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    Debbie Wasserman Schultz to take over Democratic National Committee

    Updated 6:14 p.m. Eastern Time Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, a Democratic aide has confirmed to CBS News. Wasserman Schultz will take over for Tim Kaine, who is stepping down to run for Senate in Virginia. Wasserman Schultz is known as a strong fundraiser and seen as skilled in making the Democratic argument to the public. She will become the chief organizer and fundraiser for the party in the 2012 election cycle. President Obama made the final choice of Wasserman Schultz. Among the other candidates to take over for Kaine was former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. Wasserman Schultz, who is in her fourth term, could remain in Congress while she chairs the DNC. It is not yet known whether she will do so. UPDATE: Vice President Biden has now formally announced the choice in a letter to DNC members. “In selecting Debbie to lead our party, President Obama noted her tenacity, her strength, her fighting spirit, and her ability to overcome adversity,” he wrote. “President Obama expressed great admiration for her as a leader, and he was honored that she accepted this important challenge on behalf of the Democratic Party.” Added Biden: “No one should have any doubt that Debbie will work hard to strengthen our party and our country. I hope you will welcome her as President Obama’s choice for the next Chair of the DNC.”


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