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Eight Added to Speaker Roster at Democratic National Convention

Eight new leaders have been added to the list of those speaking at this year's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, CNN reports:

HarrisAdded Monday were Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as President Barack Obama's chief of staff for the first two years of his presidency; Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, who won the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination; Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, chair of the Democratic Governors Association, and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who acted as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee and is running for U.S. Senate.

Also on the list: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

As I noted earlier, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is slated to deliver the keynote address, and former President Bill Clinton is set to enter Obama's name into nomination.

The convention convenes in two weeks.

Tim Kaine Won't Say He's for Marriage Equality

Former DNC Chair Tim Kaine, who's running for Senate in Virginia, and, as The Hill notes, is "a strict Catholic who is running in a swing state," was asked if he supported same-sex marriage today, and did a fancy dodge:

Kaine"The underlying issue is, should committed couples have the same legal rights and responsibilities? and the answer to that is an unequivocal yes," he said. "I believe in the legal equality of relationships. The debate about 'Is it marriage, is it a civil union, is it domestic partnership?' — I kind of let that one go, and say the legal issue is, Should committed couples be treated the same by law? And I think the answer is yes. Just as we do now, churches would be able to make their own decisions about which relationships they'd want to celebrate — that wouldn't change — but as a matter of law I do fundamentally believe that couples should be treated equally."

When asked if he believed if marriage equality is a civil right, he reframed the issue.

"Relationship equality is a civil right, I believe that," he said. "The legal issue, the issue for policymakers is should we treat people the same? And I believe we should. There should be a license that would entitle a committed couple to have the same rights as a married couple. Again, I think the labels actually get in the way of the issue.

"What you call it and how you label it and how you describe it is not unimportant, it is important. But I think the most important issue, really, is the issue of legal equality, relationship equality," he said.

DNC Chair Tim Kaine Running for Senate in Virginia


Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine announced his run for U.S. Senate in a web video posted today.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP..

Politico reports:

Though Kaine’s departure from the DNC for a Senate bid has been on the horizon for nearly two months, the search for his replacement is still up in the air. Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland are said to be in the running for the job, but the party might choose a less conventional candidate, sources told POLITICO.

Republicans have made clear that they intend to frame Kaine as an insider who for the last two years as DNC chair has been a dutiful lapdog to President Barack Obama.

DailyKos adds:

Polling has shown Kaine in a dead heat with ex-Sen. George Allen, the likely GOP nominee. Allen could potentially get derailed by teabaggers, but a recent PPP survey showed him performing strongly in a hypothetical Republican primary.

As for the Dem side, ex-Rep. Tom Perriello, generally seen as the main alternative to Kaine, previously said he wouldn't run if Kaine did, so count him out. But Rep. Bobby Scott said just the other day that he's still thinking about seeking the Dem nomination, and he intimated that Kaine's decision wouldn't affect his.

Watch Kaine's video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jon Stewart to DNC Chair Tim Kaine: 'You're in Trouble Dude'


Democratic Party Chair Tim Kaine tries to make the case that Democrats have been working hard with their majority in Congress.

Says Stewart: "There is a real confusion over you've done a lot but no one's quite sure what it is."


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Watch: DNC Chair Tim Kaine Answers Questions from LGBT Voters


What have the Democrats done for you? DNC Chair Tim Kaine is here to tell you. 


(via washington blade)

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VA and MD Govs Blast Catholic Church for Marriage Equality Threat


Virginia Governor Tim Kaine and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley criticized the Catholic Church's threat to cut off social services in Washington D.C. if the District passes a marriage equality law.

Said Kaine: "I'm Catholic, and I think it's wrong. I don't think you take your ball and go home. I think the strategy of threatening to pull back, it doesn't seem like the church I've come up in."

Radio station WTOP, where the pair appeared, reports:

"Kaine, who praised the 'remarkable' work of the church, says if the Catholic Church opts to end its charitable work in the District, it would 'it would set a very bad example.' ... 'It's really not who the church has been. If you look at the church through history, the church will stand in tough situations and continue to do good,' said Kaine, who has worked as a missionary in Honduras. 'I would be very, very disappointed here or anywhere else if the Catholic Church decides 'Gosh, we don't like something that's happening in civil society, so we're going to retreat into our shell.'' Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who also is Catholic, agreed. 'I don't understand how they can possibly do this,' O'Malley said. 'I have a hard time believing that the nuns and priests who taught me about the Corporal Works of Mercy would agree that this is an appropriate response for the church,' he said. 'I think it would be very, very sad for all concerned, especially for the people who are served by the good work of the Catholic Church acting out the Gospels.'"


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