Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine told students at the University of Richmond he is “increasingly likely” to run for Senate, but has yet to make a final decision.
Kaine made the comments to graduate students in the government class he teaches on Monday mornings.
“In response to a student’s question, Governor Kaine told his law school class today what is already widely known which is that he is increasingly likely to run,” said DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse.
” However, no final decision will be made or announced until the governor has had a final round of consultations with folks about how he can best serve the President, the people and the causes he cares about; he is assured that the Democratic Party will be in good hands should he choose to make the race and leave the DNC; he has the support that would be necessary to mount a successful campaign and he completes commitments for travel and fundraising he has made to the Party and the President through at least the end of the month.”
The former Virginia governor’s comments to the government class he teaches touched off a brief cascade of rumors on social networking sites.
A caller to WINA-AM in Charlottesville, identified only as ‘Greg,’ said friends told him that Kaine formally announced his run for office during class Monday morning.
But top Democrats across the commonwealth seemed unaware that Kaine planned an announcement.
Eventually, the DNC issued Woodhouse’s statement, clarifying the former governor’s remarks.
Kaine is weighing a bid for the seat currently held by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who is retiring at the end of his term.