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Kaine Discusses Travel Records

Rosalind Helderman

At a morning press conference chock full of news, Gov. Tim Kaine rejected Republican accusations that he is spending too much time working as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Kaine released records yesterday that track his whereabouts since he took on the second job. He promised to release a similar summary monthly from now on, after weeks of resisting calls to be more open about his DNC travels.

Kaine said he works on state business all the time, even when he is traveling for the DNC. Republicans, he said, would have complained if his records showed he was working one hour a week for the DNC. But he said he is comfortable with his division of labor.

"I am working pretty much all the time. I never am anywhere where I'm not working on state business. I'm taking material with me, on the cell phone, on the BlackBerry, looking at the computer," he said. "While I understand that people might say what they want from a political standpoint. I'm not running into any people who are questioning the amount of work I'm doing in the state and I think the results we're showing as a state government in very very tough times demonstrate that."

Kaine insisted he has been open about his travels, despite repeated refusals to release summaries of his activities. He said he has always been willing to answer questions when asked about his DNC work. But he said he decided to reverse course and release the monthly summaries to avoid the impression he had something to hide. The decision came on the same day the Virginia State Police had determined it was legally required to release the records under Virginia's public information law.

"I've been willing to talk about it with anyone who has asked and I've done so since January," he said. "But I could either feel mad that some reporters weren't giving me credit for talking about it, or I could say well, shoot, if I'm talking about it, why not just show the locations where I am."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  July 22, 2009; 3:17 PM ET
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