Virginia Gov. Kaine new DNC chairman

Jan. 8, 2009 at 6:20 PM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine can build upon recent Democratic Party successes, Barack Obama said Thursday when introducing Kaine as the party's new chairman.

"Tim and I share a philosophy," the president-elect said during a news conference. "It's a pragmatic, progressive philosophy ... that measures the strength of an idea not by whether it's Republican or Democrat, but whether it can actually solve a problem and make a difference in people's lives."

Obama praised outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean for his "outstanding work" in putting the party in a strong position.

"For nearly four years, Howard has served our party and our nation as a visionary and effective leader," Obama said. "He launched a 50-state strategy that made Democrats competitive in places they had not been in years ... to give Democrats a majority in the House for the first time in over a decade."

Kaine pledged to do three things as DNC chair.

"I want to promote this president's agenda. I want to carry the proud banner of a proud party," he said. "And I want to work to creatively engage citizens in new ways through this party to be active in civic life."

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