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Kaine on Wilder: No one's ever accused him of being too nice

Rosalind Helderman

Is it no more Mr. Nice Guy for Gov. Tim Kaine (D)?

In an interview with Fox News on Thursday night, Bret Baier asked Kaine about recent articles that suggested that he might be too nice to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Baier noted that former Democratic Gov. Doug Wilder (D) was recently quoted saying he has never thought Kaine had the right style to be party chair.

But Baier got no further than the mention of Wilder's name before Kaine jumped in.

"Nobody ever said that about Governor Wilder," Kaine said, laughing.


You can watch the whole lengthy Kaine interview below. The joke about Wilder comes just before the 12-minute mark.

For his part, Wilder laughed heartily for a long moment when told of Kaine's comment.

"He's right!" said Wilder, who like Kaine is a former Richmond mayor. "No one has ever accused of me that."

Despite repeatedly criticizing the job Kaine's been doing at the DNC -- Wilder penned a Politico column in February calling for him to step down -- Wilder said he and Kaine have a good relationship.

"I've always considered him a friend," Wilder said. "I hope that he doesn't consider it pejorative in terms of my comments about him. ... It isn't so much that you need meanness or toughness. It's that you need a message."

"The message ought to be simple and block-lettered, so that a fourth-grader, if called upon, would be able to understand it," he said. "I don't know why it's gotten so convoluted."

Watch the video at

By Rosalind Helderman  | October 29, 2010; 11:02 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Election 2010, Rosalind Helderman, Timothy M. Kaine  
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