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Tim Kaine: Democrats are the 'results party' in 2010 election

Battling a tough political climate, party chairman Tim Kaine said Democrats will frame themselves as the 'results party' in the 2010 election. The party would spend more than $50 million to turn out voters to maintain the Democrats' congressional majorities, he added.

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Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine, pictured at the DNC winter meeting on February 6, said at a Monitor Breakfast Wednesday that Democrats were the 'results party' in the lead-up to the 2010 elections.

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Battling a tough political climate, party chairman Tim Kaine said that Democrats will frame themselves as the “results party” in the 2010 election and the the Democratic National Committee would spend “north of” $50 million to turn out voters – especially new voters – seeking to maintain the Democrats' majority status in Congress.

This election is going to be about a choice,” Mr. Kaine told a Monitor-sponsored lunch for reporters. "One party put the economy into a ditch, stood by and watched it collapse, not really willing to pull the rip cord on the parachute. The president has come in and taken bold action ... to turn the economy around, to start climbing again, to tackle big problems that have bedeviled earlier administrations.”

Since the days of President Teddy Roosevelt, the average president in his first midterm election has lost 28 House seats and four Senate seats, as well as governors’ races. Kaine said he warns Democrats he meets during his travels that “if that is the average, since we are not living in average times,we have to assume that headwind is even a bit stiffer.”

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