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Updated: Kaine's October travel

Anita Kumar

View Kaine's Travel Adventures in a larger map. KEY: Blue markers are DNC trips, red markers are official state trips, and purple markers included a mix of both or are unclear at this time.

Gov. Tim Kaine, who serves as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, spent nearly half the days in October out of state, including 11 weekdays.

Kaine spent all or part of 14 days outside Virginia, taking trips to five other states and eight trips to Washington.

Kaine's office released his travels for October in keeping with his pledge to do so at the end of each month, which was made following pressure by the media and others to disclose his whereabouts. This month, however, his office waited a few extra days and released the information on Election Day when his schedule would likely be overhadowed by other news. Kaine's spokesman Gordon Hickey said the schedule was "released in error" Tuesday because he forgot to release it Monday.

His out-of-state travel included trips to Chicago and Boston (Thurs. Oct. 15 -Fri. Oct. 16),
New York (Tues. Oct. 20-Wed. Oct. 21), Tallahassee and Miami (Fri. Oct. 23-Sat. Oct. 24), New Jersey (Thurs. Oct. 29-Fri. Oct. 30). He also reported spending part of five weekdays and two weekends in Washington.

Much of the out-of-state travel was likely for DNC business, but may have been in his role as governor or for both jobs. The travel log does not indicate the purpose of the trips, but the New Jersey trip was primarily to campaign for Gov. Jon Corzine, who was in a tough three-way race for re-election.

In June, Kaine traveled for the DNC half of the days. In July, he traveled to eight other states, while spending part of four days in Washington that month. Kaine significantly limited his out-of-state travel in August, traveling to five states and spending only part of one day in Washington. But his travel increased in September. He reported spending all or part of 12 days out-of-state that month, including five trips to Washington.

See October's full schedule below:

Oct. 1 Richmond, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Richmond

Oct. 2 Richmond, Doswell, Richmond

Oct. 3 Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond

Oct. 4 Richmond, Winchester, Richmond

Oct. 5 Richmond, Chesapeake, Richmond

Oct. 6 Richmond, Powhatan County, Midlothian, Richmond

Oct. 7 Richmond, Cape Charles, Virginia Beach

Oct. 8 Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Burke, Washington, Richmond

Oct. 9 Richmond

Oct. 10 Richmond

Oct. 11 Richmond, Washington, Richmond

Oct. 12 Richmond, Occoquan, Gainesville, Fairfax, Vienna, Washington, Richmond

Oct. 13 Richmond

Oct. 14 Richmond, Fredericksburg, Martinsville, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Richmond

Oct. 15 Richmond, Chicago, Boston

Oct. 16 Boston, Richmond

Oct. 17 Richmond, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Varina, Richmond

Oct. 18 Richmond, Washington, Richmond

Oct. 19 Richmond, Prince George County, Richmond

Oct. 20 Richmond, Lynchburg, Richmond, New York

Oct. 21 New York, Arlington, Washington, Richmond

Oct. 22 Richmond, Roanoke, Richmond

Oct. 23 Richmond, Tallahassee, Miami

Oct. 24 Miami, Richmond

Oct. 25 Richmond

Oct. 26 Richmond, Washington, Arlington, Sterling, Washington

Oct. 27 Washington, Norfolk, Richmond

Oct. 28 Richmond, Fredericksburg, Arlington, Richmond

Oct. 29 Richmond, New Jersey

Oct. 30 New Jersey, Richmond, Franklin, Floyd, Blacksburg

Oct. 31 Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Pulaski, Leesburg, Richmond

By Anita Kumar  |  November 4, 2009; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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So this is what passes for reporting?

Oh my.

Posted by: gary4books | November 4, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the previous comment

Kaine out of Virginia, good for us.

Posted by: wed0c | November 4, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

And should Kaine decide to run for oh say the Senate, all would be forgiven and forgotten, right WaPo?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | November 4, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'd tend to agree that the more time this man spends outside of Virginia, the less damage he can possibly do, but at the same time, it doesn't really rectify the fact that he shouldn't be there in the first place! Yep, Virginia rolled the dice in 2005 and got nothing but failure. Roads? Nothing. Education? Funding cuts. The state of the budget? Huge defecits.

And the status of the current governor? Elevated to chair of DNC, not for his competence, mind you, but because he was among the first politicians to endorse the Chosen One. Reminds me of what someone once said about Robert McNamara: he "failed up." Everything he touched turned to dust, but somehow he found a way to keep getting promoted.

Hearing Mark Warner tout Tim Kaine as a "great" governor seemed straight out of 1984: doublethink. Even though you know it's not true, you are taught to say and think that it IS true. The political parties of "great" governors do not lose by 18 points in elections to choose their successors. That's the funniest part of all: the largest spread in a Virginia gubernatorial race since 1961.

Tim Kaine, soon to be embarrassed EX-governor. Glad to be rid of you, FINALLY!

Posted by: Nixonin08 | November 5, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

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