"After the [June] primary was done, his advisers basically said, distance yourself from the president. We think we have our base locked down, we've got to win independents. And we're going to win by being negative about McDonnell," Kaine said. "That was the basic strategy they pursued, despite some significant urging to the contrary."
Perhaps Kaine genuinely believes that Deeds needed to run as an Obama Democrat, but lets face it, as the head of the DNC, Kaine has to say that.