Interesting interview. Among other things, Tim Kaine discusses his decision to run for Senate and his tenure at the DNC. Per the Examiner’s Capital Land blog:
…[Kaine] said that President Obama knew what he was getting when he asked him to took over the party.
“I got some grief for not being a fire-breathing, you know, rip Republicans’ throat out at every point, and you know when the president asked me to do the DNC job I said, ‘You know honestly…I’m not Howard Dean,” Kaine said. “He said, ‘Tim, I’m not asking you in spite of who you are, I’m asking because of who you are.'”
“What he was saying is the key, ultimately, we don’t do politics for politics’ sake, and we don’t even do politics for elections’ sake, we do politics for the results that we can try to produce in people’s lives,” he continued.
“The president said, ‘you have been a governor in the worst recession in 70 years, you helped your state to be best-managed state, best state for business, we’re going to have to do some things to get this economy moving again, and I need somebody who can help articulate that message,'” he said.
By the way, it doesn’t look likely that Tim Kaine will have a primary opponent, as Bobby Scott only raised $2,300 in the first quarter of 2011. No, I didn’t miss a couple of zeroes there; Scott really only raised two thousand three hundred bucks. How does a sitting Congressman raise that little money? Got me.