes to be for a very long time in the model of John Warner,” Kaine spokeswoman Amy Dudley said.

Warner served five terms in the Senate representing the commonwealth before retiring in 2009. A popular Republican with a military background and a reputation for bucking his party, he endorsed Clinton in this year’s election.

Kaine said his “highest and best use,” would be to stay in the Senate, according to a tweet from Richmond Times-Dispatch political reporter Jim Nolan.

Kaine is up for re-election to his Senate seat in 2018.

Stephanie Akin contributed to this report.

Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone or your Android.