Republicans call Kaine 'Cheerleader-in-Chief'
Timothy M. Kaine still hasn't decided to run next year for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) but that hasn't stopped Republicans from going on the attack.
As The Fix noted Tuesday morning, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has launched a Web site and video to make the case that Kaine -- the former Virginia governor and current Democratic National Committee chairman -- is the "Cheerleader-in-Chief" for the policies of President Obama.
Kaine ran for Virginia governor on a moderate platform and attempted to project a message of independence in office. Republicans hope that Kaine's service at the DNC -- where he has advocated the economic stimulus bill, the climate change measure and health-care reform -- might prove to be a liability if he runs for Senate next year. Kaine is expected to announce his decision on whether to run as early as this week.
"As Tim Kaine's fellow Washington Democrats continue to pressure him toward a Senate run, this new video and Web site will help remind Virginians of the liberal partisan agenda Kaine has been peddling for the last two years," NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh said.
But Democrats said the NRSC's video revealed the weakness of their own position.
"This ad makes two things clear. First, Republicans aren't funny. They just aren't," said Brian Coy, spokesman for the Virginia Democratic Party. "Second, they're aware of just how weak their prospects are in 2012. Making lame videos about someone who hasn't even declared to run might make them feel better, but it won't change the fact that they're facing a divisive primary and their favored candidate George Allen has already lost this seat after spending six mediocre years in the Senate running for president and complaining about how bored he was."
Allen, a former senator and governor, is considered the frontrunner for the GOP nomination. A new survey from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm that conducts automated interviews, found Kaine and Allen tied at 47 percent apiece in a prospective matchup.
Anita Kumar contributed to this report.
| March 1, 2011; 2:04 PM ET
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