Democrat Tim Kaine seemed to be already getting to work Wednesday after defeating George Allen in the race for the U.S. Senate.
At a news conference in Richmond on Wednesday afternoon, he talked about working in Congress to reduce the deficit.
“As a governor who had to work on very tough fiscal issues during my time as governor in a very challenging recession, I do see a virtue of a deal by year end as being kind of a springboard that will enable us to tackle our fiscal challenges in a very comprehensive way,” Kaine said.
George Allen conceded in a speech Tuesday night and pledged his support to Kaine.
On Wednesday Virginia's Senator-elect walked up to the podium inside his Richmond campaign office Wednesday morning, wearing blue jeans and a sweater and stated the obvious.
"It was an exciting night last night nationally and it was an exciting night here in Virginia," Kaine said.
Cameras were packed in tight as Tim Kaine told reporters that while his new job doesn't begin officially until next year, he's starting immediately.
"While I'm not going to be part of the body till early 2013, I'm going to continue to advocate a basic set of consequences that congress can come together and the senators can come together and embrace to avoid catastrophic cuts to defense, to avoid other cuts that would hurt our economy and our safety net,” Kaine said.
Kaine ran a centrist campaign. Fifteen years in politics, he said, taught him that building bridges of compromise works better than tossing political bombs.
We asked Kaine about calling the election for President Obama in front of his supporters Tuesday night.
"It felt good. It felt like when Virginia moved, then all of a sudden people started to call this thing for the nation,” Kaine said.