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Kaine has “nothing to back away from” in Senate race

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Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine wants you to believe that he is the same guy he was when he ran for Richmond City Council more than 15 years ago.

He met with the media for the first time today after launching his campaign to replace Sen. Jim Webb.

Kaine took questions on his tenure as DNC chair, very specific questions about his time as Virginia Governor and his relationship with President Barack Obama.

Just as disciplined as he was during his time as governor, Kaine carefully stayed on message.  A message that clearly said “I haven’t changed one bit.”

Here is my story from NBC12:

RICHMOND (WWBT) – Former Governor Tim Kaine met with the media for the first time as a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

The new candidate is going back to basics. Talking about his career as a Richmond City Councilman and Ginter Park resident.

He is working hard to make the race about Virginia – not Washington.

In a media gaggle eerily reminiscent of his time as Virginia’s governor, Tim Kaine served and volleyed with a familiar press corp.

His message? I’m the same guy I always was.

“I don’t need to establish myself as a Virginia candidate,” Kaine said. “I’ve lived in Richmond for 26 years and I’ve served the people of my city and my commonwealth since July 1st 1994 in elected office.”

You can read and see the entire story on NBC12.com.

Extended clips from his press gaggle this afternoon, including comments he made about his relationship with the liberal base of the Democratic Party can be found below:

Written by Ryan Nobles

April 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

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