Virginia governor defends Democratic lobbying of superdelegates for Obama

Barack Obama's leading backer in Virginia sees no harm in Democratic insiders beckoning superdelegates to abandon Hillary Rodham Clinton. Governor Tim Kaine said Wednesday it's fair for 36 local party chairmen and five congressional district chairs to petition independent convention delegates to support Obama. The petition, sent to all 16 Virginia superdelegates last week, urged them to end what they say is a divisive intraparty fight for the Democratic presidential nomination and unite behind Obama. Kaine told reporters persuasion is fair that he's confident the nomination will be decided for Obama soon enough after the next round of primaries.