RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA) - On the day after his victory, Senator-elect Tim Kaine appeared relaxed and energized to begin his work in Congress.
Kaine says his and President Obama's win in the Commonwealth does not mean Virginia is a now a blue state, but purple, and extremely important on the national political stage.
"Now, people now have to listen to us, " he said.
The Senator Elect said his first task is to tackle the looming fiscal cliff issues, such as stopping sequestration and raising the income levels on the expiring Bush ERA tax cuts.
Senator elect Kaine says voters saw through the negative ads targeted against him in one of the most expensive races in history. And he says his victory proves that money cannot buy an election.