Current Position: United States Senator since 2012
Democratic Candidate: US Senator 2018
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Former positions: Tim was first elected to office in 1994, serving as a city councilmember and then Mayor of Richmond. He became Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2002 and was inaugurated as Virginia’s 70th Governor in 2006.
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Phone: (202) 224-4024
DC Address: 231 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Virginia Office Locations
121 Russell Road, Suite 2
Abingdon, VA 24210
Phone: (276) 525-4790
Fax: (276) 525-4792
308 Craghead Street, Suite 102A
Danville, VA 24541
Phone: (434) 792-0976
Fax: (434) 792-0978
9408 Grant Avenue, Suite 202
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone: (703) 361-3192
Fax: (703) 361-3198
919 East Main Street, Suite 970
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 771-2221
Fax: (804) 771-8313
611 S. Jefferson Street, Suite 5B
Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone: (540) 682-5693
Fax: (540) 682-5697
222 Central Park Avenue, Suite 120
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone: (757) 518-1674
Fax: (757) 518-1679
Source: Tim Kaine’s official website
Tim Kaine has helped people throughout his life as a missionary, civil rights lawyer, teacher and elected official. He is one of 30 people in American history to have served as a Mayor, Governor and United States Senator.
Early Commitment to Public Service
Tim grew up working in his father’s ironworking shop in Kansas City. His parents taught him the value of hard work and showed him how small businesses and technical skills strengthen this country every day. After graduating from the University of Missouri, Tim started his public service career by running a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras. He trained teenagers to become carpenters and welders, equipping them with skills to lift up themselves and their communities. As Tim says, his work in Honduras was “a North Star” that led to his commitment to advance job opportunities for everyone. His time there reinforced three core values that are still a central part of his life today: “Fè, familia, y trabajo” – “Faith, family, and work.”
Tim met Virginian Anne Holton at Harvard Law School and they married in 1984 in the same church in Richmond they attend to this day. They have three adult children. Anne, a former legal aid lawyer and juvenile court judge, served as Virginia Secretary of Education from 2014 until 2016. Before that, Anne ran Great Expectations, a program that offers tutoring, career coaching, and other services to help young adults aging out of foster care and attending Virginia community colleges transition to successful, independent adulthood. She now teaches education policy and government at George Mason University – Tim calls her the best public servant he knows. Anne’s father Linwood Holton, a former Republican Governor of Virginia, was critical to integrating Virginia’s public schools, putting the Commonwealth on the path to progress we see today.
After law school, Tim practiced law in Richmond for 17 years, specializing in the representation of people who had been denied housing due to their race, disability, or family status. In 1998, Tim helped win one of the largest civil rights jury verdicts ever in a case involving discrimination against minority neighborhoods by an insurance company. He also began teaching law part-time at the University of Richmond in 1987.
Tim was first elected to office in 1994, serving as a city council member and four years later, Mayor of Richmond. When he was first elected to City Council in Richmond, the city had one of the highest homicide rates in America, and he worked with law enforcement and the community to find solutions that brought down the rate of violent crime. He became Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2002 and was inaugurated as Virginia’s 70th Governor in 2006. While serving as Governor, Tim improved the education and health care systems, and by the end of his term, leading publications ranked Virginia the best state to raise a child and the best state for business. He visited a school in every county and city in the Commonwealth and helped Virginia make it through the worst recession since the Great Depression. He also responded to the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech by strengthening Virginia’s background check system and pushing his legislature to do more to make communities safer.
In the Senate
Tim was elected to the Senate in 2012 as a can-do optimist skilled in bringing people together across old lines of party, race, or region. Tim has spent his time in the Senate focused on improving the lives of Virginians. He has made boosting job opportunities for everyone a top priority. As co-chair of the bipartisan Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, Tim focuses on expanding access to job-training programs to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the modern economy. Tim has helped lead efforts in the Senate to reduce unemployment for military families and veterans. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, a Senator from one of the states most closely connected to the military, and the father of a Marine, Tim is focused on crafting smart defense strategy and reducing the risk of unnecessary war. He works to ensure that the military has the resources it needs to keep the country safe and that servicemembers and veterans receive the benefits and care they have earned. He has also been the leading voice against Presidents starting wars without a vote by Congress. Tim believes that health care is a right, not something reserved just for those who can afford it, and has consistently pushed for reforms to expand access to quality care. This includes legislation to give Americans more options for affordable health insurance and to combat the opioid abuse epidemic. Tim serves on Senate Committees where he is able to work on those priorities every day for Virginians: the Armed Services; Budget; Foreign Relations; and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees. He is Ranking Member of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism.
Source: Government website
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I will use all measures available to ensure our nation’s security and stability, while maintaining a commitment to our values of freedom, democracy and human rights.
In order to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world, we must maintain our military readiness, technological capability and flexibility. As Virginians, we are a proud home to every branch, including the largest naval station in the world, premier Army, Marine Corps and Air Force installations and a robust Coast Guard presence. I am committed to providing top quality resources to our servicemembers and their families. I understand the importance of strong and smart national security decisions, which is why I will carefully consider all options before making any decision to send our troops into harm’s way.
Additionally, I was proud to support more than two dozen historic reforms to address sexual assault in the military that were signed into law as part of the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). No servicemember should feel unsafe while serving to protect our nation, and I am committed to protecting and empowering the survivors of military sexual assault, increasing reporting and putting perpetrators behind bars.
I’m proud to represent the thousands of shipbuilders who manufacture the largest and most complicated items on the planet: nuclear air craft carriers and submarines. The Fiscal Year 2017 NDAA included a number of provisions that will benefit Virginia’s shipbuilding industry and defense community, including funding for procurement and sustainment of the statutory requirement to maintain the 11-carrier fleet. The bill also authorizes full funding for the Virginia-class and Ohio-class submarine programs, the LHA-8 amphibious assault ship and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.
I’ve also been outspoken on the need to make our military more inclusive and integrated. I strongly support the Department of Defense’s decision to open all combat jobs to women because it is time for this barrier to be eliminated. I’ve also requested that the Department of Defense change its policy banning practicing Sikhs from serving in the military. Under current policy, implemented in 1988, members of the Sikh faith are unable to serve in the military unless they abandon their articles of faith—namely maintaining unshorn hair, beards, and wearing a turban—or secure a special exemption. While I applaud the Department for providing long-term religious accommodations to some Sikhs, I do not believe that any American should have to choose between his or her religion and service to country and will continue to urge the Department to change its policy.
Also, we should do everything we can to keep our promise to our veterans and reward them for their hard work and sacrifice. Last year, I joined Senate colleagues to call on the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission to survey servicemembers about their compensation preferences. I am proud that the commission has decided to move forward with surveys because servicemembers deserve to have their voices heard as the Commission holistically considers compensation and benefits.
As a member of the Budget Committee, I am committed to working with my colleagues to return to a normal budget process and put an end to short-term gimmicks and governing by crisis.
I’m proud to have helped Congress pass two-year budgets in 2013 and 2015 that offset the worst effects of sequestration. Thanks to these compromise deals, we were able to restore much-needed certainty for working families and businesses in Virginia and across the nation. I came to the Senate a strong supporter of two-year budgeting due to my experience as Governor and it is good to see others in Congress finally embracing this helpful reform. Looking ahead, I believe that rigorous debate and compromise are essential to putting our nation on a sustainable fiscal path and protecting the investments that are critical to our future.
As a Governor who had to keep a budget balanced during the worst recession in a generation and the only Governor in modern times to leave office with a smaller general fund than the one I inherited, I believe my experience is of value on the Budget Committee as Congress wrestles with the fiscal challenges our nation continues to face. Through rigorous debate and compromise, we can put forward a balanced and comprehensive deficit reduction plan that puts our country on a sustainable path and protects the investments that are critical to our future.
As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I’m proud to work with colleagues and partners to strengthen our nation’s leadership abroad and ensure that our foreign policy furthers our national security interests and leads to a more secure and prosperous United States. I am committed to enhancing relationships with international partners and providing foreign assistance that directly benefits the American people though investments that boosts trade, combats terrorism, strengthens our allies, eradicates poverty and disease, and fosters economic growth and democracy to address the drivers of conflict and instability around the world. I am committed to the oversight of the U.S. government’s foreign policy departments and agencies and am committed to making sure our diplomats have the tools, resources, and security they need to carry out their work, often in challenging environments, in support of the American people and promotion of our nation’s core values.
Through my role on the committee, I have worked to ensure Congress fulfils its constitutional duty on matters of foreign policy and to improve how Congress and the President consult on matters of war and the initiation of U.S. military action. I have introduced bipartisan legislation to revise the War Powers Resolution of 1973 as well as to authorize the current U.S. military mission against ISIL. I also advocated for Congress to have a formal role in approving the Iran Nuclear Agreement and was proud to coauthor the terms under which the Iran deal was considered by the House and Senate in 2015.
I remain deeply concerned about the open-ended nature of the Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) in both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’m proud to support legislation that would repeal the Iraq AUMF approved by Congress in 2003 and hope Congress will move us closer to amending the open-ended 2001 AUMF passed more than 14 years ago in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
Since the beginning of U.S. airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq & Syria in August 2014, I have been demanding a debate and vote on a new authorization for the mission – one I believe goes well beyond the intent of the 2001AUMF. Instead, Congress has willingly abdicated its most solemn duty – to debate and declare war. Aside from our constitutional responsibilities, I believe that a debate in Congress by the people’s elected representatives and a vote to authorize the mission is how we tell our servicemembers that what they’re doing, what they’re risking their lives for, has purpose, has meaning, and has the support of the American people. It’s also how we show our allies – as well as enemies – that we are committed to this fight.
I am committed to serving as a strong advocate for our nation’s values, including in the Middle East, a region currently rife with conflict. With respect to the devastating humanitarian crisis in Syria, I have called for the establishment of safe zones to protect civilian lives and supply lines for food, water and medical supplies. In 2014, I led an effort in the Senate to pass the Syrian Humanitarian Resolution to call for the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2139 and ask the Obama administration to act with urgency and submit to Congress a comprehensive and robust strategy to address the Syrian humanitarian crisis. It is critical that humanitarian aid be allowed across Syria’s borders, and I will continue advocating for full, unrestricted access throughout Syria.
As Ranking Member of the State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development subcommittee, I’m focused on ensuring our development policy and foreign assistance programs are consistent with our diplomatic goals and national security objectives. In light of the tragic 2012 attack on our diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, I have been committed to ensuring the safety of Americans in the Foreign Service and oppose attempts to delay construction of the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) at Fort Pickett. After numerous analyses reaffirming the practicality of constructing such a center in Virginia, groundbreaking for the new facility has finally begun in Blackstone, and the brave men and women who serve in our embassies around the world will finally have a dedicated facility to receive the best possible security training before they embark on assignments in high threat countries across the globe.
As a member of the subcommittees on: Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism; Europe and Regional Security Cooperation; and the Western Hemisphere, I am focused on building security partnerships and economic opportunities that will create more growth and job creation both abroad and at home with my first priority always the safety and security of the American people.
As a new member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in the 115th Congress, I will have the opportunity to focus on two of my longtime passions: health care and education. In this critical time for health care in America, I am motivated now more than ever to fight against harmful policy proposals that seek to reverse the progress we’ve made in increasing access to care for millions of Americans. I will also use my new role to look for ways to further address the opioid abuse epidemic that affects every corner of the Commonwealth.
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Equality is one of the foundational principles of America — that “all men are created equal” — and Tim has spent his life trying to even the playing field for all people. Tim began his career as a civil rights lawyer, defending people who’d faced racial discrimination from banks, landlords, real estate firms, and local governments. During his time as Governor, he promoted equal protection by banning discrimination against state employees on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, veteran status or disability.
Tim knows that diversity and inclusion strengthen our communities. That’s why he has been outspoken in opposing President Trump’s agenda to ban Muslims from entering America, deport millions of people who only know America as home, and empower white nationalists who would take Virginia and America backwards. He knows that even though marriage equality is the law of the land, LGBTQ Americans still face many battles in the fight for equality: that’s why he’s fighting to pass workplace protections for LGBTQ citizens, so that no Virginian ever loses their job again because of their sexuality or sexual orientation. He’s been a proud champion of voting rights, sponsoring legislation to restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act and working to expand early voting and access to the ballot box for all Virginians.
For too long, we have undervalued and marginalized women in our society. Tim understands that women in America face a complex set of barriers to achieving true equality and has been a lifelong fighter for advancing women’s equality. As Lieutenant Governor and Governor, Tim made it a priority to update Virginia’s laws on sexual violence and improve the treatment of survivors, and he’s continued to actively support these measures in the Senate.
Tim supports women’s constitutional rights to make their own health care decisions. He opposes efforts to restrict access to contraceptives and defund Planned Parenthood. He was an original co-sponsor of the Protecting Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act, which would restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act.
He supports equal pay for equal work and co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure men and women are paid equally for the same work. Tim has also passed legislation to help prevent sexual assault and harassment in our schools, colleges, and the military, and he co-sponsored the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
Defense & Security
Too many of our communities are plagued by gun violence. Tim believes weapons of war have no place on our streets or in our schools, and he proudly boasts an F-rating from the NRA.
Tim is a gun owner and supports the Second Amendment, but he also believes we must take concrete steps to reduce gun violence. He supports universal background checks, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and improving our mental health system. This is personal for Tim, too. He was governor when the shooting at Virginia Tech took place — and after the shooting, Tim brought Democrats and Republicans together to strengthen the background check system and improve mental health.
Tim authored the Responsible Transfer of Firearms Act, which would hold people responsible for selling or transferring a firearm to someone who is barred by federal law from possessing firearms, and he co-sponsored legislation that would close a loophole which currently allows gun sales to proceed if a background check is not completed after 72 hours.
Supporting Veterans and Military
Virginia is home to every branch of the military and the largest naval station in the world. As the father of a Marine, Tim understands that military families, veterans, and service members in Virginia and across the globe face unique challenges. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Tim will continue fighting to ensure that we are maintaining our promise to them, that our military has the support and investments it needs to meet its mission, and that we are doing all we can to help veterans transition into civilian life.
The first bill Tim introduced in the Senate was the Troop Talent Act, which eases the transition of service members into the civilian workforce by helping them use the skills they developed in the military to obtain a workforce credential in order get a good job. There are more than 100,000 active duty and reserve members of the military in Virginia, and as co-chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, Tim has authored bipartisan legislation to tackle military spouse unemployment and access to affordable child care for military families.
Tim believes our country must fulfill its sacred promise to care for those who have served in uniform. That’s why he introduced legislation to improve veterans’ access to quality health care in a timely manner and opposes measures to privatize the VA.
Keeping America Safe and Strengthening Diplomacy
Our country is safer when we are strong on the world stage, which is why Tim has consistently spoken out against the Trump administration’s reckless foreign policy and the dangerous actions he’s taken to erode U.S. leadership around the world. He is a leading voice in demanding that presidents — no matter their party — cannot unilaterally wage war without congressional approval.
As a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees — and the father of a Marine — Tim knows how important it is to minimize the risk of unnecessary war and maximize the chance that our nation will decisively win any war we must fight. That’s why he’s been an outspoken critic of President Trump’s efforts to undercut diplomacy around the world, and advocated for the U.S. to stand by our diplomatic deals and honor our commitments to the global community.
Economy & Jobs
Tim grew up in a middle class family, working in his dad’s ironworking shop in Kansas City. He knows that our economy is strong when workers and families have access to good paying jobs, higher wages, and the skills to succeed and get ahead.
When Tim was Governor, Virginia was ranked the best state for business — and it’s because we invest in our people, value our diversity, and grow the talented and educated workforce that makes our economy thrive. Tim understands that, to bring more jobs to Virginia, we must have a skilled workforce. He cosponsored the Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act to give businesses incentives to hire individuals in apprenticeship programs in high-demand fields such as health care, technology or manufacturing. He also introduced the bipartisan JOBS Act to help expand employment in high-demand fields by allowing individuals to use Pell Grants for job training programs.
Tim also wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and he sponsored the Raise the Wage Act to do just that. He will keep fighting to ensure that 41 million workers, including nearly 786,000 Virginians, can see higher pay by raising the minimum wage.
A good education is the foundation for a successful future, which is why Tim is a champion for our public schools. Tim and his wife Anne sent their three kids to Richmond public schools, so they know firsthand the concerns parents have about their children’s education and the power that good teachers have to change kids’ lives. Tim will fight efforts to divert public school funding to private schools, and he supports raising teacher pay and providing teachers with the tools and resources they need in the classroom.
As Mayor, Tim built four new schools in Richmond, the city’s first new schools in a generation, and increased education spending by 30 percent. As Governor, he worked with the legislature to expand the number of children enrolled in Pre-K by nearly 40 percent, a commitment to expanding and improving education that helped lead to Education Week naming Virginia the state where a child was most likely to have a successful life.
In the Senate, Tim is on the key committee dealing with education issues — the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee — where he has worked to ensure that students have the skills to be successful after high school. Tim believes in the power of career and technical education (CTE) to strengthen links between the classroom and the workplace and to help students gain the skills that will lead to productive, successful lives after graduation, which is why he introduced legislation to help schools recruit and train high-quality CTE teachers. Tim also introduced the PRE-K Act to help more states expand early childhood education, and he supports legislation to help students earn college credits in high school in order to cut the cost of earning a college degree.
Higher Education and Job Training
Tim is fighting to ease the crushing burden of student debt and make higher education and job training available to all Virginians. Tim believes that, if we can pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut for those at the very top, we can find a way to make college debt-free for students who need it — and he recently worked to pass his legislation to help forgive student loans for public service workers, such as teachers, soldiers, and social workers. He also co-sponsored the Fairness for Struggling Students Act, which would make it easier for students to get relief from their private loan debt through bankruptcy.
Ensuring that we have a skilled workforce will not only benefit students but drive new businesses and employers to Virginia. A longtime leader in promoting career and technical education, he is fighting for parity in how we view workforce programs and traditional four-year college, including by expanding Pell Grants to cover short-term job training programs. Tim also created the bipartisan Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus to help more Americans acquire the education and skills to help them find employment and enjoy successful careers, and he supports legislation to foster partnerships between community college and businesses to place more students in good jobs.
Energy & Environment
Climate change imperils our planet’s future and threatens our economy. Tim believes that protecting our natural resources and environment are critical for our long-term health, safety and prosperity. That’s why he is fighting the Trump administration’s efforts to gut federal environmental protections, including for clean air and water, and speaking out against President Trump’s decision to abandon U.S. leadership by withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.
Tim opposes offshore drilling in Virginia. He is fighting the Trump administration’s attempt to ignore the voices of Virginians by rushing through the process to open the waters of our coastlines to drilling. Tim has also been critical of how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines and has called for FERC to rehear arguments and conduct another vote on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Tim will continue to fight the Trump administration’s decision to abandon the Clean Power Plan, a move that harms the transition toward clean and renewable energy. Virginia is uniquely threatened by sea level rise, which is why Tim has introduced legislation to make regions like Hampton Roads more resilient in the face of flooding and extreme weather events. He is also a longtime champion for restoring the Chesapeake Bay.
Tim is fighting to expand health care for all Virginians.
When President Trump and Republicans in Congress tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Tim fought back — standing up for the tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Virginians who would have had their health care taken away. Since the ACA was signed into law, more than 400,000 Virginians have gained access to health insurance, and Tim will continue to oppose efforts to roll it back. He will never support eliminating protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and he will continue to ensure that plans provide “essential health benefits,” such as coverage for pregnancy, maternity, newborn care, mental health, and substance use disorders.
Tim also has a plan called Medicare X, which would give all Virginians access to a plan similar to Medicare. This public option would give more Virginians a real choice when it comes to health insurance, at a lower cost. He opposes cuts to Medicare and believes Virginia should expand Medicaid so hundreds of thousands more Virginians can get access to care. Refusing to expand Medicaid would cost Virginia tens of thousands of jobs and tens of millions of dollars. It’s a no-brainer, yet the leading Republican candidates for Senate vocally oppose it.
Tim will also continue to defend the Children’s Health Insurance Program. As Governor, Tim increased the number of children enrolled in CHIP, and more than 68,000 Virginia kids rely on this program for their health care. Earlier this year, after Republicans let CHIP funding lapse, Tim worked hard to help secure a six-year extension of the program.
Tim has also led efforts in the Senate to combat drug addiction, including the opioid and heroin epidemic that threatens Virginia and the rest of the country. He believes new treatments, including medical marijuana, can help address this crisis, and he has fought to expand federal funding for states, like Virginia, to dedicate new resources for drug treatment and prevention.
Tim believes that America is made stronger by its diversity, and that the promise of the American Dream is threatened by an anti-immigrant agenda led by the Trump administration. Tim believes we need comprehensive immigration reform and strongly supported legislation that passed the Senate in 2013 to create a path to citizenship and fund border security. During that debate, Tim proudly delivered the first-ever Senate floor speech in Spanish.
Tim has been an outspoken opponent of President Trump’s attempts to ban immigration from Muslim countries, harshly restrict legal immigration, and threaten TPS recipients and Dreamers with deportation. Tim firmly believes immigrants enrich our society and bring skills and talents that help ensure we remain competitive in a global economy. That’s why he is a strong supporter of the Dream Act and has been working with his colleagues to find a solution to protect Dreamers and TPS recipients from deportation.
Seniors should not spend their later years worrying about their economic security or whether they will have access to good health care. Tim has consistently opposed measures to gut Social Security and remove Medicare funding.
On Medicare’s 49th anniversary, Tim spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of the program, calling it “one of the best programs that this nation has ever embraced.” He is also a sponsor of legislation to reduce the cost of prescription drugs for seniors by letting Medicare negotiate drug prices.
Tim supports increasing funding for Alzheimer’s research, introduced an Alzheimer’s caregivers bill, and opposes federal cuts to the Meals on Wheels program. He has also worked closely with Senator Mark Warner to provide funding for the building of additional senior facilities in Virginia.
Review by Tim Kaine 9|25|18 of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s new book Leadership in Turbulent Times
Her title echoing the truth of the maxim attributed to the Latin writer Publilius Syrus – “anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm” – Goodwin circles back through her understanding of the four presidents in “Leadership: In Turbulent Times,” trying to extract the basic lessons that enabled each to deal with major crises in their personal lives and in the life of their country. No one is better suited than Goodwin to make the effort, and yet her book makes plain how hard it is to capture the essence of leadership, at least when the question is approached head-on.
Transcript below of short interview with Tim Kaine at the Acres of Democrats event on August 26, 2018 at the Wyethville Community Center. Questions by Maria Liberi, Curator for the US Senate and Jane Curran, Curator for US House District 11. Above are snapshots from the interview that was streamed live.
Maria: “So, we have two questions for you, so 1. If re-elected in November what is your number 1 priority?”
Kaine: “You know something I tell you that I really believe in, is trying to make further advancements on health care. We’ve expanded the number of Americans and Virginians with health care. With Medicaid expansion, 400,000 more in Virginia but while we’ve done that, kids can stay on family policies until 26 and can’t be discriminated against for a pre-existing health condition, women can’t be charged different premiums than men, still we need other strategies to bring down costs, prescription drugs and coverage and get people better choices and options. I have a, you know what I call a Medicare Acts, which is exactly that, and I think it’ll help with health care issues, whether it’s; addiction, more research, but it’s making sure more people have affordable access to health care. That is my top priority”
Jane: “So as you know we go to Virginia Tech, so education is important to us, do you have any plans on improving education in Virginia, specifically in District 9?”
Kaine: “Well I would say, I’m on the health and education committee in the Senate. So, we’ve talked about health, on education, the area that I worked the most in was career and technical education. I want to make sure that beginning in middle school, all students have not just exposure to the academic subjects but to skills and training as well because I think people will make better choices in high school about what they want to do in their life, if they have some exposure to the real world of work, so I want to expand career and technical education. I want to work on the affordability of college know it’s interesting in this country, if you’re a student, say you graduated with debt, you can use the bankruptcy laws in this country to renegotiate debts on yacht, on a casino, on an office building- but they won’t let you do the same thing with student loans. I think student loans should also be subject to renegotiation to make terms better for students who are carrying debt. So, certainly expanding career and technical education but also college affordability on people being able to renegotiate debt.”
Below is an aircast of their interview. This was the Virginia Elections Hub’s first and very experimental aircast. We were unable to mic Tim Kaine so audio quality does not meet our current standards.
News & Events
By Dave Ress
July 3, 2018 Daily Press
Kaine says he’ll be taking a new role — a first for time — of making sure that down-ticket Democratic hopefuls for the House of Representatives have the financial resources they need to run effective campaigns. Democrats have high hopes of swinging some Virginia Congressional seats this November, including the Williamsburg-to-Virginia Beach and Eastern Shore district where he teamed up Monday with candidate Elaine Luria to announce an endorsement from Planned Parenthood.