Sources say Kaine plans to announce Senate bid
April 3rd, 2011
03:12 PM ET
12 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.

President Barack Obama has publicly prodded Kaine, a former Virginia governor, to run for the seat, which is in a state Obama won in 2008 and needs to hold onto in his re-election bid.

Democrats currently control a 53-47 majority in the Senate and will have 23 of their seats contested in 2012, compared to 10 Republican seats.

Filed under: 2012 • Tim Kaine • Virginia
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Freedom

    Snore! Another Obama ally. America is tired of them!GOP 2012!

    April 3, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    Freedom, I respectfully disagree.

    April 3, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Dave

    Mr. blue dog centrist conservative middle of the road Democrat has done nothing but carry water for Obama and defend every far left legislation and policy from the Democrats for the last two years. Kaine is toast if he runs, heck the Republicans don't even need to dig up any dirt on him, his mug has been on tv every week since he became head of the DNC.

    April 3, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. duckbutter

    does he get to wear his obama cheerleader skirt with the pom poms... kaine is a joke....

    April 3, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Mikey

    @Freedom – We have a choice between your party, which supports the rights of huge corporations to pay zero taxes and even more tax breaks for corporations and wealthy individuals, while at the same time trying to break the back of the working middle class and the Democratic Party that works toward the long term benefit of the vast majority of Americans. It's "we the people", not "we the powerful". OUR President will be re-elected in 2012, and probably by a large margin. Exxon makes $149 billion and pays no taxes, while we eliminate "welfare to work" and significantly reduce Pell Grants and assistance to poverty stricken childern and elderly. Go ahead, keep supporting heartlessness, narrowmindedness, and shortsightedness and you will be on the wrong side of history.

    April 3, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. guy from NM

    I do not know about you, but each time I see any of those guy (Republithugs or Demoblicans), running for any office, I feel like puking.

    April 3, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. BeverlyNC

    Thank heavens! We need some more serious and intelligent Democrats in office to replace these idiot extremist Republicans who worship corporations and backstab the American People.

    April 3, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. the real ib

    After the way he spent Va. into a hole there is no way I will vote for him. Tax and spend is all he knows. I just want to puke when I look at his picture. He put the largest tax increase in the history of this state on us and then wanted another one just before he left office. Go away Kaine; you are our worst nightmare in Va.

    April 3, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Lee, Mays Landing New Jersey

    Higher turnout in presidential year.. It won't just be the haters and extreme types voting, so Kaine will win in 2012, no matter who repubs put up.

    April 3, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. terry,va

    Good !!! He doesn't have a chance because he is an Obummie drone.

    April 3, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. He won't win

    As a Virginia voter, I can say that this guy was an embarrassment as governor. Nope, you won't be getting my vote you sorry loser.

    April 3, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |