January 4th, 2009
07:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Sources: VA governor tapped for DNC chair

(CNN) - Virginia Gov. Time Kaine has been tapped to serve as chairman of the Democratic National Committee to replace Howard Dean, two Democratic officials told CNN Sunday.

Kaine will serve on a part-time basis until his term as governor expires, the officials said.

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–CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry contributed to this report.


Filed under: DNC • Tim Kaine
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Ed Howell

    Please fix the glaring typo! The man's name is Tim, not Time.

    January 4, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. Brenda

    President-Elect Obama,

    I can imagine ... but the White House needs you now more than ever! I pray for you and your family and am confident that with the Lord's guidance you will steer this country in the right direction as we have really been out of touch for the last eight years of the Bush administration. We also pray for world peace and the safety of all of us!

    God Bless and save move and smooth transition!

    January 4, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. Griff

    Kaine???? A Video Game.... Zork! Nemesis.... Who know differnt???

    January 4, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  4. Bud

    "Tim" Kaine.

    January 4, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. Democrat

    aware: Reid, Pelosi, Frank & Dodd are better than any Republican Senator, better than any Republican Mayority or Minority leader or speaker of the house

    Congress has not had high ratings in the last years by failures of Republicans & Democrats. BUT, Americans elected almost 60 Democratic Senators and more than 250 Democratic House Representatives.

    Apparently Americans still highly regard Democratic congress members!

    Unlike your President George W. Bush(78% Disapproval rate, even Clinton had a 56% Approval rate) who is the master of disasters like the economy, hurricane Katrina, both failed wars, betraying CIA agent Valerie Plame and soldiers by not providing armor, infrastructure decay nationwide, stripping citizens rights against corporations and selling out to them, torturing and executing prisoners which only strengthens terrorists, ignoring intelligence before 9/11 and allowing the attack to take place and many more failures.

    January 4, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. M in Richmond, Virginia

    I have followed Mr. Kaine all the way back to his days as Mayor (unelected) of Richmond. He is a decent man. However, he is a joke as a politician. The state of Virginia has now seen it's biggest budget shortfall in the states long history. Yeah, I know times are tough, but he was clearly warned that his budget was unrealistic. The city of Richmond's crime rate went through the roof under his leadership. Very ineffective leader. Good luck Dems!

    January 4, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Obama Supporter

    Who is Time Kaine? Any relation to Father Time?

    January 4, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. Mike B.

    Having lived in Virginia all my life, I think Governor Kaine has done a great job leading this Commonwealth. In fact, the Democrats have done great in turning it around, Warner, Kaine, Webb, etc. So Mike (9:05pm), I don't know where he has been living. I suppose he thinks he is from the "Real" Virginia. This Virginian will miss the Warner-Kaine era in the Commonwealth, but looks forward to continuing the Democrats' good and common sense governance after the 2009 election!

    January 4, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. Jan Illinois

    He has the easy job, it's the republicans who better be looking for "a few good men', and they need new faces of honest, american minded people, and they better do it quickly. They should introduce them now if they want the next election to be remotely close. They better not depend on Palin or they got a looser the next election.

    January 4, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  10. Lee Canon

    I would choke up too at the thought of working with inept, arrogant old cronies like Reid, Pelosi, Frank, Dodd. Please add working with Hillary and Clinton. The Obamas are in trouble. I hope the only honest guy, Richardson get cleared to become Secretary of State. No more from Clinton!!!

    January 4, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. Breck

    @Mike: That explains Kaine's good approval ratings.

    January 4, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. Virginia Republican

    Yeah! Now we can get a republican governor again!!!

    January 4, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. dustin

    JAE: Seriously? You know is Bushs first few months he set a record for vacation days, i guess your right though, because that did say a lot about him.

    January 4, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. spencer

    Congrats to Governor Kaine!

    January 4, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  15. Ted

    @ MK LA:
    Wow. Some people can't stop pinning blame.
    A: Hillary's campaign until Super Tuesday was a wreck.
    B: Even after Tuesday it was still pretty messed up.
    C: Dean was the reason Obama won in states like Indiana (where I worked for him), and NC (where Bush won by 12 points).
    Also, TK has done incredible work for the Virginia Democratic Party, and I hope that he runs a similar operation as DNC chair. Kaine/Schweitzer or Kaine/McCaskill, anyone?

    January 4, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  16. Flash news

    The country of Chile was bought today for 350billion dollars by unknown scam artists that wish to hide there from criminal charges against them, including Treason,war crimes, and theft of the U.S Treasury.

    January 4, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  17. Godluvr

    To S Callahan: Vous parlez de quoi?

    Are you saying you are a Christian? Did you vote for McCain/Palin or the Green Party? I beg of you: Please Do not come back! Your type attitude is scary. God is love. It's amazing how many different interpretations there are of Christianity. I think I'll stick with the Bible and leave you all to your own follies.

    January 4, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. Carl from MI

    Good call... the man is well respected and know how to get things done.

    January 4, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
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