Kaine puts positive spin on Tuesday’s primaries 

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said both parties are facing backlash from angry voters this year and he acknowledged Democrats have “a tough battle ahead” as the November election approaches.
Kaine, speaking at the National Press Club, said Wednesday’s election results were more ominous for the GOP, not Democrats, even though their candidate, Sen. Arlen Specter, lost the Pennsylvania Democratic Primary to Rep. Joe Sestak.
“Joe Sestak has also been a supporter of the President’s agenda and has showed that he will be a strong campaigner, Kaine said.
Kaine pointed out that in Pennsylvania’s 12th District special election to replace the Late Rep. John Murtha, Democrat Mark Critz beat Republican Mark Burns by nearly 8 points, which he called “a major blow to Republicans who all but guaranteed a win in this race soon after the seat became vacant and declared that it represented exactly the type of seat that Republicans must win this fall if they are to be successful.”
Kaine called Rand Paul’s victory in the Senate Republican primary “a crushing blow to national Republicans and Senator McConnell – and additional evidence that there is a corrosive and divisive civil war occurring on the Republican side.”
Kaine said the DNC plans to launch its largest ever election offensive and plans to spend $50 million on races for the Senate, House, governor and local offices.
“Our number one priority is getting first-time 2008 voters to vote again in this election because if we can enhance the turnout of the 15 million Americans who cast their first ballot in 2008, we can make a difference in close races across the country,” Kaine said.
Kaine said he also expects the economy to improve by election time, which he predicted would help Democratic candidates.

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