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Q&A with DNC Chairman Tim Kaine

Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine discussed the DNC's strategy for the 2010 election at an April 28 Monitor Lunch.

Governor Tim Kaine said at a recent Monitor Breakfast that fundraising for the 2010 election has been strong despite the DNC no longer taking contributions from lobbyists or political action committees.

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Tim Kaine served both as Virginia's lieutenant governor and governor before being elected to head the Democratic National Committee in January 2009. He was the guest at a Monitor lunch in Washington on April 28.

On Democrats' positioning for the 2010 elections:

"Democrats under President Obama's leadership have been a results party and that is what Americans want…. The Republicans, on the other hand, have been a party of obstruction…. We think Americans will reward results rather than obstruction. And we think we have a capacity to do much better in these midterms than a lot of people think."

On the risks of running as a 'results party' when many voters disapprove of President Obama's performance in some areas:

"There is never a risk to be running on results."

On the midterm election climate:

"Since Teddy Roosevelt, the average president in the first midterm election loses 28 House seats and four Senate seats, and governors races as well. That's the norm. And so I tell Democrats everywhere I go that ... if that is the average, since we are not living in average times we have to assume that head wind is even a bit stiffer."

On Democratic National Committee fundraising:

"Fundraising has been strong. And I want to point out ... [that] fundraising has been strong despite the fact that for the first time the DNC does not take money from [political action committees] or from federally registered lobbyists. That was a significant portion of our budget before I became chair. We are completely funded off individual contributions now, and yet we have been successful enough to be able to put unprecedented resources onto the field."


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