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DNC Chair stumps in Waterloo


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Democratic National Committee chair Tim Kaine is campaigning in Iowa, hoping to get Gov. Chet Culver and three Iowa legislators re-elected. 

In 2008, Tim Kaine was vetted as a possible vice presidential nominee for President Barack Obama.  Now, he's heading up the Democratic National Committee.  And the former Virginia governor stopped in Black Hawk County Wednesday, hoping to drum up support for his party.  The visit comes after early numbers in Iowa showed some Democratic candidates struggling.

"Polls are now moving in the right way, but we still have work to do.  And we've got two weeks to do it.  It's really just important to thank people and rally them," Kaine said.

But the national tone toward Democrats has soured in recent months over concerns of continued high unemployment and growth in national spending.

"We have a choice.  We have an alternative," former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said during a recent Tea Party rally.

Kaine says that the Democratic agenda will work and points to some evidence of a turn around.

"When President Obama came into office in 2009, the American economy was shrinking for the first time since the 1930s.  It's growing now again.  We were in the midst of 22 months of private sector job loss.  For 9 months now, we've added private sector jobs," said Kaine.

Meanwhile, the visit to Iowa by a national political figure now, may be an early indicator of what's to come ahead of the 2012 presidential caucuses here.

"We think that Democrats are better at person to person politics.  The Iowa caucus model is really person to person, and so we like that aspect of politics generally.  And Iowa really exemplifies that in a wonderful way," Kaine said.

But for now, politicians will focus on the Nov. 2 mid-term elections.  Democrats are hoping to keep hold of Congress, while Republicans are wanting to take that control away.

Lt. Governor Patty Judge made a surprise appearance at DNC Chairman Tim Kaine's rally Wednesday.  She says that Gov. Chet Culver's only lagging by about 8 points in current polls.

Kaine also made stops in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, and visited the Iowa State Fair in August.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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