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Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is Clinton’s VP Candidate

by Karen Goff July 22, 2016 at 8:40 pm 29 Comments

When Hillary Clinton selected Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Thursday evening, it marked the first time since Woodrow Wilson that a Virginian is on the national ticket.

Virginia may be the mother of presidents — it’s had eight, more than any other state — just not in 100 years or so. And the last vice president from Virginia was John Tyler, who served for 30 days and then was vaulted to president upon the death of William Henry Harrison.

Kaine, 58, has represented Virginia in the U.S Senate since 2012. Prior to that he served as Virginia governor (2006-10) and Mayor of Richmond. He has a law degree from Harvard and spent a year as a Catholic missionary in Honduras (where he learned to speak fluent Spanish). He is also a former Democratic National Committee Chairman.

Kaine’s early legal career was spent in Richmond, representing clients in fair housing and racial discrimination cases. His attention to civil rights is one factor that makes him “a Reston kind of guy,” says Virginia Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston).

“Tim Kaine is a Reston kind of guy,” said Plum. “He made his mark early on in civil rights litigation. The kind of things our community stands for are the kind of things Tim Kaine stands for.”

Kaine and Clinton spoke together last week at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale.

Kaine has made many appearances in Reston in recent years. He sat next to Reston founder Bob Simon at Simon’s 100th birthday celebration in April of 2014. He praised Simon as a visionary in creating an integrated new town in a divided south.

“In 1964, when Reston opened, discrimination was rampant and legal,” Kaine said that day at Lake Anne Plaza. “It wasn’t until 1968 that the federal Fair Housing Act was passed. It wasn’t until 1971 that the Virginia General Assembly passed the South’s first fair housing law. Bob [Simon] was a real visionary.

“When we look at Virginia history since World War II, Bob should be one of the five or six individuals [we talk about]. Bob took a state that was facing backward and turned it facing forward.”

Kaine also spoke at Simon’s celebration of life last April.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va. 11th) called Clinton’s pick of Kaine “a wise choice.”

“The choice for Vice President should not be symbolic,” Connolly said in a statement. “It is about qualifications. It is a position of great responsibility. Secretary Clinton has made a wise choice in selecting my friend, our Senator, Tim Kaine as her running mate.

“Tim has served honorably as Mayor of Richmond, Lieutenant Governor, Governor and Senator for all Virginians,” Connolly said. “He’s a deliberate and thoughtful legislator, a serious and substantive policy wonk, and a bridge builder. If you are looking for moral authenticity in politics look no further than Tim Kaine. I think the world of him.”

Kaine has received some criticism from the more liberal wing of the Democratic party, who are concerned with Kaine’s positions on global trade deals and Wall Street regulation. He has been an advocate of free trade and has defended the North American Free Trade Agreement, which some citizens blame for the loss of manufacturing jobs to Mexico.

Kaine is married to Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton. While governor in 2008, Kaine backed a $22 million proposal in the Virginia General Assembly to make pre-kindergarten education more accessible to at-risk four-year-olds.

Kaine is Catholic, and has said while he is personally against abortion, he supports a woman’s right to choose. He has also said he is against the death penalty.

Kaine is one of 35 senators given an “F” rating by the NRA.

On the Senate Armed Services committee, Kaine has maintained that Congressional approval is necessary for the commitment of U.S. troops, particularly in response to the Civil War in Syria and strikes against ISIS.

“Tim Kaine is the genuine article,” said Plum. “He is right on the issues, sincere in his approach to leadership, and credible. He will be a sharp contrast to the other side of the ticket. I think that will strengthen the ticket.”

Said Virginia’s senior senator Mark Warner:

“I enthusiastically applaud Secretary Clinton’s choice. Without reservation, I can say there is no one of higher integrity and trustworthiness. … “He always finds reasons for hope and optimism in every situation, and he is centered by his faith and his family. Our country, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, will be very well-served by electing Tim Kaine as Vice President.”

Kaine and Clinton will make their first appearance together Saturday in Miami.

  • Guest

    Why it’s none other than “Mr. Excitement” himself!

    • Run DNC

      “Leaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes, really vicious. RIGGED”

      The worst is yet to come…

      • Richard

        You mean those emails the Russian government stole and then leak to support Donald Trump? Those emails?

        • susie

          Gee, how could the Russians “steal” poor lil Hillary’s emails? Could it be that she broke the law and used her own vulnerable server?

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  • Ming the Merciless

    “Tim Kaine is a Reston kind of guy,”

    This is true. Reston has a lot of boring white liberals, and now the Democratic ticket consists of two boring white liberals.

    • Chuck Morningwood

      …who have a better chance of winning the election than the two boring old white men that the other party is confirmed as their standard bearers. I wanted to include “conservative” as well but, frankly, considering the “stream of consciouness” nonsense coming from the Alpha of the pair, it’s hard to tell whether or not he’s conservative, or even a party member.

      • Ming the Merciless

        After the self-evident success of the past 8 years of liberal good government, how could the people fail to vote for more of that?

  • susie

    What – no postings about our Virginia governor being investigated by the FBI?

  • John Farrell

    Sorry, Ken.

    I can’t tell you how very disappointing it is to see this guy on the national ticket. He’s second coming of Joe Lieberman.

    As Governor, he signed the bill to defund stem cell research and the bill to repeal of the Virginia Estate tax.

    It’s ironic that on the day when the Virginia Supreme Court disenfranchised 206,000 Virginians, the former Governor who left office with 500+ petitions for restoration of voting rights unsigned on his desk.

    I cannot identify a single bill that Mr. Kaine signed while Governor that would appeal to the Sanders wing of the my party.

    Worst of all for me, was his whitewashing of the gross negligence of the VTech officials while Cho was massacring kids across that campus. While teachers and students were being systematically killed, the VTech administrators were debating the PR impact of an “active shooter” warning. Months prior to the shooting, a judge had ordered VTech to provide Cho counseling. Not only did that mental health service never happen, during the investigation, the counseling center could not find their file on Cho. Kaine never fired or discipline anyone for their multiple misdeeds.

    Am I voting for the other guy? Of course not. But unlike 2008 & 2012, there’ll be little joy in the exercise.

    • susie

      Why do you support the estate tax?

      • John Farrell

        Because, as Teddy Roosevelt said, it’s the best tool available to prevent an American aristocracy.

      • John Higgins

        Susie,
        Two reasons folks support the estate tax:
        1. They don’t expect to have to pay it.
        2. They think it is immoral to be successful, to not spend everything earned, and to share their financial success with loved ones.
        Go figure.

        • susie

          Yeah – i agree. Just wanted a liberal to actually justify the estate tax. Of course they can’t.

        • John Farrell

          It’s true, my friend, with a $5MM life time exemption and annual gift tax allowances of $10,000 per donor/recipient, only the extraordinarily rich have to be concerned about paying the estate tax.

          Thus, contrary to lies of Frank Lunt, the estate tax has never been a “death” tax since everybody dies but very few have an estate so large enough to worry about that tax.

          Another benefit of the estate tax is the formation of the Rockfeller Foundation, Carnegie Foundation and the funding of libraries in almost every town. It also led to the founding of many colleges, univerities, hospitals and other institutions that make all of our communities and lives better.

          Teddy Roosevelt believed that the income and wealth disparities of the 1890s and 1900 were a threat to establish an aristocracy and were thus a threat to democracy.

          We are seeing disparities in those metrics that equal or exceed those of the era of the Robber Barons.

          • susie

            5.1 MM is extraordinarily rich? How does a government grab of personal savings “prevent an American aristocracy”? So twisted..

          • John Higgins

            Indeed, one can identify benefits even in a broken leg. The larger question is confiscation of one’s assets for no reason other than one bring unwise enough to die. If the argument were taxation of untaxed accumulated wealth, fine. But we know that’s not how it works. The family farmer (woefully few remain) and the small business owner whose survivors must sell to pay the tax are abused unconscionably. Rather than leave these assets in the economy productively, they are transferred to an entity whose inability to spend wisely is legend.

            I respect that many people have the view that society is better off when wealth is shared. When some geniuses devise a method of addressing income inequity (not inequality) I’m all ears. That’s not likely to ever come from within the beltway. I’m surprised we don’t have a system that distributes patent and copyright rights to correct the awful consequences of intelligence inequality. And, no, the Electoral College was not designed with that in mind.

            PS Thank you for you civility.

          • John Farrell

            Actually, the person who accumulated the wealth is dead when the taxes become due.

            With good estate planning the nearly non-existent family farmer and small business owner can pass their businesses to their heirs during their life time and stay below the $5MM threshold.

          • susie

            What if you cannot plan your death?

          • susie

            Along your line of thought, how do we prevent career politicians getting rich off the taxpayers. Case in point – the Clintons. They are extraordinarily wealthy yet have worked in “public service” their whole lives. That is something we need to address. How do we prevent that from ever happening again?

          • Richard

            There is a vast difference between getting rich based on the value of your knowledge, connections & fame and getting rich from tapping public money for personal gain.

          • susie

            With the Clintons there is no difference.

  • Sen Kaine made an excellent speech! Best I have ever heard him make and Hillary thought so too. The only chance Trump has is for there to be a national or international emergency that makes Obama look real bad. Trump is playing on anger and fear and he needs a crisis to win.
    Almost impossible tor Trumpt to win Virginia when Cucclinia is opposed and the normal REb brass including Bolling etc are opposed to Trump and will stay home.
    Hope the Governor appoints Ken Plum to fill in Kaine’s seat in the senate if he and Hillary get elected. Would be appropriate for a long serving Restonian!!

  • susie

    Sadly, the “Republicans” rolled over and gave him almost everything he wanted – and what he didn’t get, he broke the law and used his pen.

  • susie

    Can you define “income inequality”?

  • 30yearsinreston

    another Clintonista wall shill

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