USA Today leads with a new poll taken over the weekend that shows a tightening presidential race. Among registered voters, Barack Obama’s lead over John McCain decreased a few points as registered voters preferred the Democrat 47 percent to 44 percent. Among likely voters, McCain comes out ahead 49 percent to 45 percent, although both cases are within the margin of error. Perhaps most worrying for Obama is that 41 percent of respondents said they don’t think he has what it takes to be commander in chief, which is at the same levels as last month.
The WP says Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine appears to be on the vice presidential shortlist. Kaine has apparently told “close associates” that he’s had “very serious” conversations with Obama. Sens. Evan Bayh and Joseph Biden are also under serious consideration. Besides Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, most of the others being considered are senators with lots of foreign policy experience. Kaine seems to fulfill many of the characteristics Obama is looking for in a running mate, but he has no foreign policy experience and is a first-term governor. To the shock of no one, the NYT notes that Sen. Hillary Clinton doesn’t appear to be a contender for the job.