Friday, January 16, 2009
Answering your questions
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Thousands of you submitted your questions about the future of our party.
You asked about fighting for jobs, reaching across the aisle to solve the economic crisis, and how we're going to keep competing in all 50 states.
You also shared your words of encouragement and asked for more details about my vision for the Democratic Party.
There were so many questions, so we selected a bunch that reflect the wide range of topics you asked about.
Please watch a video I recorded to answer your questions.
Chairman Howard Dean set an outstanding example, and I look forward to building on his success.
I'm committed to organizing and building our party in every corner of the country. At a time when we are facing so many challenges as a nation, we need to reach out and bring more people into the political process.
Engaged citizens like you are at the heart of the Democratic Party. Here are a few of the questions folks like you submitted:
We've had some incredible success the past few years, especially in my home state of Virginia, where the electoral votes went to a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in 44 years.
I hope you'll be there with me as we continue to change the electoral map and bring change to Washington.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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Four years ago, I became chairman with a mandate for bottom-up reform -- grow the Democratic Party in your neighborhood and every other community in America.
We promised to compete in every state, for every level of office. And we demanded a party that would stand up for itself and fight for an agenda that reflects our values.
When the 447 members of the Democratic National Committee elected me, it wasn't because they thought I could accomplish these things.
They elected me because I knew that only you could.
I believed then -- and I believe now -- that every single one of us must take responsibility for building our party. It's not enough to simply vote for Democrats -- in order to win, every one of us must deliver our message and values into our own communities. We must organize.
Four years later, we have more Democratic state legislators and governors. We expanded the electoral map, regained a majority in both houses of Congress, and put a Democratic president in the White House.
We did it by rebuilding the party infrastructure from the ground up, creating a truly national voter database, and developing 21st century campaign tools that merged traditional organizing with new technology.
I said on my first day on the job that this wouldn't be my chairmanship -- it would be ours together. And you reshaped the political landscape over these four years.
Next week, I will step down after four years as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
I'd like to congratulate Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia, who will take my place as Chairman on January 21st. He will be an excellent leader in the years ahead.
I know a lot of people are wondering what to expect as we move forward. I can assure you that Governor Kaine will continue the grassroots approach that has made our party and Barack Obama's campaign so successful.
Governor Kaine knows first-hand what a commitment to fighting everywhere means -- Virginia is a prime example of what can happen when we refuse to concede any part of this country and build our organization everywhere.
In that spirit of grassroots engagement, Governor Kaine has offered to answer your questions personally in a video on Democrats.org.
Submit your question for incoming DNC Chairman Tim Kaine.
Democrats have made great gains over the past four years, but we still have a lot of work to do to get this country back on course.
Governor Kaine knows that the strength of our party comes from the bottom up, and he will need your support as we take the next steps to grow our party and elect Democrats everywhere.
You've done a lot over the last six months, and over the last four years. You've donated money, talked to friends, knocked on doors. You've invested yourself in the political process. And it's tempting to take it easy after a big victory.
But these are not short-term investments. We will only create lasting change if that sense of obligation to one another and responsibility for the common good becomes a permanent part of our lives.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
We cannot be silent. We cannot leave it to others to see this through.
Thank you for everything you did for our cause in this election and over the last four years.
But we are not stopping here. And even though my term as chairman is ending, I will be with you -- and with our new chairman -- every step of the way.
Thank you again,
Friday, January 09, 2009
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Yesterday, I had the honor of introducing Virginia Governor Tim Kaine as the next Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
We're in a strong position to build the Democratic Party, renew our commitment to the principles we share, and continue the outstanding work of Chairman Howard Dean.
Among his many achievements, Governor Dean launched a strategy to reach out to Americans in all 50 states -- north, south, east and west. This 50-state strategy helped Democrats compete in states where we hadn't in years, including states like Virginia.
Governor Kaine has seen the power of the 50-state strategy firsthand, and under his leadership, Democrats will continue to organize and compete in every corner of our country.
Share your question for incoming Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine -- he'll answer as many as possible in a video on Democrats.org.
Tim is the ideal leader to grow and strengthen this party -- not by appealing to our divisions, but by appealing to our common hopes; not by pursuing policies that advance a specific dogma, but by pursuing policies that work for ordinary people.
As Governor of Virginia, Tim was known for his intelligence, integrity, and strong economic leadership.
He has a record of putting public service above partisanship, and he knows that reaching across party lines is the way to achieve progress for all Americans.
Over the next few days, you'll have a unique opportunity to get to know Governor Kaine. You can submit a question online, and he'll answer as many as possible in a special video next week.
Learn more about the future of the Democratic Party by submitting your question to Governor Kaine:
The success of our party in the years ahead depends on strong leadership, but it also depends on a committed membership determined to bring change.
Thank you for your hard work and please join me in welcoming Chairman Tim Kaine,
Thursday, January 08, 2009
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On January 20th, our journey to bring change will officially begin.
We're organizing the most open and accessible inauguration in our nation's history. And we're doing it without contributions from Washington lobbyists or big corporations.
Just like we did on the campaign, we're relying entirely on supporters like you -- ordinary people giving whatever they can afford to make this an event for all Americans.
I know we've asked a lot of you. But changing the way business is done in Washington will take a commitment from all of us. Right now, you can help give this administration a strong start.
And if you make a donation of any amount before midnight tonight, you could be selected to come to Washington, D.C., and be part of the welcome ceremony, the swearing in, the Inaugural Parade, and the Inaugural Community Ball.
Make a donation of $5 or more and be part of the historic moment you made possible.
We have a long road ahead of us, and we're going to face some major challenges as soon as we start. But I know I can count on you every step of the way.
Thank you for everything you've done and happy New Year,
P.S. -- You could be there for this historic moment even if you cannot make a donation. You can show your support by sharing what this Inauguration means to you. Learn more here: