Wasserman Schultz to chair Democratic National Committee
April 5th, 2011
05:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Wasserman Schultz to chair Democratic National Committee

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida will be named chair of the Democratic National Committee to succeed Tim Kaine, who is running for the U.S. Senate, according to an e-mail sent Tuesday to Democratic supporters.

Two women have previously chaired the DNC - Jean Westwood in 1972 and Debra DeLee in 1994-95.

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Filed under: Debbie Wasserman Schultz • DNC • Tim Kaine
Kaine enters Senate race in Virginia
April 5th, 2011
01:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Kaine enters Senate race in Virginia

Washington (CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine ended weeks of speculation Tuesday by announcing that he will seek his state's open Senate seat, which is being vacated by Sen. Jim Webb.

Webb, a Democrat, announced his retirement in February.

Kaine made the announcement in a video posted on his new campaign website, focusing on his record as governor that "made government more efficient" through budget cuts and investments in education and transportation.
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Filed under: 2012 • Tim Kaine • Virginia
Sources say Kaine plans to announce Senate bid
April 3rd, 2011
03:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Sources say Kaine plans to announce Senate bid

Washington (CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine is planning to announce he will run in 2012 for the Virginia U.S. Senate seat currently held by fellow Democrat Jim Webb, who is retiring, two senior Democratic sources told CNN on Sunday.

One source said Kaine's announcement will come in the next two weeks.
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Filed under: 2012 • Tim Kaine • Virginia
Obama's Senate endorsement?
President Barack Obama receives applause from Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine as he delivers remarks at the DNC winter meeting on February 6, 2010
March 29th, 2011
09:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama's Senate endorsement?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - At a DNC fundraiser in Harlem, Barack Obama all but endorsed outgoing DNC chair and former Virginia governor Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate – a decision Kaine has not yet made (or at least announced).

While many have speculated Kaine will go "plunging back into the hurly-burly of electoral politics," as Obama described it, so far the DNC chair has only coyly said he is likely to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia.

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Filed under: DNC • Jim Webb • President Obama • Tim Kaine
DNC chair 'likely' to run for Senate
March 14th, 2011
01:50 PM ET
4 years ago

DNC chair 'likely' to run for Senate

Washington (CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine told students at the University of Richmond Monday that he is "likely" to run for Senate in Virginia.

"In response to a student's question, Governor Kaine told his law school class today what is already widely known which is that he is increasingly likely to run," said Brad Woodhouse, a DNC spokesman. "However, no final decision will be made or announced until the governor has had a final round of consultations with folks about how he can best serve the President, the people and the causes he cares about; he is assured that the Democratic Party will be in good hands should he choose to make the race and leave the DNC; he has the support that would be necessary to mount a successful campaign and he completes commitments for travel and fundraising he has made to the Party and the President through at least the end of the month."
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NRSC mocks 'Captain Kaine'
March 1st, 2011
11:46 AM ET
4 years ago

NRSC mocks 'Captain Kaine'

(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee wants supporters to 'Stop the Cheer Captain' before he starts. Though Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine hasn't yet made a decision on a U.S. Senate bid for Virginia's open seat, the NRSC has launched a new website to rally voters wishing to stop him in his tracks.

The website, found at cheerleaderinchief.com, depicts a pom-pom wielding Kaine in a cheerleader's uniform backed by less than cheerful chants about the chairman's performance. Described as "dunkin on that stimulus, oh, he fumbled," Kaine is encouraged to "rock that rubberstamp" in a parody that is accompanied by an "album" of photos featuring Kaine with the commander-in-chief and Democratic leaders. "Captain" Kaine is branded as Obama's "number one cheerleader, cheering from the left."
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Filed under: NRSC • Tim Kaine • Virginia
Kaine decision on Senate bid unlikely by this weekend
February 23rd, 2011
04:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Kaine decision on Senate bid unlikely by this weekend

Washington (CNN) - Don't expect an announcement this Saturday at the Democratic National Committee's winter meetings by DNC Chairman Tim Kaine on whether he'll run for the open Senate seat in Virginia.

DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan tells CNN that there's been no change in the timetable for the former Virginia governor to decide if he'll make a Senate bid. Earlier this month, after Democratic Sen. Jim Webb announced that he wouldn't run for re-election next year, the DNC said that Kaine would decide by early March.
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Kaine decision to come in a matter of weeks
February 18th, 2011
09:17 AM ET
4 years ago

Kaine decision to come in a matter of weeks

(CNN) - Tim Kaine spoke with President Obama earlier this week as he considers a potential Senate bid in Virginia, but the Democratic National Committee chairman is still a couple weeks away from making a final decision.

Kaine - a former Virginia governor whom Obama is reportedly lobbying to run for Senate in the wake of Democratic Sen. Jim Webb's retirement announcement – won't announce his plans until the end of February or early March, DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse said.
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Filed under: George Allen • Jim Webb • Tim Kaine • Virginia
Kaine to discuss possible Senate bid with Obama
February 15th, 2011
04:36 PM ET
4 years ago

Kaine to discuss possible Senate bid with Obama

Washington (CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said Tuesday he plans to talk with President Obama in the next day or two about a possible Senate bid in Virginia.

Kaine told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he is "flattered" by speculation that he might run for the Senate seat, which will be open in 2012 following Sen. Jim Webb's announcement last week that he will retire after just one term.
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Filed under: George Allen • Jamie Radtke • Tim Kaine
DNC chair: Obama unlikely to face Democratic challenger
January 2nd, 2011
09:49 AM ET
4 years ago

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."
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