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Kaine Introduces Dave Matthews

Tim Craig

DENVER -- Gov. Timothy M. Kaine introduced musician Dave Matthews before a packed house Sunday night at a concert at the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre to kickoff the Democratic National Convention.

Red Rocks is an acoustic-friendly concert pavilion surrounded by 20-story rocks located on a bluff overlooking the city of Denver, as well as dozens of miles of farmland to east of the city.

Kaine's fiery speech reminded some of his energetic remarks in support of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) at the Virginia Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner two days before the Feb. 12 primary.

"Who needs change?" Kaine asked about 8,000 people who were seated in the audience.

Kaine (D-Va.) then went on to criticize Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, over energy and environmental issues.

"We need real change and Barack Obama will deliver," Kaine said.

The governor then urged the crowd, which consisted of delegates from several states and Colorado locals, to keep up their efforts in support of Obama.

"Who is going to keep climbing with me?" asked Kaine, a statement that appeared to resonate the partisan crowd, who were seated in a pavilion on the face of a mountain.

"He's pretty good," one twenty-something man was overheard saying as Kaine was concluding his remarks.

After Kaine spoke, Matthews took the stage to perform about a half-dozen songs. Kaine's relationship with Matthews, who got his start in Charlottesville, is turning into an asset for Obama and the national Democratic party.

Because of his friendship with Kaine, Dave Matthews will likely play at Invesco Field Thursday night when Obama official accepts the Democratic nomination for president in front of 75,000 people, according to Democratic officials.

By Tim Craig  |  August 25, 2008; 5:27 AM ET
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