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Video: Tim Kaine Talks About the Senate Race, DNC Chairmanship


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.

  • Say What

    I particularly like these types of “unscripted” interviews & discussions … when everything is off-the-cuff you get a much better sense of how the person thinks.

    I think that applies to the President (at town halls & direct interviews) as well. Looking back Tom Perriello was most excellent communicating his beliefs … projecting passion and integrity … letting you know “him” … giving great insight to the observer / voter of the man and his mission.

    Tim Kaine is the next door neighbor you’d like to have … Virginians will want him as their next Senator…. a Good Man for the job.  

  • Peter 2010

    Even for a Congressman running for re-election in a safe district, raising only $2,300 in the first quarter is an eye-catchingly low number. It suggests to me that this could be a signal that Bobby Scott may not be planning to run for re-election to Congress in 2012. If that is correct, then his musings about possibly running for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate may be part of a pattern of exploring what his next move is going to be after he leaves Congress.