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GOP Highlights Biden’s Flub of Va. Senate Candidate Tim Kaine’s Name

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(LYNCHBURG, Va.) -- Vice President Joe Biden mixed up the name of the Democratic Senate candidate in Virginia today, calling him by the wrong first name not once, but twice.

“I want to tell you, it’s good to be in a state that’s going to be represented by Tim Kaine. What a guy! There is a decent honorable man. That man has more integrity in his little finger than most people have in their whole body. I’m a big Tom Kaine fan, a big Tom Kaine fan,” Biden said at the Lynchburg City Armory.

In May, the vice president headlined a fundraiser for Kaine, a former governor of Virginia who is running for the Senate seat in Virginia against Republican George Allen, also a former Virginia governor. Kaine also served as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011.

The Romney campaign was quick to highlight the vice president’s flub, circulating a video of the forgetful moment on Twitter.

“Vice President Biden forgot the name of his own Virginia Democratic Senate nominee and he wants voters to forget about President Obama’s failed economic policies and lack of a real agenda for a second term,” Ryan Williams, spokesman for Romney, said in a statement.

“Once again, Mitt Romney’s campaign is showing their focus on the big things — like one letter in Tim Kaine’s name. If they put as much time and effort into their policies, maybe we’d finally have an answer for how they’d pay for $5 trillion in tax cuts weighted to the very wealthy,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a statement.

Earlier in the week, Biden mistakenly said he was in Iowa while campaigning in Ohio.

Biden, who was accompanied by his wife Dr. Jill Biden, initially was scheduled to hold an additional event in Virginia Beach, Va., today, but the campaign cancelled the event “out of an abundance of caution to ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can stay focused on ensuring the safety of people who might be impacted by the storm.”

The vice president was supposed to be joined today by his son Beau, the attorney general of Delaware and a member of the Delaware National Guard, but Beau Biden had to return home to Delaware to help the National Guard prepare for the impending storm.

“On behalf of our son Beau, he’s the attorney general of Delaware and a national guard member, he was literally — drove down from Wilmington, was  sitting in Air Force 2 as we were about to take off, and we’re in the car coming from the residence to the plane. He called me and said ‘Dad, the governor just called up the National Guard, I’m going home.’ So he apologizes for not being here, he wanted to be here,” Biden said.

Biden spoke to a crowd of 1,500, according to the city’s deputy fire marshal, and railed against what he said was the Republican ticket’s flip-flopping, saying Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan are hoping voters will have “amnesia” on Election Day.

“And now the governor is running away from everything he said in the last year and a half and the congressman is running away from everything he voted for. I mean I’m not making this up. This is real,” Biden said.  “They’re counting on the American people to have an overwhelming case of amnesia on November the 6th.”

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'Horses and Bayonets' Become Campaign Fodder in Battleground Virginia

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- It started as a snarky comeback when President Obama knocked down Mitt Romney for arguing that the Navy is now smaller than any time since 1917 with the reminder that the military has fewer "horses and bayonets." But the punch line quickly became real campaign fodder in the razor-thin Senate race between Tim Kaine, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, and George Allen, a former Republican senator.

The comments could now play a role in determining whether Democrats are able to hold on to the open Senate seat being vacated by Jim Webb and whether Obama can once again pull out a win in the battleground state.

Within hours of the debate, Allen's campaign released a statement ripping Obama's "disregard" for the potential loss of "200,000 Virginia jobs."

And in a campaign ad less than two days after his comments, Allen, 60, tied Kaine to Obama, suggesting that the two Democrats support draconian cuts to the military.

"Decisions in Washington ripple through our communities, harming small businesses," Allen said in the spot. "My plan will stop defense cuts by growing our economy, using our energy resources and creating jobs. My job is to fight for yours."

Kaine's campaign responded, saying that Kaine, 54, has always opposed deep defense cuts and Allen's claims in the ad are a "transparently partisan attempt to win re-election."

The debate is a staple of politics in Virginia, home of the largest U.S. Naval base, Naval Station Norfolk, and the fourth-largest federal workforce, according to the most recent Census data from 2009.

Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, said Democrats and Republicans campaigning in the state at the federal level have always had to dance around the issue of federal spending, which is at least partly responsible for the relative health of Virginia's economy.

"[Democrats] point out that the federal government is essential to Virginia's strong economy and its one of the reasons we have a 5.9 percent unemployment rate," Sabato told ABC News. "What Republicans do is they attack federal spending but they exempt defense."

The stakes are high in a Senate race that could not be tighter. The race between Allen and Kaine is virtually tied, as it has been for nearly the entire election, according to the Real Clear Politics poll average.

And Romney has also staked his fate in Virginia on his plan for the Navy, which he says has fewer ships now than it needs to carry out its mission.

His campaign Thursday released a new radio ad lampooning Obama's "horses and bayonets" comment.

"To Mitt Romney, that's a problem, to President Obama, it's a chance to deliver a punch line," the ad says. "Does President Obama know how much his defense cuts will hurt us?"

The ad is also being run in other states, including Florida.

But Obama also hopes to pull off a repeat performance of his 2008 sweep in Virginia. He faces a difficult, some say daunting task. Virginia has only voted for one Democrat, Obama, in the past 40 years.

Obama did it in 2008 by winning several states won by George W. Bush in 2004. But Sabato says Obama risks losing by wide margins in this election in the southwestern counties least hospitable to Democrats.

"You've seen a virtual collapse among whites and particularly white males in rural areas," Sabato said. "Obama is going to crash and burn in southwest Virginia, but his goal is to reduce the massive loss."

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Tim Kaine Announces Virginia Senate Bid

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- It might have been the worst-kept secret in Washington in recent weeks, and on Tuesday it was a secret no more: Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine is running for Senate in Virginia.

Kaine, who served as governor of Virginia from 2006-2010 before President Obama asked him to head the DNC, made the announcement in a video message to supporters.

“I’m running for the United States Senate because America has big challenges, and I’m convinced that Virginia has answers to help strengthen our nation” Kaine said. “While we still have a lot of work to do to help Virginians who are struggling, I know Washington can learn a few things from Virginia.”

Democrats have long viewed Kaine as their best chance to keep the Virginia seat that Sen. Jim Webb is vacating in their hands. Kaine could face another former governor, George Allen, a Republican who announced in January that he would seek the seat.

Democrats, including President Obama, have been not-so-subtly pushing Kaine to run. At a recent fundraiser in New York City, the president referred to the rumors that Kaine "might plunge back into electoral politics."

“If he does,” Obama said, “I want even people up here to be paying attention and to be rooting for him.”

Kaine's coming departure from his job at the DNC, also means that President Obama will soon have to name a replacement. Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz are among those who have been mentioned as possible contenders for the job.

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DNC Chairman Tim Kaine Leaning Toward US Senate Run

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Nervous about losing a U.S. Senate seat to Republicans in Virginia, President Obama has been pushing former Virginia governor and current Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine to run for the spot being vacated by Sen. Jim Webb.

Virginia is a battleground state that Obama can ill-afford to lose next year and his chances would improve significantly if a strong Democratic candidate like Kaine is the nominee for Senate.  His most likely GOP opponent would be former Sen. George Allen.

Up to now, Kaine has been reluctant to make a commitment but there were signs Monday that he appears ready to make a decision that will please the president.

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse said that Kaine is more apt to run than sit out the race.  Woodhouse made the statement following reports that Kaine told University of Richmond students that he is indeed a candidate.

Kaine's people are insisting that no firm decision has been made yet and that the former governor will announce his intentions once he addresses several matters, including whether he has the support to win, as well as ensure that he leaves the DNC in capable hands should he step down from the chairmanship.

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Exclusive: Michael Steele, Tim Kaine Fire At Members of Own Party 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele agrees with what former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told The New York Times -- the GOP’s expected gains on Tuesday are, “not a validation of the Republican Party at all.”

“I think the American people right now are much more skeptical of the direction the president and Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Reid are taking the country,” the RNC chairman told ABC News. “But they also have some concerns about the direction that Republicans will then lead when we take control of the congress in 2011.”

Steele is looking for a “fresh start” with voters and admitted that if the GOP doesn’t live up to expectation, they will encounter a problem in 2012.

Acknowledging his own problems, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said President Obama knows about “the need going forward to make some adjustments and corrections,” adding that those will “play out” over the course of the next few weeks.

Both chairmen fired back at their own party.  Kaine pointed fingers at Democrats who have run against their party and “who’ve kind of been holding their own accomplishments at arm’s length.” Steele responded forcefully to the anonymous sources cited in a Politico story that said “stopping Sarah Palin” is next for the GOP.

“If you are not willing to put your name with your comments, then there is not validity to it...Put your name next to your quote and then have a conversation with Sarah Palin. Until then, leave it alone,” he said. “You know all this kind of dissension and, you know, frustration within the party is not doing anything to get Republicans elected tomorrow. So until we get that job done let’s not worry about 2012.”

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Both Parties Say They'll Take House; Obama Keeps on Campaigning

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With just nine days to go until the midterm election, the leaders of both parties claim they will have control of the House of Representatives when all the votes are counted.

Republican party chairman Michael Steele said there is a "vibration" out there in the race for House control.  "I think you're going to see a wave, an unprecedented wave, on Election Day that's going to surprise a lot of people," Steele said on NBC's Meet the Press.

On ABC's This Week, Democratic National Committee head Tim Kaine didn't exude the same confidence of his counterpart, but still expressed optimism.  "It's all about turnout and ground game, and we're seeing good early voting trends and we've got work to do, but we think we can do it," he said.

Meanwhile, President Obama is scheduled to be back on the campaign trail Monday, visiting Rhode Island as he pleads for Democrats to vote.  Democrats claim to have closed the so-called "enthusiasm gap," but that doesn't mean they can win all their vulnerable seats.

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Top Democrat Says His Party Will Not Lose the House

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Does Tim Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, know something all the pundits, pollsters and political prognosticators don't?

In a bold prediction – either a sign he is wiser than the conventional wisdom, eternally optimistic, or staying on message until the bitter end – Kaine told ABC News that Democrats would maintain control of the House in the midterm elections.

"I think it's going to be close," he said. "These races are very close, but from this point forward, it's all about turnout and ground game. And we're seeing good early voting trends and we've got work to do, but we think we can do it."

Kaine said the wind was at Democrats' backs.

"The polling is moving," he said. "We really haven't seen since Labor Day polls moving against us. Almost all the polls have been moving for us. Now we still have work to do, but what Democrats tend to specialize in is the ground game – the turnout – and the more people turn out, the better we do."

Kaine, who was the governor of Virginia between 2006 and 2010, insisted that Nancy Pelosi would remain Speaker of the House.

"She's done a marvelous job, in a town where it's hard to do heavy lifts," he said. "I think she'll stay as speaker." But, he added, "we're not taking a single race for granted."

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Tim Kaine Worried Karl Rove May Be Right

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Republican strategist Karl Rove claims that contributions to his organizations Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads have surged since Democrats attacked him for failing to disclose the group's donors.  Democratic Party chairman Tim Kaine told ABC News that Rove may be right.

“That should trouble folks.  And look the polling I’ve seen suggests the American public cares deeply about this,” Kaine said.  “The prospect of shadowy groups being able to put money in secretly to buy elections, to bypass the rules that the candidates have to follow in terms of disclosing their donors, should worry everybody.”

Kaine also stood by his claim that failure to disclose these donations is reminiscent of Watergate, despite offering no evidence that any laws have been broken.

“Watergate was a scandal that involved a number of things including campaign financing that was being done with dollars bills in sacks handed over to the committee to reelect the president,” he said.

“And the Republicans have made, I believe, a concerted effort to divert as much campaign funding as they can into non-reporting entities aided by the Supreme Court decision, the Citizens United, so the American public will not know who is funding the campaign,” he added.

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DNC Chairman Tim Kaine Compares Controversy Over Interest Group Funding To Watergate

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine sharpened his criticism of the well-funded outside groups whose campaign war chests are swelling this year thanks to the contributions of anonymous donors.

Kaine predicted that the lack of transparency among these organizations, which have been putting most of their muscle behind Republican candidates and causes, represented “one of the biggest political process stories since Watergate.”

“As we see this trend toward funding campaigns through non-reportable entities, the Democrats stand squarely for requiring disclosure of who is funding campaigns,” Kaine said at a breakfast in Washington organized by the Christian Science Monitor. “And I don't think it’s an accident that you’re seeing this happen.”

The DNC chairman drew several comparisons between the current outcry among top Democrats about anonymous donors and the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, saying that by the time the Nixon-era drama fully unfolded, “it had its tentacles on a whole lot of areas including the financing of campaigns."

Watergate, Kaine said, led to “one or two most salutary developments in American politics in the last 30 years, which is the trend toward openness and disclosure.”

Kaine also weighed in on the recent campaign ad unveiled by West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin’s Senate campaign that shows Manchin shooting a rifle at a copy of the cap-and-trade bill promoted by the Obama administration. In the ad, Manchin also vows to “repeal the bad parts of Obamacare.”

“I'm not wild about it," Kaine said of the campaign commercial. “The part that I most don't like is fixing what's bad about Obamacare. He had two Democratic senators -- very good senators -- who voted for that bill and they voted for it because it probably has as much to offer the residents of West Virginia as virtually any state.”

Kaine, however, did acknowledge that Manchin, who is running in a tight race against Republican businessman John Raese, was “a hell of a shot.”

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