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Friday, June 05, 2015

 9:23 PM 

Kaine highlights difference between Dems, GOP

Dem U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, of Virginia, boiled down the difference between the two parties to one sentence.

"Democrats like high-turnout elections; Republicans like low-turnout elections," said Kaine, the former mayor of Richmond who was elected governor in 2006 and to the U.S. Senate in 2012. He also was the chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011.

Kaine said that difference between the parties shows up over and over again. He cited voter identification, immigration debates, campaign finance changes and the "psychological disenfranchisement" generated by super PACs that he said direct money to a "torrent" of negative ads that lead Americans to say "why bother."

He said that difference is part of a larger strategy by Republicans to reduce turnout. Kaine said he believes the approach began after Barack Obama was elected president.

"This is not an accident," he said. "This is not a coincidence. This is a carefully thought-out plan."

He said that makes the 2016 elections even more important. Dems, Kaine said, cannot engage in the negative back-and-forths that send voters away. Rather, he said, Dems should represent the "happy warrior party," telling the stories of what they have accomplished and how they can do more.

"Folks, this isn't just about elections," Kaine said, "it's about what Democracy means."

-- By Chris Thompson

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