• April 5, 2011

    Dear DNC Members,

    I am writing to let you know that I have just announced my decision to run for the U.S. Senate from the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2012.  To that end, I am stepping down as DNC Chair, effective immediately.  In the coming days, I will share some thoughts on my decision to run, my appreciation for the opportunity you gave me to serve as your Chair, and what we were able to accomplish together.  In the meantime, I am sure you will be as supportive of the President’s choice to replace me as you have been of me for the past two years.  There will be more information about this important transition to follow.   I will treasure the friendships I’ve made during my time at the DNC, and hope that we will maintain those friendships in the years ahead.  It is an exciting time for the DNC.  It is also an exciting next chapter for my family and me, as I embark down a new path on which I hope to serve as one of Virginia’s U.S. Senators.   Thank you for your hard work and support along the way and for all that you will do in the months and years ahead.

    With gratitude,

    Tim Kaine

  • aznew

    That is a slick video.

    Nice way to kick it off.

  • pontoon

    slick, and very smart to have a Spanish video as well as the English version.  Kaine still doesn’t excite me and I think we have a long row to hoe in Virginia with Tim Kaine as the Senate candidate.

  • Sure, but I can put my feet to the pavement for Kaine.

  • I am pleased that my friend Tim Kaine has decided to bring his strong record of results-oriented leadership to a campaign for the U.S. Senate. As Governor he made Virginia the best state for business, the best-managed state and the best state in the country to raise a child for lifetime success, and he will make a fantastic candidate to replace Senator Jim Webb.

    This campaign will provide offer a real contrast between Democratic leadership that puts working families first, and a slate of Republican candidates that are running on a Tea Party platform that has more to do with proving who has the most radical ideas than it does with making people’s lives better. No matter which candidate wins the Tea Party nomination, I am looking forward to having a real conversation with Virginians about who offers them the best shot at a Commonwealth that is more equal, more just and more prosperous for all.

  • DanielK

    Haha, just kidding….They’d be crucified by the Tea Party 🙂

    Tim Kaine knows what he’s gotta do to win statewide against a very formidable opponent like Allen who also has statewide experience.  And I think a major question for people can be: Which candidate ran a better state when they were in charge?  Sure, Tim made a few mistakes which progressives weren’t pleased with BUT looking at it in comparison to Allen I think the choice is pretty clear.  

  • VADEM

    will take over as DNC Chair?

  • Tim Kaine is a rarity in modern politics: He listens more than he talks, and he builds bridges where others seek to divide us. I have known and admired Tim since we first met in law school more than 30 years ago. Tim was a great working partner when he served as Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor and Governor. He is a great friend and a proven leader, and I would welcome his partnership in the U.S. Senate on behalf of all Virginians.

  • …with a typically idiotic, yet utterly predictable, statement. Yawn.

    After being convinced by his liberal allies in Washington to run, Chairman Kaine’s announcement today sets up a clear contrast for the families of Virginia. Whether comparing records and ideas for the future on job creation and innovation, tax and regulatory policy, energy, or protecting Virginia’s right to work laws, the differences are clear.

    George Allen stands for responsible, smarter government and helping families keep more of what they earn. Allen made job creation his number one priority, resulting in a record number of private sector jobs and investment in Virginia. He also worked to keep the Internet free of taxation while sponsoring meaningful reforms for Washington like the balanced budget amendment, line-item veto authority and paycheck penalty for Congress.

    While Chairman Kaine may try to paint a different picture of his tenure as Governor, it was marked by his proposals calling for staggering tax increases and by substantial job losses for Virginians. As Chairman, Kaine stood with his liberal Washington allies like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi as they imposed their harmful agenda on Virginia and America, making trillion dollar deficits the norm and loading our children with the burden of an unprecedented national debt.

    Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid may be friends of Chairman Kaine, but they are no friends of Virginia families and job-creating business owners. While we know he will look to his Washington allies for help and guidance in his campaign, George Allen will continue to listen to the families of Virginia and work hard to earn the right to represent their voices, views and values in the U.S. Senate.

  • per The Shad Plank, here’s Cooch’s statement. As always, the answer to all things in life is to “lower taxes.” In fact, I hear that “lower taxes” will cure the common cold AND cancer, not to mention fund a world-class infrastructure, education system, military, etc. Oh wait, they won’t? Well, then, back to bashing gays, women, science, etc. Ah, Republicans, gotta love ’em.

    Our nation is facing some tough problems and we need a Senator who will work to lower taxes, a person with a trackrecord of reducing the the size of government, and who will find ways to help grow our economy.

    Unfortunately, those principles are not ones that Tim Kaine shares. As Governor he worked to raise taxes, increase the size of our government, and as President Obama’s top cheerleader, he has supported every effort to grow the size of our federal government while raising our national debt to record levels.

    During Tim Kaine’s term as Governor, transportation problems in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads just kept getting worse. Virginians spent hours sitting in traffic while he argued that we needed to raise taxes (in an unconstitutional manner) to fix the problem. But once he left office and audits of VDOT were conducted we learned that Tim Kaine left of $1 billion sitting at VDOT instead of fixing our roads. That’s not the kind of leadership we need in Washington. Virginians deserve much better than Tim Kaine.

  • I welcome Tim Kaine’s decision to enter this race and I will do everything I can to support his successful election to the U.S. Senate.  Tim Kaine has served the people of Virginia with distinction for more than 20 years.  He is a leader who possesses the intelligence, temperament and judgment to be an effective member of the U.S. Senate-one who can reach across the aisle to get things done.   As U.S. Senator, he will continue to fight for economic fairness and accountable government-principles in which we both believe.

  • gene magruder

    lowell it seems like you have something hooked on to the announcement and it popped up while we were viewing – It is a balck and white negative attack ad against tim Kaine. hmmm we couldnt figure out where it came from

  • DanielK

    I’m sure we’ll be hearing something from him tomorrow.