Enough Of Career Politicians

- July 27, 2016

Despite A Public Clamoring For Change, Hillary Clinton Picked A Fellow Career Politician To Enforce The Status Quo


  • Tonight, Hillary Clinton running mate Tim Kaine is set to headline the Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia.
  • Clinton and Kaine have served in political positions for 40 years; though voters clamor for an outsider, Clinton's embodiment of the "democratic establishment" is a "liability."
  • Out-of-touch with the times, Clinton chose Kaine, a boring "career politician," who has few successes to burnish his resume despite his 20 year political career.
  • Kaine's acceptance of over $160,000 underscore his status as a privileged political insider.
  • Kaine's positions on nearly every issue are out of step with the Sanders/Warren wing of the Democrat Party and reinforce the status quo.


Hillary Clinton Has Served In Political Positions For 20 Years. "1992 - Bill Clinton is elected president. … November 7, 2000 - Is elected to the U.S. Senate with 56% of the vote. … January 21, 2009 - Is confirmed as secretary of state. … February 1, 2013 - Resigns as secretary of state." ("Hillary Clinton Fast Facts," CNN, 6/8/16)

Kaine Has Served In Political Positions For 20 Years. "1994-1998 - Serves as city council member in Richmond, Virginia. 1998-2000 - Serves as mayor of Richmond. 2002-2006 - Serves as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. … January 14, 2006-January 15, 2010 - Serves as governor of Virginia. 2009-2011 - Serves as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. … January 3, 2013 - Sworn in as Senator of Virginia." ("Tim Kaine Fast Facts," CNN, 7/22/16)

Clinton's Embodiment Of The "Democratic Establishment" Is A "Liability"

The American Prospect Co-Editor Robert Kuttner: "America Has Yearned For An Outsider President, Because The Insiders Have Not Delivered For Regular People." "America has yearned for an outsider president, because the insiders have not delivered for regular people. And it is hard to get more insider than the Clintons." (Robert Kuttner, Op-Ed, "Can Hillary Unite Center-Left And Left?" The Huffington Post, 7/24/16)

"Clinton Is The Favorite Of The Democratic Establishment, Regardless Of How You Want To Define It." "Yes, Clinton is the favorite of the Democratic establishment, regardless of how you want to define it. She has locked up the endorsements of more sitting senators, congressmen, and governors than any Democratic candidate in history had by this point in the race and enjoys a massive lead in the super-delegate race. She has the broad support of mainstream media outlets, including the backing of the Des Moines Register in Iowa, as well as the Boston Globe and the New York Times. (The Washington Post has chimed in with its own scathing takedown of Sanders.) And let's not forget that the current chairwoman of the national party, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was a high-profile Clinton surrogate in 2008 and has done pretty much everything she can to help Hillary in the 2016 cycle." (Josh Voorhees, "Hillary Says She's Not An 'Establishment' Candidate - Because She's A Woman," Slate , 2/4/16)

Clinton's "Three Decades In The Political Limelight Is A Liability." "It also underscores the problem with what Clinton represents: In a year that voters are craving authenticity and a break from the political norm above all else, her nearly three decades in the political limelight is a liability." (Dan Merica And Eric Bradner, "Young Voters Abandon Hillary Clinton For Bernie Sanders," CNN, 2/10/16)


Politico 's Edward-Isaac Dovere, On Kaine: "In An Anti-Establishment Year, He's A Career Politician" And Suffers From "The Boring Factor." "Lining up against Kaine is the boring factor - both that he doesn't come off as the most interesting person himself, and that at this point, his selection is so widely expected that the announcement wouldn't excite many in the political world or the political press corps. Being the white guy won't automatically excite the Obama coalition, and at 58 he's old enough not to be a young, fresh contrast to Clinton. In an anti-establishment year, he's a career politician." (Edward-Isaac Dovere, "Can Tim Kaine Be Hillary Clinton's Attack Dog?" Politico, 5/17/16)

Kaine: "Look, I've Been In Elected Politics For 22 Years." REPORTER: "Do you see this as sort of a microcosm of America's infrastructure issues in the country as a whole?" KAINE: "I do. Look I've been in elected politics for 22 years." (Tim Kaine, Remarks At A Press Availability, Arlington, VA, 6/20/16)

With Every Political Position He Has Held, Kaine Suffers From A Notable Lack Of Accomplishments

As Senator, Kaine Has Been The Lead Sponsor For Zero Bills That Have Passed Into Law. (Senator Tim Kaine, , Accessed 6/22/16)

The Virginian-Pilot , 2008: "Over 14 Years In Politics, As Mayor Of Richmond And As Governor, Kaine's Accomplishments Have Been Mainly Workmanlike Ones, Such As A Small Expansion In His Signature Early Childhood Education Initiative." ("Obama Spotlight Raises Kaine's Stock Obama Spotlight Raises Kaine's Stock," The Virginian-Pilot , 7/31/08)

Kaine Achieved Little Success As Governor, With Results On Key Initiatives "Minimal" And "Smaller Than He Hoped." "Kaine's policy objectives as governor weren't as successful. 'There were several of us who felt that now that Tim Kaine's the governor, since he had been mayor of Richmond, this was an opportunity to put urban areas that had been so fiscally stressed on the radar screen,' UR's Moeser says. 'I think some people were a bit surprised that the top priority for his administration was transportation as opposed to education or even housing.' Kaine's campaign pledge to fix roads veered into the ditch as soon as he took office. He promised to expand a statewide pre-kindergarten initiative, getting young, impressionable children into school a year earlier. But the results have been significantly smaller than he hoped. While Kaine's success in creating land-use policies will indirectly benefit cities, the impact is expected to be minimal." (Amy Biegelsen, "What's A Nice Guy Like Tim Kaine Doing In A Job Like This?," Style Weekly , 2/25/09)

Kaine Admitted He Was Only Running For Lt. Governor To Eventually Run For Governor. "Once we got past the normal exchange of introductory folderol, I asked him why he wanted to be lieutenant governor. He pointed out that he hadn't officially announced his candidacy, but conceded he was looking hard at running. Then he cut to the chase: He admitted that his long-range sights are on the governor's chair. He went on to say that for a number of reasons, the lieutenant governor's job seemed like the best move for him to make at this time. Most of us would probably agree that in politics, little - if anything - is more important than timing." ("A Beer With The Mayor," Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/29/00)

Kaine's Term As Governor Lacked "A Signature Legislative Achievement"

Kaine's Administration Lacked "A Signature Legislative Accomplishment" In Light Of His Predecessor Mark Warren's Successes. "His administration lacks a signature legislative accomplishment similar to that of his predecessor, Mark R. Warner, who ushered a $1.38 billion tax increase through the General Assembly in 2004. Mr. Kaine's own multibillion tax package to fund transportation collapsed in 2007. The plan involved regional taxing authorities, which were deemed unconstitutional, and the so-called 'abuser fees' on bad drivers, which proved overwhelmingly unpopular." ("Kaine Defends Urging Tax Hike In Final Budget," The Washington Times, 12/24/09)

University Of Richmond Political Science Professor Dan Palazzolo Notes Was Nothing "Spectacularly Extraordinary" From Kaine's Time As Governor. "Dan Palazzolo, a political science professor at the University of Richmond, notes that there isn't anything spectacularly extraordinary that stands out as the significant accomplishment from Kaine's time as governor, as he had trouble passing major packages with a Republican legislature, and he was serving during the lead-up and the height of the financial crisis." (Kailani Koenig, "Tim Kaine: A Traditional VP Choice For Clinton In An Unconventional Year," NBC News, 7/4/16)

  • Palazzolo Further Emphasized Kaine Has No "Signature Initiative." "'You're not talking about any signature initiative,' Palazzolo said. 'I think he did a job, I think most people would give him very high marks for dealing with the Virginia Tech shooting. He had a very stable mind in that incident.' That said, Republicans likely won't be able to dig up any very serious scandals with him, he said. 'There are no skeletons in his closet. I don't know if you know about some of these politicians in Virginia. Some have a seedy past. None of that is going to happen with Tim Kaine.'" (Kailani Koenig, "Tim Kaine: A Traditional VP Choice For Clinton In An Unconventional Year," NBC News, 7/4/16)

Kaine's Campaign Agenda Was "Largely Unfulfilled" By The End Of His Term

Kaine's 2005 Campaign Agenda Of Reforming Land Use And Development, Raising Teacher Salaries To The National Average, Expanding Early Childhood Education And Establishing A Long-Term Transportation Policy Was "Largely Unfulfilled" By The End Of His Term. "Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine entered office four years ago with ambitious plans to take on some of the state's most entrenched problems - reshaping the relationship between land use and development, raising teacher salaries to the national average, expanding early education opportunities and, most of all, finding a fix for the state's crumbling transportation system. But as he delivers his final address to the General Assembly on Wednesday night in advance of leaving office Saturday, Kaine's original agenda remains largely unfulfilled." (Anita Kumar, "Kaine Enters U.S. Spotlight, Leaves Incomplete Tasks In Va." The Washington Post, 1/13/10)

  • Throughout Kaine's Gubernatorial Administration, Proposals Across Several Policy Areas Were Killed . "A tax-relief proposal that would have allowed local governments to give homeowners a break of as much as 20 percent on their real estate assessments was killed, and bills that would prohibit transportation funds from being used for other services were killed each year of his term." (Anita Kumar, "Kaine Enters U.S. Spotlight, Leaves Incomplete Tasks In Va." The Washington Post, 1/13/10)

Kaine Achieved Just One Of The Top Six Campaign Pledges He Made While Running For Governor In 2005. "Of the top six campaign pledges he made while running for governor in 2005, Kaine was able to achieve just one and made a measure of progress on two others, largely because of poor relations with Republican legislators and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression." (Anita Kumar, "Kaine Enters U.S. Spotlight, Leaves Incomplete Tasks In Va." The Washington Post, 1/13/10)

The 2009 General Assembly Adjourned Without Action On Kaine's Proposals For State-Level Redistricting, Expanding Access To Early Voting, Closing The "Gun-Show Loophole", Determining "Green" Construction Requirements, And Doubling The Cigarette Tax To Pay For Medicaid Deficits. "In the 2009 General Assembly session, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine didn't get no-excuse early voting, a closed 'gun-show loophole' or 'green' construction requirements in local government buildings. Legislators did not back his call for a bipartisan panel to redraw the state's election districts, or to pay for Medicaid deficits by doubling the state tax on a pack of cigarettes. But lawmakers did give Kaine a significant victory - the chance to sign a bill that will ban smoking in virtually every restaurant in the state. Next to the mental-health reforms after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and his efforts to preserve open space, it is arguably the most significant public policy achievement of Kaine's four-year term, which also is notable for Virginia Democrats' political gains in state and federal elected offices." (Jim Nolan, "Kaine Claims One Significant Victory," Richmond Times-Dispatch , 3/2/09)

Despite The Absence Of Gubernatorial Accomplishments, Kaine Found Enough Time To Focus On Politicking

Then-President-Elect Obama Appointed Kaine To Serve As Chairman Of The Democratic National Committee In January 2009. "In a press conference at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) today, President-elect Barack Obama announced his selection of Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to succeed Governor Dean as Chairman of the DNC. Jennifer O'Malley Dillon will serve as Executive Director. 'Governor Kaine is uniquely qualified to expand the coalition for change we built over the past two years,' said President-elect Obama. 'In a state as diverse as Virginia, Tim has been a successful governor not by appealing to our divisions, but by appealing to our common hopes; not by pursuing policies that advance any ideology, but by pursuing policies that work for the people of Virginia.'" (Democratic National Committee, "President-Elect Obama Announces Virginia Governor Tim Kaine As DNC Chair," Press Release, 1/8/09)

Upon His Appointment, Kaine Initially Said He Would Handle Party Responsibilities On Personal Time, Evenings And Weekends. "Last fall, Kaine said he wasn't interested in the DNC job but he changed his mind when Obama pressed him to accept. Virginia Republicans have criticized Kaine for taking the political job while serving as governor. Kaine has said he will do the DNC job on personal time, evenings and weekends, and take almost no role through next month, while the state legislature is wrestling with a $3 billion budget crisis. At the DNC, he will be tasked with retiring the party's $15 million debt from November's election, reinforcing the message of the new Democratic administration, and preparing for the 2010 midterms and elections beyond." (Liz Sidoti, "Obama Names Virginia Gov. Kaine New DNC Chief," The Associated Press, 1/8/09)

However, Kaine Admitted That He Typically Spends A Day And A Half Of Each Workweek Handling Fundraising And Other Party Responsibilities. "Timothy M. Kaine said he has been spending a day and a half of each workweek handling fundraising and policy matters for the Democratic National Committee, a departure from his pledge to conduct most of his national party work by phone and fax and restrict it largely to evenings and weekends while he is governor of Virginia. In an interview in his office on Capitol Square, Kaine said he typically spends one day a week traveling as his party's national chairman and half a day working at the party's headquarters in Washington. But Kaine said he remains in constant contact with staff from the governor's office by cellphone and e-mail when he is gone. To help, he said, he began carrying a BlackBerry." (Anita Kumar, "Va. Governor Uses 1½ Days Of Workweek For DNC Job," The Washington Post, 7/9/09)


From 2001 To 2009, Kaine Reported Accepting Over $160,000 In Gifts. "Now a leading contender to be Hillary Clinton's running mate, Kaine reported more than $160,000 in gifts from 2001 to 2009, mostly for travel to and from political events and conferences, according to disclosures compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project. The givers included political supporters, a drug company that soon after bought a facility in Virginia, and Dominion, the state's biggest provider of electricity." (Isaac Arnsdorf, "Kaine Accepted Clothes, Vacation As Gifts," Politico, 6/30/16)

Kaine Received Washington Redskins Tickets And Cases Of Wine As Gifts As A Virginia Elected Official. "The VPAP site reveals that since 2001, Kaine received $186,899 in gifts and travel - Redskins tickets, cases of wine, etc." (Jim Geraghty, "Virginia's Long Tradition Of Expensive Gifts To Governors," National Review, 8/9/13)

Kaine Accepted An $18,000 Trip To The Island Of Mustique

"Kaine And His Family Vacationed On The Exclusive West Indies Island Of Mustique In A House" Belonging Too Investor James B. Murray Jr. "Shortly after winning the governorship in 2005, Kaine and his family vacationed on the exclusive West Indies island of Mustique in a house belonging to Charlottesville-area investor James B. Murray Jr. Murray made a fortune investing in cellphones together with Kaine's Senate predecessor, Mark Warner. Murray invited Kaine to spend a week at his house to relax after the campaign." (Isaac Arnsdorf, "Kaine Accepted Clothes, Vacation As Gifts," Politico, 6/30/16)

  • "Kaine's Staff Determined That $18,000 Was The Fair Market Value Of A Week's Stay" At Murray's Mustique Property. "For the purpose of the disclosure, Kaine's staff determined that $18,000 was the fair market value of a week's stay. Kaine paid all his own expenses besides lodging. 'It's just the kind of thing you do for a friend, but who's to draw the line?' Murray said. 'It's probably better to declare everything.'" (Isaac Arnsdorf, "Kaine Accepted Clothes, Vacation As Gifts," Politico, 6/30/16)

Kaine Accepted $5,500 Of Clothes From A Campaign Booster

"Kaine Also Accepted $5,500 Worth Of Clothes In 2003 And 2005 From Stuart C. Siegel, A Close Friend And Campaign Booster." "Kaine also accepted $5,500 worth of clothes in 2003 and 2005 from Stuart C. Siegel, a close friend and campaign booster who was then chairman of a Virginia-based discount menswear company. The disclosure also lists a baccarat crystal vase, valued at $0. Siegel didn't answer a request for comment through a foundation of which he's a board member." (Isaac Arnsdorf, "Kaine Accepted Clothes, Vacation As Gifts," Politico, 6/30/16)

Several Of Kaine's Gifts Included Travel To And From Events Including An NCAA Final Four Game, Dinners With Corporate Interests, And Political Confabs

The Dominion Power Company Paid Kaine $2,000 For Travel To Political Meetings And To Watch George Mason Play In The NCAA Final Four. "Richmond-based power company Dominion gave Kaine $2,000 for travel to meetings of the Democratic Governors Association and Southern Governors Association and to watch George Mason University play in the NCAA Final Four in 2006." (Isaac Arnsdorf, "Kaine Accepted Clothes, Vacation As Gifts," Politico, 6/30/16)

  • "Dominion Lobbies The State On Energy Policy." "Kaine rode on Dominion's jet because he missed the commercial flight he booked to attend a state legislator's funeral. A regulated utility, Dominion lobbies the state on energy policy." (Isaac Arnsdorf, "Kaine Accepted Clothes, Vacation As Gifts," Politico, 6/30/16)

"Teva Pharmaceuticals Gave Him $12,000 For Travel To The August 2006 Democratic Governors Association Meeting In Aspen." (Isaac Arnsdorf, "Kaine Accepted Clothes, Vacation As Gifts," Politico, 6/30/16)

  • "The Israeli Drug Company Lobbied The State Government And Later Bought A Facility In Forest, Virginia." (Isaac Arnsdorf, "Kaine Accepted Clothes, Vacation As Gifts," Politico, 6/30/16)

"BET Co-Founder Sheila C. Johnson Treated Him To $4,250 For Two Dinners, Travel To A Charity Benefit And A Trip To Denver." (Isaac Arnsdorf, "Kaine Accepted Clothes, Vacation As Gifts," Politico, 6/30/16)

"ADR Software CEO E. Scott Kasprowicz, A Conservationist And An Environmental Advocate, Paid $3,000 For Travel To Political And Charity Galas." (Isaac Arnsdorf, "Kaine Accepted Clothes, Vacation As Gifts," Politico, 6/30/16)

"President Barack Obama's 2008 Campaign Gave Kaine $45,000 For Airfare And Lodging." (Isaac Arnsdorf, "Kaine Accepted Clothes, Vacation As Gifts," Politico, 6/30/16)

Kaine's Leadership Committee And Democratic Party Of Virginia Each Paid Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars In Travel Expenses. "Kaine's own leadership committee, Moving Virginia Forward, footed $20,000 of travel expenses. The Democratic Party of Virginia paid almost $11,000." (Isaac Arnsdorf, "Kaine Accepted Clothes, Vacation As Gifts," Politico, 6/30/16)


Kaine "Is Setting Himself Up As A Figure Willing To Do Battle With The Progressive Wing Of The Party." "Kaine, by contrast, is setting himself up as a figure willing to do battle with the progressive wing of the party. He has championed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that both Sanders and Warren oppose, and he is now publicly siding with bank deregulation advocates at the height of Clinton's veepstakes." (Zach Carter, "Tim Kaine Calls To Deregulate Banks As He Campaigns To Be Clinton's VP," Huffington Post, 7/20/16)

Kaine Has Attacked Opponents Of Free Trade Agreements As Losers

Kaine Has Attacked Opponents Of Free Trade For Promoting A "Loser's Mentality." "Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine, parting with some fellow Democrats, said he's 'passionate' about strengthening global-trade ties and that those advocating protectionism have a 'loser's mentality.'" (Scott Lanman, "Virginia's Kaine Warns Democrats Protectionism Is A 'Loser,'" Bloomberg, 5/30/07)

  • In 2007, Kaine Attacked Opponents Of NAFTA And CAFTA, Saying "This Is Something I Feel Really Passionate About." "Without identifying him, Kaine cited the views of Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, who was quoted in the New York Times last year as saying of free-trade agreements: 'I was a critic of NAFTA, I was a critic of CAFTA and I'll be a critic of SHAFTA.' 'I always laugh when I hear that, but I really think that it's wrong,' Kaine said. 'This is something I feel really passionate about.'" (Scott Lanman, "Virginia's Kaine Warns Democrats Protectionism Is A 'Loser,'" Bloomberg, 5/30/07)

Sen. Kaine Voted For Trade Promotion Authority. (H.R. 2146, Roll Call Vote #219: Adopted 60-38: R 47-5, D 13-31, I 0-2, 6/24/15, Kaine Voted Yay)

  • The TPA Vote "Greatly Increas[ed] Obama's Chances Of Concluding Negotiations On The TPP." "Fast-track, or trade promotion authority, will allow the White House to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. The Senate will not be able to filibuster them, and lawmakers will not have the power to amend them. The expedited process, which lasts until 2018 and can be extended until 2021, greatly increases Obama's chances of concluding negotiations on the TPP, which is a top goal of the president's." (Alexander Bolton, "Senate Approves Fast-Track, Sending Trade Bill To White House," The Hill, 6/24/15)
  • Clinton Opposed Trade Promotion Authority. "Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in an interview on Thursday that she would have been a likely no vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) if she still served in the Senate. Asked whether she would have voted for TPA, she responded, 'At this point, probably not because it's a process vote and I don't want to say it's the same as TPP.' Clinton, who talked with Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston for his show, 'Ralston Reports,'also said, 'Right now, I'm focused on making sure we get Trade Adjustment Assistance, and I certainly would not vote for it unless I were absolutely confident we would get Trade Adjustment Assistance.'" (Jake Miller, "Clinton: Would Have Voted Against Fast-Track Authority For Obama," CBS News, 6/19/15)

Kaine Supported The Iraq War

In 2006 - Three Years After The War Began - Kaine Agreed With Removing Saddam Hussein From Power, And Said That "I Do Share The President's View That ... We're There And It's Time To Build A Democracy. That's Pretty Noble - It's Difficult, But It's Noble." "Kaine said the U.S. should have removed Saddam Hussein from power, though the governor said he had concerns about the 'run-up to the war and the fact that we didn't get as many allies on board as I think we could have.' But, he said, 'I do share the president's view that ... we're there and it's time to build a democracy. That's pretty noble - it's difficult, but it's noble.'" (Frank Green, "After Iraq, Afghan Trip, Kaine Says Morale Of Troops Is High," Richmond Times Dispatch, 3/18/06)

Kaine Supported The Clinton Crime Bill

In 1994, Then-Councilman Kaine Voiced Disappointment With The Initial Failure Of The House To Pass Clinton's 1994 Crime Bill, Saying He Was "Excited" About The Bill. "City Councilman Timothy Kaine, who participated this week in a local summit on vioent and drug-related crimes, said he was disappointed at the fate of the bill. 'I was very excited about the core of the bill which was the 100,000 police offices (nationwide),' he said. 'I understand the conservatives didn't like the various expenditures and money on social programs, and I think that's too bad. I think the social programs are needed.'" ("Rejection Of Crime Bill Disappointing, City Officials Say," Richmond Times Dispatch, 8/13/94)

Kaine: "I Am Pro-Life

Kaine Has "Long Supported A Ban On Partial Birth Abortions." KAINE: "I have long supported a ban on partial-birth abortions, but I have insisted that we follow the wording and the teaching of the U.S. Supreme Court so that it would be enforceable." ("Clash Of 2005 Gubernatorial Rivals Tim Kaine And Jerry Kilgore," Richmond Times Dispatch, 7/24/05)

  • Kaine: "I am pro-life. But I believe that there are tried-and-true ways to reduce abortion other than criminalizing women's health care decisions. I trust women to make their health care decisions. I don't think government needs to make health care decisions for women, but we can reduce abortion if we stop making this a political game and do the things that are tested and tried." ("Clash Of 2005 Gubernatorial Rivals Tim Kaine And Jerry Kilgore," Richmond Times Dispatch, 7/24/05)
  • Tim Kaine On Abortion In 2005: "I have a faith-based opposition to abortion. As governor, I will work in good faith to reduce abortions by: Enforcing the current Virginia restrictions on abortion and passing an enforceable ban on partial birth abortion that protects the life and health of the mother…" ( Tim Kaine For Governor, Accessed 6/30/16)

Kaine In 2005: "I'm Catholic. I'm Against Abortion And The Death Penalty. I've Always Said I'm Not Changing My Religion To Get Elected, But I'm Going To Take An Oath To Follow The Law, And I Will Follow The Law." (Fox News' "Fox Special Report With Brit Hume," 10/18/05)

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Kaine, In 2016: "Personally, I'm Opposed To Abortion." TODD: "You know, when you first ran as lieutenant governor, you were classified as a pro-life Democrat. You're now not considered a pro-life Democrat. How would you describe your abortion position?" KAINE: "You know the -- I would say people use labels all the time. But I'm kind of a, look, traditional Catholic. I don't like -- personally, I'm opposed to abortion, and personally, I'm opposed to the death penalty." (Sen. Tim Kaine, MSNBC's " Meet The Press," 6/26/16)

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In 2005, Kaine Ran An Ad Entitled "Conservative," Saying "I'm Conservative On … The Sanctity Of Life." TIM KAINE: "The Bible teaches we can accomplish great things when we work together. I'm Tim Kaine and I've devoted my life to bringing people together to get things done. … I'm against same-sex marriage. I'm conservative on personal responsibility, character, family and the sanctity of life. These are my values, and that's what I believe." ("Conservative," Kaine For Governor, 4/25/05)

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Kaine: "I Support Restrictions On Abortion, Parental Consent For Minors, A Ban On Partial Birth Abortion, No Public Funding Of Abortions. Those Are My Values, And That's What I Believe." TIM KAINE: "My Christian faith teaches life is sacred. I personally oppose abortion and the death penalty. But I take my oath of office as seriously as my marriage. I'll carry out a death sentence because that's the law. I support restrictions on abortion, parental consent for minors, a ban on partial birth abortion, no public funding of abortions. Those are my values, and that's what I believe." ("Weak," Kaine For Governor, 5/20/05)

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Kaine Disapproved Of Gay Marriage

When Kaine's Lt. Gov. Opponent Accused Of Him Of Supporting Gay Marriage, Kaine Replied "That He Has Never Countenanced Homosexual Marriage." "Katzen also contended that Kaine supports homosexual marriage and would rather make room for homosexual groups to use public-school facilities in Richmond than the Boy Scouts. Kaine replied that he was once a Boy Scout and his children are Scouts and that he has never countenanced homosexual marriage. 'I've only advocated that people not get kicked out of their apartments or lose their jobs because of who they are,' he said." (Peter Savodnik, "Kaine, Katzen Clash On Issues; Both Oppose Legalized Pot," Richmond Times Dispatch, 8/29/01)

Kaine Supports Fossil Fuels And Nuclear Energy

In 2013, Kaine And Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) Introduced Legislation To Lift The Moratorium On Offshore Drilling. "U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine introduced legislation Wednesday that would lift the federal ban on exploration and drilling for natural gas and oil off the coast of Virginia. The moratorium, which lasts through 2017, was put in place by President Barack Obama's administration following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Warner and Kaine want the moratorium lifted so that decades old maps of Virginia's offshore energy resources can be updated and leases for offshore gas and oil drilling as well as wind farms can go into effect in 2020." (Todd Allen Wilson, "Sens. Warner, Kaine Hope To End Offshore Drilling Ban,"Daily Press, 5/22/13)

Kaine Said The U.S. Would Not "Abandon Coal" As A Source Of Energy. "We are not going to eliminate coal, a native source that we have, as one of the sources that will power our country,' Kaine said in a radio interview. The portion [of the energy supply] that is coal is going to get smaller, and it is going to get cleaner, but we are not going to abandon coal from the portfolio." (Tim Craig, "Kaine Says Coal-Burning Power Plant Is Necessary," The Washington Post, 3/30/08)

Kaine Supported Nuclear Power As A Solution To Meeting Virginia's Energy Needs. "In Virginia last week, a panel on reducing climate change appointed by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) considered adding nuclear power to its menu of recommendations. The governor's energy plan also supports nuclear power as one solution to meeting the state's energy needs, which are expected to grow by the equivalent of a million homes in the next decade." (Lisa Rein and Christy Goodman, "Little Outcry On Nuclear Reactor Proposal," The Washington Post, 8/4/08)

Kaine Eliminated The Death Tax In Virginia

In 2007, Kaine Signed An Estate Tax Repeal. "Rich and poor alike will benefit from changes in Virginia's tax laws. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine symbolically signed into law yesterday a measure that will remove about 140,000 low-income people from the tax rolls by raising the filing threshold, beginning in the 2008 tax year. And, as of Sunday, the tax on larger estates in Virginia was repealed. The repeal legislation was passed by the General Assembly last year but did not take effect until July 1 this year." (Tyler Whitley, "Kaine Signs Measure For Low-Income Tax Break," Richmond Times Dispatch, 7/4/07)

Kaine Supports Right To Work

2006: Kaine Said He "Strongly Support[s]" The Right-To-Work Law. "House GOPers rejected Gov. Tim Kaine's (D) nominee for Commonwealth Sec., the 1st time a nominee has been rejected since the Cabinet system was created in the '70s. After the Senate unanimously approved ex-AFL-CIO Pres. Daniel LeBlanc, the House voted 55-42 'along party lines' to reject him. House GOPers feared LeBlanc's ties to unions and his opposition to VA's 59-year-old right-to-work law. Kaine 'said he has tried to be bipartisan, noting that' 2 ex-GOP Reps. 'serve in his Cabinet' and that 'he appointed' Marty Kilgore, wife of his GOV opponent ex-AG Jerry Kilgore (R), as VA Tobacco Settlement Foundation dir. (Bellantoni, Washington Times, 3/8). Kaine: 'The Secretary of the Commonwealth has no - I repeat, no - role in the enforcement of Virginia's right-to-work law, a law I strongly support.'" ("The Fly-By," The Hotline, 3/10/06)

Kaine Supports Loosening Financial Regulations

In July 2016, "Kaine Signed Two Letters On Monday Urging Federal Regulators To Go Easy On Banks" On Risk Management Rules And Consumer Protection Standards. "Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) is on Hillary Clinton's short list of potential vice presidential nominees. He's also actively pushing bank deregulation this week as he campaigns for the job. Kaine signed two letters on Monday urging federal regulators to go easy on banks ― one to help big banks dodge risk management rules, and another to help small banks avoid consumer protection standards." (Zach Carter, "Tim Kaine Calls To Deregulate Banks As He Campaigns To Be Clinton's VP," Huffington Post, 7/20/16)

  • "The Big Bank Letter Would Help Major Firms Including Capital One, PNC Bank And U.S. Bank, All Of Which Control Hundreds Of Billions Of Dollars In Assets." "The big bank letter would help major firms including Capital One, PNC Bank and U.S. Bank, all of which control hundreds of billions of dollars in assets. Such large 'regional banks,' Kaine writes, are being discriminated against based solely on the fact that they are so big." (Zach Carter, "Tim Kaine Calls To Deregulate Banks As He Campaigns To Be Clinton's VP," Huffington Post, 7/20/16)

Liberal Groups Were "Furious" Over Kaine's Letter Urging Regulatory Loosening For Banks. "A few days before Hillary Clinton is expected to unveil her running mate, a group of progressives are lashing out at Sen. Tim Kaine, widely seen as the frontrunner for the spot, over his support for loosening bank regulations. The liberal groups are furious that Kaine, along with several other Democratic senators, signed a letter urging regulators to rethink how banking rules cover regional banks." (Daniel Strauss and Zachary Warmbrodt, "Liberals Lash Out At Tim Kaine Over Banking Letter," Politico, 7/21/16)

  • Democracy For America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain: Kaine's Letter Is Part Of A "Lobbyist-Driven Effort" To Weaken Regulations And Should Be "Disqualifying." "'Let's be really clear: It should be disqualifying for any potential Democratic vice presidential candidate to be part of a lobbyist-driven effort to help banks dodge consumer protection standards and regulations designed to prevent banks from destroying our economy,' Democracy for America executive director Charles Chamberlain said in a statement Thursday. 'Our presidential ticket cannot beat the billionaire bigot by simply being not-Donald Trump. To win in November, our ticket needs to have an unquestionably strong record in thea fight against income inequality, one of the defining issues of the 2016 election.'" (Daniel Strauss and Zachary Warmbrodt, "Liberals Lash Out At Tim Kaine Over Banking Letter," Politico, 7/21/16)

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