As Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine mulls over whether to run for the open Senate seat in Virginia, the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Tuesday morning is launching a website to highlight Kaine’s outspoken support for President Barack Obama’s policies.
While Kaine was Virginia’s governor for four years, the site touts his most recent work serving as a surrogate for the Democratic Party, including defending the stimulus, health care reform and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“Hey, hey, Obama, Tim Kaine is the best,” the video’s cheerleading announcer says, as multiple cheerleaders dance on screen with Kaine’s head attached to their bodies. “He’s your No. 1 cheerleader, cheering from the left.”
This is the latest installment in an effort by the GOP committee to highlight issues that it says show Kaine puts the Democratic agenda ahead of the state’s interests. Kaine and Obama are close friends, and the Virginian was in Obama's final three list for potential running mates.
Kaine has not indicated whether he will seek the seat being vacated by Sen. Jim Webb (D), but it is widely believed he would be the party’s strongest candidate and the White House hopes he mounts a bid. At least two Republicans, including former Sen. George Allen, are already running.
Watch the video:
For more from our At the Races politics blog, click here.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.