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Kaine selected as DNC chairman

President-elect Barack Obama today named Virginia Gov.

President-elect Barack Obama today named Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Obama said Kaine represents the new politics that the Democratic Party must embody to grow and thrive.

Howard Dean, the outgoing chairman, said: “Tim understands the importance of reaching out to everyone, standing up for our values, and I know he will continue to build and strengthen our party from the grassroots up. Tim is the right choice to lead the Democratic National Committee into this new era of American politics. Democrats have made great gains over the past four years, but we know we still have work to do to ensure that we keep America moving forward as we support President-elect Obama’s agenda to address the critical issues facing our country.”