DNC chair: Obama unlikely to face Democratic challenger
January 2nd, 2011
09:49 AM ET
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DNC chair: Obama unlikely to face Democratic challenger

(CNN) – President Obama is not likely to face a primary challenge from within the Democratic Party in 2012, the chair of the Democratic National Committee said Sunday.

"It's possible, but I think the likelihood of any challenge to the president is virtually nil, and I think the president's strong performance, and especially the three major accomplishments at the end of the year make it even smaller," DNC chair Tim Kaine said on CNN's "State of the Union."


With the new session of Congress about to start, Kaine said the president will not be afraid to lead, but that he will continue to work with Republicans if they are willing to work with him.

"He's not going to play 'mother may I' with the Republicans," Kaine said. "He's going to govern. But if the Republicans are willing to work as they did at the end of that lame-duck session, I think we will see productive efforts in a number of ways."

Earmark reform and deficit reduction were two specific issues Kaine cited as opportunities where the two parties could work together.

"Now with the majority in the house they have the opportunity and responsibility to govern, and we'll see if they take that seriously or not," Kaine said.

Kaine also said for the first time that he intends to stay on as DNC chair for another two-year term, adding that he looks forward to being the president's "advocate and promoter."


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Marine Vet

    He has done nothing good for this country that
    I fought and was injured to protect. Our country
    is going to s@it. We are no longer going to have
    the strongest military, were not going to be
    America anymore since we let anyone come to this
    country and become citizens. Obama has ruined this
    country, and will keep throwing the American's under
    the buss every chance he can. Its been two years since
    our military has had a pay raise, and most of them live
    below poverty. Good going Obama.

    January 2, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Brandon

    People tend to have a bias toward recent presidents as being most incompetent. Truth is the most incompetent president was Andrew Johnson. Bush and Obama both have their faults but neither is the most incompetent president in this country's history. As an independent their is no doubt in my mind that Obama's policies the last 2 years have fixed this economy. People don't realize how damaged the system was. The major difference between this financial debacle and the Great Depression was that we did not lose all our money when banks closed. The Great Depression lasted 10 years this has lasted 3 years and Obama fixed an economy that was fundamentally ruined. Bush did a great job handling the 9/11 aftermath. So neither are the most incompetent presidents

    January 2, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Marshall

    We need an Independent to run in 2012.We most definitely need to get Obama out of office before he does anymore damage, if it's not to late already.But ,we do not have anyone to oppose him that's not just as much of a puppet as he is.We do not need another Bush,and we do not need anyone from the tea party.Please do not nominate Palin,she will not beat Obama.I do not know if it is even possible at this point to get someone nominated who is actually for the people and not just the banking systems and corporations.

    January 2, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Steven in Charleston

    I have to agree with Mr. Kaine. President Obama had a pretty tough 2010, but he rallied in the final weeks and made some pretty phenonenal stuff happen. A primary challenge isn't likely. What WILL be interesting to see is how the GOP reacts to their hightened role in Washington. No longer can they simply snipe from the sidelines, they are now going to have to do some heavy lifting. And as President Obama himself learned, it's easy to toss out a soundbite, but it's a lot harder to actually govern when our political system requires that you build concensus. Here's hoping that in 2011 BOTH sides of the aisle remember that we elected them to actually DO something to improve the lives of the citizenry, not to just take potshots at one another.

    January 2, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. ray gibbs

    Good. Rock on, 2012, my President.

    January 2, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. steven

    Blame bush not obama it took bush 8 years to get us were he left us. Well it going to take twice as long to fix itor you can think of it another way. If you were to punch a hole in a wall it would take longer to repair then to put it there. So if you want to talk trash about obama getting a 2nd term I wouldn't be talking because those that are talking are more than likly the ones that gave bush his 2nd term and you should be blamed for bush getting a 2nd term.

    January 2, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. joshua, Baltimore

    So I guess Obama's rising popularity again means nothing huh? Obama haters are so blind by their hate they just like to spew off useless fox news rhetoric without doing any real research. Barring anything catastrophic happening between now and 2012 Obama is a shoe-in. Sorry haters deal with it. Hahahahaha

    January 2, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. willard bullock

    Im feeling sick of presdient obama have too much weaking his predient obama so he is not already his presdient what happened on 2 year

    January 2, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Fred

    Under the Republican Party, USA has committed the worst crime againts humanity killing 115,000 innocent Iraqis. We invaded the wrong country. The Taliban and Al Queda even got stronger in Afghanistan and Pakistan under Dubya's administration. For the crime we commited God has punished us with natural disaster, Katrina in New Orleans. The ultimate punishment recession of 2008 causing 15 million Americans to lose their jobs. In addition, 3 million Americans lost their homes!

    January 2, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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