Who is Tim Kaine?

Crooked Hillary Clinton announced her VP choice on Friday, a useful strategy to get no news attention. She will have the official presentation to the world on Saturday. So far, she has used her right to remain silent in her interactions with the press. Given her dubious health status, the chance of her VP having to take over is high enough that he might be President some day.

Tim Kaine is fairly similar to Mike Pence in his background and politics. Tim Kaine is 58 years old and currently the junior US Senator from Virginia, serving since 2013. He was the head of the Democratic National Committee in between being Governor and Senator.

He was Governor of Virginia from 2006-2010, and before that Mayor of Richmond – the former capital of the Confederacy. He is a Harvard trained lawyer who was born in the people’s Republic of Minnesota and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents are Scottish and Irish and he is a Roman Catholic. He has one wife and only three children.

His most noteworthy accomplishment as mayor (an appointed position) was to redirect gun crimes to Federal Courts where defendants faced mandatory 5 year sentences under Public Law 105-386 signed into law by Bill Clinton in November 1998. It expanded mandatory sentences to include possession of a gun during a drug crime as a federal crime. Mandatory sentences were originally added under Ronald Reagan in 1984, passed by a Democratically controlled Congress.

As Governor of Virginia, he didn’t do much since Republicans controlled the legislature. He was able to ban smoking in Virginia government buildings by executive order.

Kaine backed Obama in 2008 over Hillary Clinton, and Obama backed him as governor. If he is Obama’s guy, once he is in place, a sudden indictment of Hillary could be quite useful. The FBI recommended no prosecution, but in the end it isn’t their decision.

As Senator since 2013, he has served on Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees. As a member of the minority party in the Senate, he has had very little influence in his 3 years in the Senate.

Kaine picked up his fluency in Spanish during a year he spent in Honduras in 1980 working with Jesuit missionaries. I doubt with one year of immersion 35 years ago that he is fluent, as much as has the ability to read Spanish.

After taking off a year in Honduras, he returned to Harvard and was pursued by his wife who wanted to use her Harvard law degree to help poor people as a Legal Aid lawyer. She is the daughter of a former Virginia governor Linwood Holton who served as Virginia Governor. from 1970-1974. Linwood Holton is in his 90s, living in Southern Virginia. Linwood Holton is a Republican and worked in the Nixon administration.

Kaine, as a good Catholic, is personally opposed to abortion, but pro-choice, trying to split the difference. He is less pro-choice than his peers. He supports informed consent, parental notification and a ban on post viability abortions. Since Donald Trump is pro choice, abortion isn’t likely to dominate the issues in this election.

Political Views in general – he gave the answers you would expect as a moderate democrat. The answers that might be interesting are his opposition to free trade and his agreement that marijuana is a “gateway drug”.

He is not going to attract Bernie Sanders supporters, but in the end – what difference do they make ???

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11 Responses to Who is Tim Kaine?

  1. Parrott says:

    part 1
    Fred is accurate, but I can fill in the voids. You forgot that ‘kaine’ tows the Demoncrat party line, votes exactly as the Hairy reid tells him to vote in the senate. He was lucky to get his seat, Jim webb up and quit and ‘crazy-kaine’ rolled in. He’s not very popular in rural Virginia, that is the rest of Virginia South and west of Culpeper.
    He is anti-second amendment. He never saw a tax increase he didn’t like. He submitted tax increases every year as Governor. He increased Title fees on automobiles, increased the fuel tax, and increased any fee he could for the state.
    Ran VDOT into the ground. They don’t trim trees along the Interstate highways and farmed out grass mowing to sub-contractors. Luckily the county I live in uses convicts to clean up trash along I 81 and 77.
    He doesn’t like coal, but he does like the bird slaying windmills that have to be subsidized by the Gov. to be halfway profitable, but very un-reliable at generating electricity.
    He is pro abortion, like Fred sort of said. He will have to answer for that, by claiming he is a ‘Good Catholic’ . I wouldn’t want to have to explain that to the God of the ‘most high’. Good luck with that.

  2. briand75 says:

    Tim Kaine. The apple never falls far from the tree and the tree is reckless Hillary and the Obama mob. I would like to laugh and tell you he doesn’t have a chance with Hill, but the voter turnout for the dead this year is estimated to be epic.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      So how is the afterglow in Cleveland? From afar, it looks like Clevland came out smelling like a rose.

      Today’s news is the Wikileaks DNC emails has set off a civil war. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been “quarantined” to keep her away from running the Convention. There may be 50,000 demonstrators in Philadelphia.

      • Parrott says:

        LOL ‘Wikileaks’ , Dipsticks, They left their password as ‘password’ ! of course it was hacked.
        I bet ‘obo’ did that too, until someone in the NSA told him to change his password, ( of couse after they read his stuff). He probably changed it to ‘bithcertificate or sotero’ .
        Speaking of a third term, here is more of what to expect if witch-Hilda_Beast gets and continues their trip:
        Published July 23, 2016 Washington Free Beacon, Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State (aka Isis).
        Ole Herman is on the ball ! embarass the U.S. why don’t you , Kerry!
        The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers.
        idiots
        parrott

  3. Fred Stiening says:

    “virgin Kaine is my name, and I came on the Danville train…”

  4. Parrott says:

    >”“virgin Kaine is my name, and I came on the Danville train…” <"

    LOL !! this is Hilarious !! LOL I remember listening to that song, but wasn't it ' Virgil'?

    LOL This is a instant Classic !
    That was good
    parrott !!

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Darn autocorrect has a mind of its own…(Virgil)

      There goes the Robert E Lee *puff* *puff*

      “The night they drove old Dixie down” would be a great campaign song. It’s interesting to see how uninformed people are about Charlotte when they vent on the transgender bathroom issue…

  5. Parrott says:

    LOL
    “I don’t care if the money is no good ”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_ksYL26lZE

    enjoy the Joan baez version, moves a little faster,

    Parrott

  6. Parrott says:

    Day 3 -DNC LOL , Dip$hits ! Joe Biden calling VP nominee ‘ Jim Kaine’ LMAO !
    Biden can’t even get his first name right. What a do-dah, I can’t believe that people voted for these clowns .
    Biden hits it out of the park, ‘Jim’ LOL , ‘Tim ‘Virgil’ Kaine is his name and he fell off the Danville train’ . Classic Fred ! My parents liked that too !

    parrott

  7. If Tim Kaine had his way, convicted murderer Jens Soering would be swilling back biers in his native Munich by now. Google their names together if you want to know more.

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