'This Week' Transcript: Tim Kaine

KAINE: I think it's trying to find the balance between telling a story of accomplishment and change and improvement, while acknowledging that we still have a long way to go. So when the president came in, as you know, Christiane, the economy of the United States was actually shrinking for the first time in about 70 years. We had come through a decade where we lost jobs, income declined, poverty gap's widened. Now the economy is growing again. Now, instead of 22 months of private-sector job losses in a row, we've had nine months of private-sector job gains, but we know we are not where we want to be yet. We are climbing the ladder. We're getting out of the canyon we were in. We've got to keep climbing and not go backward, but you have to have that humility because a lot of people are still suffering and we've got more work to do.

AMANPOUR: Do you think that, as you have more work to do, that there will be a better chance of bipartisanship after this election or not?

KAINE: Well, there's always in an election cycle I think the parties tend to go in their corners. So for example, you saw the Democrats work very hard on the small business lending bill, that from all the Republican rhetoric, you would have thought that they would have supported. Instead, they filibustered that bill for months because they really did not want it to pass in an election cycle.

But I do think there are matters like that, small business lending and other economic advances that there well could be some accord on as we go forward, once you get past all the sturm and drung of the election cycle.

AMANPOUR: And finally, what will happen after the election? Will you remain DNC chairman?

KAINE: Well, I am doing what the president wants me to do. I have not had any conversation with him or the White House to suggest they want me to do anything different, so it's full speed ahead. It's been a tremendous honor to serve this president in this way.

AMANPOUR: Tim Kaine, chairman of the DNC, thank you so much indeed for joining us.

KAINE: You bet, Christiane.

AMANPOUR: Thank you very much.

AMANPOUR: And joining me now, General Hugh Shelton. Welcome to "This Week."

SHELTON: Thanks, Christiane. Great to be with you.

AMANPOUR: It was prescient, what President Clinton said, that you could survive just about anything. Tell me how you survived that fall.

SHELTON: Well, I was very fortunate. After falling off the ladder and being evacuated quickly to a local hospital and told I would never walk again, Walter Reed came to the emergency -- it -- and Dr. Jim Eckland (ph) immediately evacuated me out to Walter Reed. They did kind of an advanced technique on me to raise my blood pressure, force the blood in around the cells, and miraculously I walked out after 83 days at Walter Reed.

AMANPOUR: And they said once in a million cure, in that regard.

SHELTON: Well, at Walter Reed, they said they'd never seen one recover from that type of an injury. And now I can serve as an inspiration to others that suffered the same type of injury.

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