June 1st, 2009
07:18 PM ET
9 months ago

Kaine: Texas is the next Virginia

The DNC has its eyes on Texas .
The DNC has its eyes on Texas .

(CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine appears to have his eyes set on Texas, announcing Monday the organization's fall meeting will be held in the Lone Star state.

"Not only is Texas a great, beautiful and diverse state, it represents a tremendous growth opportunity for the Democratic Party," Kaine wrote in an e-mail to DNC supporters.

Now, some might find that notion odd given Texas's traditionally conservative bent and its recent history of supporting Republican candidates for elective office," Kaine continued. "But I don't find it odd at all - and in fact, I am more convinced than ever that Texas is trending our way and will continue to do so."

Obama lost to Republican presidential candidate John McCain by 11 percentage points and close to 1 million votes. Still, that margin is less than more than half of what it was when the state's favored son George W. Bush was on the presidential ballot.

In his letter Monday, Kaine specifically cited Texas' large Hispanic organization and the grassroots infrastructure put in place by the Obama campaign in 2008 as reasons the traditionally-considered red state may turn blue.

"In so many ways, I believe Texas is poised to move towards our column, just as Virginia has," Kaine said.

Full letter after the jump:

Dear Friend:

It's time to announce the location of the DNC Fall Meeting, scheduled for September 10th – 12th, 2009. I'm excited to be the first to tell you that this year's meeting will be in Austin, Texas. In a phrase, we are Lone Star State bound!

Of course, as you know, not only is Texas a great, beautiful and diverse state, it represents a tremendous growth opportunity for the Democratic Party. Now, some might find that notion odd given Texas's traditionally conservative bent and its recent history of supporting Republican candidates for elective office. But I don't find it odd at all - and in fact, I am more convinced than ever that Texas is trending our way and will continue to do so.

It wasn't that long ago - less than 10 years, in fact - that Virginia was considered just as strong a lock for the Republicans as Texas has been. In Virginia, we had Republican Governors, Republican U.S. Senators and a strong Republican majority in our Congressional delegation and state legislature. And we didn't merit any attention from Presidential candidates during general elections because no Democratic candidate since Lyndon Johnson had won Virginia's electoral votes.

Today? I'm the second consecutive Democrat to serve as Governor of Virginia, we took back the State Senate and have reached near parity in the House of Delegates. Both of our U.S. Senators are Democrats, and Democrats are the majority of our U.S. House delegation. And of course, in November, Barack Obama became the first Democratic Presidential candidate since 1964 to carry the Old Dominion.

In so many ways, I believe Texas is poised to move towards our column, just as Virginia has. Texas is an increasingly diverse state with a burgeoning and politically active Hispanic population that went strongly for Barack Obama in 2008. And, as a result of investments made by my predecessor, the commitments we've made, and the hard work of the Texas Democratic Party - which has done an outstanding job rebuilding the party, attracting good candidates, and expanding our reach - we have a strong and growing Democratic Party infrastructure. Add to that the significant investments we plan to make in Texas through Organizing for America (OFA), and the work OFA will be doing in communities across the state in support of the President's important and popular agenda, and we have every reason to feel bullish about our chances in Texas. Exciting things are possible because we believe every single state on the map is important.

Of course, it's also a very exciting time for us to meet because of what Democrats have accomplished electorally in the past year and because of what the President - with our support - has accomplished during his first few, short months in office.

President Obama was elected on a mandate for change. Because of his victory last November and Democrats' relentless work to make the change he promised during the campaign a reality, women will finally receive equal pay for equal work, four million additional children have access to health care through the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and a historic economic recovery package is putting Americans back to work. And of course, by the time we meet the Senate should have confirmed the President's historic choice, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, for the Supreme Court.

I look forward to seeing you in Austin on September 10th at this historic time for our party and the DNC. Austin is a world-renowned destination - a truly wonderful city - and I know we'll all have a great time. Information about making a reservation can be found below, and if you have any questions whatsoever please don't hesitate to contact XXXXXX at XXXXX or XXXXX, or the Secretary's Office at XXXXX.

Hope to see you there,

Governor Tim Kaine
Chairman


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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Lori

    Oh shucks, Tim. I wanted Texas to secede. If the best that they can produce is George W Bush, heck, than I prefer the state sink. After the way to RepubliKKKlan party has been treating Sotomayor, I have no doubt that the Hispanics in Texas will continue to reject the Republican party. After watching President Obama, a biracial man, turn red states blue last election, I believe that nothing is impossible for the Democrats anymore. i have faith in you Mr. Kaine! Go get 'em!

    June 1, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. J.P.

    Hey Tim, buddy, good luck with that.

    You weren't in San Antonio for the Tax Day tea party. In fact, you were likely yukking it up with the adolescent Beavis and Buttheads on PMSNBC, talking about "tea bagging." While you weren't paying attention, 10,000-15,000 people came out to the protest at the Alamo, people who have never come out to a protest before in their lives.

    With the amount of out-of-control spending that has happened these past four months, if you honestly think you'll retain seats in 2010, you need to wake the hell up. 2010 will make 1994 look like a calm change from night to day. And RINOs, and "republicans" of every stripe, you shouldn't feel too comfortable, either.

    RE-ELECT NO ONE!

    June 1, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. Ms_Agape

    The Obama's are one of the few presidents that portrays they are happily married not like other politicians married who married as an antic for politics. Yes, as taxpayer we should provide the security because they are our first family and we are responsible for their safety. At the end of the day they are a married couple with children so its our responsibility.

    June 1, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Bill in California

    YEAH SURE, the state who loves their guns as much as they love their wives is going to cozy up to the party of UNIVERSAL GUN CONTROL. I think perhaps the Dimocrats are getting a little power punchy.

    June 1, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. annie for Palin

    Aren't there any democrats who still love this country and what it once stood for before obama began destroying it? Is there any Christian democrats out there who love our country and the people in it or are they all happy to stand by and watch obama destroy our country? Haven't they figured out that destroying our country also destroys them and their families and their way of life?

    June 1, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. lals

    before they go adding states they might want to add some jobs!!!!!!

    June 1, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. J.P.

    Vote your party's challengers in the primary. Send your incumbents packing.

    RE-ELECT NO ONE!
    Incumbent Dump – 2010

    One could drive through any neighborhood in America, wildly shooting paintballs out the window and hit 535 random strangers who would provide better representation than our current Congress.

    In fact, 535 EMPTY SEATS would be a vast improvement over the current Congress.

    June 1, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. Houston

    This is great news! I would love to see Texas vote blue!

    June 1, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. Jim Bradshaw

    I'm a liberal Democrat and a Texan and even I don't believe this. Texas does have big cities where a Democrat could win if the candidate was right. No way rural Texas goes for anyone who won't pound the good book with them, though. Those good old boys would sign their whole paycheck over to anyone who agrees with them that if we just punished sinners severely enough, we could all go to heaven together one day. The numbers are just not right for a democratic takeover in Texas.

    June 1, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    Unless the democrats get thegoverments financial house in order they will have a hard time in Texas and may lose Virginia again since the way they want to spend money after the goverment is already broke according to Obama they will have to raise taxes on not just the rich but the middle class and that will be their ending. Anyone who thought when they voted for Obama that middle class taxes were not going to be raised needs to take off their rose colored glasses. Look at Cap and Trade proposed, 10% Federal Sales Tax proposed, and who is going to pay for the new health care system.

    June 1, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Claudia in Houson

    He's right.

    June 1, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. John-Black Hills/SD

    Didn't we sell Texas to Mexico.....just a dream we wish could be true.

    June 1, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. WeThePeopleOfVA

    Way to go Governor . . . you have an opportunity to bring a major fundraiser to the Commonwealth of Virginia and what do you do . . . you send it to Texas.

    June 1, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. JS

    No way. The Democrats can't get Texas. They only won VA because the election law changed to allow college students to vote in their college town. Should the law be reversed, a state known for education will reverse to a red state.

    June 1, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Texas is a great, beautiful and diverse state. We would like to keep it that way. Stay out of our state. We are not interested in your policies

    June 1, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  16. Houston Democrat

    As someone who lives in Houston, we strongly want Texas to be a blue state.

    HILLARY 2016!!!

    June 1, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  17. Ancient Texan

    Texas didn't give McCain the margin that Bush received, for a couple of reasons; McCain wasn't from Texas, and McCain was not a conservative by any stretch of the imagination.

    June 1, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Fitz in Texas

    Hey, if the DNC want to come to Texas and spend some money, I say go for it. But, as far as Texas and the Democrats, well lets just say the Republicans have nothing to worry about.

    June 1, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  19. Joe the Troll

    "Still, that margin is less than more than half of what it was when the state's favored son George W. Bush was on the presidential ballot."

    Great moments in journalism.

    June 1, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  20. Denise

    Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Don't tell Perry and his suceding buddies, but TX will have a dominant Hispanic group in a few years, and they are mostly Dems. Oooh my!

    June 1, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  21. DeMj

    lol.... look, I am a pure Dem but Texas will never, ever be a blue state. NEVER!

    June 1, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  22. H-Town

    Texas is changing & ready for the DNC. Bring it on.

    June 1, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. NYC REPUB

    Deep....eventually Texas will vote DEM.......again.

    June 1, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. S Callahan

    Oh Mr. Kaine....maybe I'm reading this wrong...(and I"m not talking about the above printed words) but I would say you are shoving some of that cow dung to Texas...not nice! lol

    June 1, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  25. Benjamin

    This is almost as laughable as Michael Steele's "renaissance in virginia" comment. Almost. I think it woudl be too extreme to suggest that Texas could ever go blue, but I'm sure there are House seats there that are competitive, or can become competitive.

    June 1, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
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