Kaine, speaking at the DNC's Winter Meeting, said he would continue the "50-state" strategy pioneered by his predecessor, Howard Dean, which political analysts say played a big role in the successful campaign of President Barack Obama.
"The 50-state strategy is now and forever what Democrats do," Kaine said. "The results speak for themselves. I'll oversimplify: everybody matters. Every state, every region, every community matters."
Kaine also told Democrats that his stewardship of the party would be marked by a less ideological tone than that of the often combative Dean, saying, "We're the problem solvers, not the ideologues … In Virginia, our political success has been directly related to the success we've made in governance."
Kaine said he hoped "to do three things: I want to promote this president's agenda. I want to carry the proud banner of a proud party. And I want to work to creatively engage citizens in new ways to be active in civic life through this party."