Kaine: Democratic Label a Boon


DNC chair tells Bret Baier candidates should “put the label after your name, be proud of it. And also be proud of accomplishments.”


In an interview to be presented tonight on FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Special Report (6-7PM ET), Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tim Kaine spoke to anchor Bret Baier about his goal for the midterm elections, his views of moderate Democrats and the future of his party.

Excerpts from the interview are below:

On his view of Democrats who are pulling away from Obama’s agenda during their midterm campaigns:

“I do think Democrats thinking that they can, you know, hold the Democratic label at arm’s length, I do think that’s nuts.  You put the label after your name, be proud of it. And also be proud of accomplishments.  You can go into the reddest district in America and say Democrats passed equal pay for women in this country and it’s a good thing.  Or say, Democrats saved an auto industry that was in danger of being carved up and sold off.  That’s a good thing. So you can pick the accomplishments you want to highlight.  But every Democrat either running or serving has some amazing accomplishments that they can put front and center.”

“I don’t tell everybody how to run their race.  I don’t live in every jurisdiction.  People have to do what they think is right for themselves and for their constituents.”

On what he will consider a victory on election night:
“I want to make sure we hold onto both houses.  Over the summer, I think the other guys felt pretty cocky they could win both.  I think they’re backing off of the Senate now.  And we’re not taking anything for granted, but we feel like we’ve got a great shot on the Senate. My effort is really focused on how to help our team field a winning effort to hold onto the House.”

“A number of months ago, the Republicans were saying they were going to win both houses.  We want to win both houses.  We want to win both houses and show them that they’re wrong.  And, you know, I think the Senate has moved our way, where that is a likely scenario.  On the House side, we still have more work to do.  But I think we could do it.”

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