Gov. Tim Kaine, a devout Catholic to Serve as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
Meet Tim Kaine. He served as Co-Chair of Barack Obama's Catholic Advisory Committee. His views on abortion are roughly in line with those of George W. Bush. He thinks John Kerry spent too much time on the campaign trail talking about windsurfing and not enough time talking about God and advised Obama on how to talk to Catholic and other faith voters. Most Catholics voted for Obama.
The devoutly Catholic Kaine says that his own strong Catholic faith was his inspiration for entering politics, and that he believes Democrats in general have done a poor job of reaching out to religious Americans.
“I think we need to do a lot better; I really do,” he said. “And I think there has been a hunger in the rank and file of the party for us to do better.”
Kaine served as a Catholic missionary in Honduras in the early 1980s.
Here is a transcript of the speech he gave at the Democratic National Convention:
What an honor to be here on this powerful night! What an honor to speak not just to those gathered here in Denver but to homes across America — and not just those owned by John McCain.
Looking out at this crowd and feeling the energy, I can tell you this: We are making history. I am here tonight not just as the governor of Virginia who knows the people of my state need a better partner in White House not just as a Democrat who is tired of politics as usual, but most importantly as an American who wants to see American values guiding our country again.
For eight years we've seen what happens when a president lets Washington values become more important than American values. Gas prices skyrocket when the White House lets oil companies call the shots. Our children are left behind when an administration cares more about sound bites than sound schools. And middle-class families are left to fend for themselves to save their jobs, their homes and their grasp on the American dream.
Maybe for John McCain the American dream means seven housesand if that's your America, John McCain is your candidate. But for the rest of us, the American dream means one homein a safe neighborhood, with good schools and good health care and a little money left over every month to go out for dinner and save for the future.
Does that seem like too much to ask? John McCain thinks it is. He'll keep answering to the special interests and Washington lobbyists — we're ready for leadership that answers to us. And the leader who will deliver the change we need is Barack Obama.
Now folks, it won't be easy. Change never is. And if we are to succeed, we'll need a little extra something.
The Gospel of Matthew says, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to the mountain move mountain' and it will move."
My lifelong faith deepened when I traveled to Honduras to work with Catholic missionaries after my first year in law school.
Hay algunos Latinos aqui? Estamos unidos, verdad?
I learned from a great mentor there, Brother Jim O'Leary, that faith is about more than words or doctrine, it's about action.
And that led me to spend my life in public service.
While I was learning how to put my faith into action in Honduras, Barack Obama was doing the same thing on the streets of South Side Chicago — empowering people to rebuild their communities and reclaim their lives after the steel plants closed down.
Joe Biden has also spent his lifetime putting faith into action — overcoming unspeakable tragedy in his personal life, and as a U.S. senator making our world safer, our air cleaner and protecting women from crimes of violence.
For Barack Obama, for Joe Biden, for me, for all of us, the principles of faith call us to service.
With faith in the American dream, we strive for better schools, economic justice, and smarter foreign policies because we believe in the God-given principles of equality, freedom, and opportunity.
With faith in each other, we work for a common-sense approach to politics that focuses on results, not partisan division, because we recognize that we're all in this together.
Aren't we all tired of a Washington that doesn't have any faith in us? Fellow delegates, fellow Democrats, and fellow Americans, now is the time to let our faith guide us to action once again.
We need to put our faith into action to elect a president who will put middle-class Americans first again and reward companies who create jobs in America instead of shipping them overseas.
We need to put our faith into actionto elect a president who will end our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and invest in green-collar, clean energy jobs right here at home.
We need to put our faith into actionto elect a president who will invest in our students, teachers and schools, and make college affordable once again for every American family. We need to put our faith into action to elect a president who will responsibly end the war in Iraq, give our veterans and their families the support they need, and reinvigorate our military to face the challenges ahead.
If we put our faith into action, we can move mountains. We can move the mountains of negativity and division and gridlock.
We can move the mountains of special interests and business as usual.
We can move the mountains of hopelessness that surround too many of our people and communities.
Does anybody here have a little faith tonight? Is anybody here ready to move those mountains? Starting right here in the Mile High City, we will put our faith into action; we will reject the failed policies of George Bush and John McCain; we will elect Barack Obama our next president. In the words of the gospel hymn, "Move, mountain." Say it with me: "Move, mountain." Say it with me again: "Move, mountain." Mountain, get out of our way!