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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Democrats everywhere waiting for Kaine to decide on Senate race

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Virginia Democrats are waiting this week for Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former governor, to decide whether to run for the U.S. Senate next year.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has privately encouraged Kaine to run, the Huffington Post reports. U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw and House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong have all encouraged Kaine to run.

"There's great anticipation among Democrats for him to run,'' Armstrong said. "He was elected governor as an underdog, came from behind. Democrats love Tim Kaine. They're very excited about him running. Certainly he's the best prospect of the field out there."

Armstrong said he spoke to Kaine two days ago. Kaine is expected to speak to President Obama in the next couple days about his future, the Richmond Times Dispatch reports.

"He's pondering it,'' Armstrong said. "I told him you have a poor track record of telling (Obama) no. My assessment is I think Tim Kaine has done a really good job as DNC chair. He's raised tons of money but the president can hire another fundraiser. It's easier to do that than hire a competitive candidate to run against George Allen ostensibly."

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said he spoke to Kaine at the funeral last weekend of former chief justice Leroy Hassell Sr.

"He'd certainly be a very good candidate for his team,'' McDonnell said. "He's got a tough choice. He's got the ear of the president -- which is frankly good for me, good for Virginia. But I don't know if he'll do that. He's certainly the best person they've got on the playing field."

By Anita Kumar  | February 16, 2011; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Election 2012, George F. Allen, James Webb, Robert F. McDonnell, Timothy M. Kaine, U.S. Senate  
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I'm a strong Dem and I don't "love Tim Kaine." I used to like him a lot, but after he has royally sucked as DNC chair, I lost a lot of love. I'm sure I'm not alone. I'd much prefer Perreillo as our candidate.

Posted by: filmjoy | February 16, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Perriello! Perriello!

Posted by: mikefromArlington | February 16, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

He will not tell the President no. He has already really decided but will tell us that he feels the obligation to run. BS.

He had a terrible record as a Governor and now as DNC chair. The best pick the Democrats have. Not.

Posted by: blackwalnutfarm | February 16, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

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