In case you’re having a difficulty feeling energized by Tim Kaine, here are a few things you should know prior to watching him take on Mike Pence in the Vice Presidential Debate. While Kaine doesn’t rank high among lefty liberals, there are still issues for which he aligns. Additionally, he appeals to those who fall a bit closer to the center.
Check out where he stands on these issues – in his own words.
He is for equal rights and equal pay.
“I signed an executive order that banned discrimination against state employees based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, veteran status or disability. I also convened the Virginia Sexual Violence Commission and adopted many of their recommendations, which improved prevention and response to sexual violence in the Commonwealth. I have been a strong supporter of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which guarantees equal pay for equal work.” – 2012 Senate campaign website, Oct 9, 2012
He is pro-choice.
While Kaine is Catholic and has personal views regarding abortion – he does not wish to legislate those beliefs.
“I strongly support the right of women to make their own health and reproductive decisions and, for that reason, will oppose efforts to weaken or subvert the basic holding of Roe v. Wade. We all share the goal of reducing unwanted pregnancies and abortions. The right way to do this is through education and access to health care and contraception rather than criminalizing women’s reproductive decisions.” – 2012 Senate campaign website, Oct 9, 2012
He is opposed to the overuse of incarceration in America.
“I also pledge to continue Senator Jim Webb’s effort to focus attention on the overuse of incarceration in this nation, especially as applied to African-American males.” – 2012 Senate campaign website, Oct 9, 2012
He fought to end the Bush tax cuts.
“We need to reduce the number of loopholes and giveaways. There is no reason why we should be giving tax subsidies to major oil companies–particularly when they are making record profits. And, the Bush tax cuts, made temporary specifically because of worries about the deficit, should be allowed to expire as planned for those making $500,000 a year or more.” – 2012 Senate campaign website, April 25, 2012
He supports common sense gun regulations.
“I have long been a supporter of what I think are reasonable regulations, the kind of contemplated, frankly, by the Second Amendment, and I think those and others would be reasonable,” Kaine said. “In Virginia, we worked in the aftermath of Virginia Tech to do some important things on the databases of folks who have been adjudicated mentally ill and dangerous so that they couldn’t purchase guns.” – Huffington Post, January 21, 2011
While Kaine may not be the left-wing candidate many hoped for on this ticket, he certainly beats the pants off Mike Pence.
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