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Posted at 6:06 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Obama and Kaine speak

By Washington Post Editors

The Fix reports President Barack Obama and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine spoke via phone today, according to two sources familiar with the conversation.

Kaine, former Virginia governor, is being encouraged by national and state Democrats to run for the Senate seat held by Democrat Jim Webb.

There was no read out of the conversation, although it's hard to imagine Kaine's consideration of a Virginia Senate candidacy didn't come up, according to the Fix.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 16, 2011; 6:06 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama, Election 2012, Timothy M. Kaine, U.S. Senate  
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Yes, everyone has an opinion. My opinion is that Tom Perriello is the candidate who should run. Not to take anything at all away from Tim Kaine who is a great Democrat. It's just that he's not the "only viable candidate" to replace Jim Webb which is how the media seems to be portraying it. There is hardly a consensus among VA Democrats about "the" nominee for the 2012 Senate race. And if President Obama suddenly thinks there is a "safe choice" or a "sure thing" he's got a very short memory about how the world really works. Both Obama and Jim Webb were very unlikely candidates to win their respective races, and yet each of them did.

I happen to think the VA Democratic Party needs some new faces. And that's not going to happen as long as we keep seeing the same people in different races for years on end. Virginians are worn out going to the polls every single year for elections. Can we please have a candidate who brings something fresh to this process?

Posted by: csread | February 16, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

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