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Kaine rallies the troops

Anita Kumar

Gov. Tim Kaine spent the day in the Richmond area rallying volunteers at several stops, encouraging them to knock on doors and make calls on behalf of the Democratic ticket -- Creigh Deeds, Jody Wagner and Steve Shannon.

"Again and again these three who are on the Republican ticket have been standing in the way,'' Kaine told a group of about 40 vounteers. "Fighting against us on unemployment insurance, on transportation, on pre-K, on banning smoking, on non-partisan redistricting...They know what they're against and that's virtually everything."

Kaine was joined by Wagner, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, Tom Shields, who is running against Republican Del. John O'Bannon and two of Deeds's four children, Gus and Amanda.

The group visited campaign offices in Henrico and Chesterfield and Lucille's Southern Fused Cuisine. (A union-sponsored bus (Building Trades United for Deeds) was parked outside.) Tonight, Kaine will headline a fundraiser for Wagner, who faces Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling next Tuesday.

With a couple months left in his own term, Kaine, the new Democratic National Committee chairman, sounded a bit nostalgic for his nearly 16 years in elected office.

"I was doing this last Saturday and I was thinking I'm really going to miss this,'' he said. "And I thought 'No I'm not. I'm going to be doing it every year.' " What a great ride I've had. It's a little bit bittersweet coming to the end. (But) I'm so excited about the next role that I have."

By Anita Kumar  |  October 25, 2009; 5:37 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Jody Wagner , Timothy M. Kaine  
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how about getting that POS Wilder to endorse the democrat nominee.

Posted by: proudgaycuban | October 25, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

proudgaycuban . . . when you put it that way . . . how could Gov. Wilder say no?

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | October 26, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Without the black vote, and ACORN, Dirty Deeds is toast..

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 26, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Tim Kaine is such a disappointment.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 26, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I see our absentee gov has time to attend partisan Political rallies and zooms in and out of the state on private planes, but is never in his office doing work. Deeds will do the same exact thing. We need a full time dedicated GOV. Vote McDonnell.

Posted by: espnfan | October 26, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Well Kaine has plenty of help from the WashPost. In Wapo's editorial section yesterday - Sunday, entitled: "Virginia's Lowerhouse, Our endorsements: Part II" Democrats were described as: hard working, mastery of issues, legislative savvy, refreshing challenge, has political spine, straight talker, valuable resource, would occupy sensible middle ground, savvy productive lawmaker, energetic cretive-minded lawyer, deep & broad civic expereince.
HOWEVER Republicans were described very negatively: few concrete ideas, peddlers of fiscal flim-flam, does not offer much in the way of original thinker, used his legislative clout to bash undocumented immigrants, knowledge & expereince are tissue-thin, blank slate on most issues:
I would like to the WashPost and everyone else - including the Whitehouse - that just a short time ago "undocumented immigrants" were known as "illegal aliens" and that is WHAT they are "ILLEGAL."
Therefore any politican using his "legislative clout" to bash those who are here illegally, using our tax payer resourses and/or committing henious crimes - well WAY TO GO !!

Posted by: ReneesOpinion | October 26, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

To late Tim. Obama has already thrown Deeds under the bus for not following the Obama way!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | October 26, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The people who were in a coma for 8 years never seem to learn. McDonnell is a Bushie who is ready to further lower the quality of life in Virginia. In addition to economics and survival, he is too cozy with religious extremists. He may as well be a candidate for the Taliban. McDonnell is a huge step backwards that people cannot afford. Rev. Bookburn - Radio Volta

Posted by: revbookburn | October 26, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Revbookburn - let me guess, you get a thrill running up and down your leg when Obama talks - just like Chris Matthews.

Posted by: unsexynstupid | October 26, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

If Deeds really wants a shot, he should recruit Mark Warner to help. I now regret my vote for Tim Kaine every day.

Posted by: Chuckled | October 26, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

How nice of Semi-governor Kaine to drop by Virginia. Did he remember his way around Richmond?

Posted by: Yankeesfan1 | October 27, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

If Ayatollahs McDonnell, Bolling and Cuccinelli win we will soon find ourselves in Jesusland. Pat Robertson will become our Grand Ayatollah. Ladies get out your Burqas or Hoop Skirts and turn back your calendars to a more well ordered time when everybody knew their place.

Posted by: fabricmaven1 | October 27, 2009 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Kaine had to get his 40 volunteers from DC. He's pathetic. I'm sure Obama will make him a czar after Virginians kick his liberal a** our of their state house.

Posted by: RobParker | October 27, 2009 1:50 AM | Report abuse

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