Clinton-Kaine 2016: Open Thread


    Tim Kaine and I have certainly had our differences on policy issues over the years, but I can say sincerely that he’s a great guy, a good and honest man, and strong on most of the issues progressives care about. I’ve also got to say that I’ve been very happy with his work and with his voting record in the U.S. Senate, including his support for clean energy and climate action. Finally, on a personal note, it’s pretty cool that the guy I worked hard to elect governor in 2005 with the whole “Raising Kaine” effort, then worked closely with his campaign in 2012 to help elect him to the U.S. Senate, is now one step away from becoming Vice President of the United States. Go Clinton/Kaine! 🙂

    • Bennett Statement on Sen. Kaine’s Selection as the Next Vice President

      McLean – LuAnn Bennett, Democratic congressional candidate in Virginia’s 10th district, released the following statement following Hillary Clinton’s selection of Senator Tim Kaine to be her Vice Presidential running mate.

      “Congratulations to my dear friend Sen. Tim Kaine on his selection to be our next Vice President. When I first met with Tim during his run for Lieutenant Governor almost 20 years ago, I knew he was the real deal. He is honest, refreshing, optimistic and inspiring, a bi-partisan leader who has delivered results for Virginia, and that’s just what our country needs right now.

      “Having served under Tim’s leadership as one of his appointees to the Virginia Climate Change Commission, I know that Secretary Clinton could not have picked a better person to be her running mate. I am proud to have served with him, and I look forward to campaigning with him and working with him in the future.”

      In 2007, Sen. Kaine appointed LuAnn to the Virginia Climate Change Commission, which included members of both parties and business leaders to make recommendations to the Virginia General Assembly on how to protect Virginia’s communities and military bases from the damaging effects of climate change and secure Virginia’s energy future.

    • Gov. McAuliffe statement:

      I am thrilled to congratulate my friend Senator Tim Kaine on his selection to join the Democratic ticket with Hillary Clinton. As a Mayor, Lieutenant Governor, Governor and United States Senator, Tim Kaine has demonstrated that he is the right choice to help lead our country forward as Vice President of the United State. His experience, intellect and dedication to making life better for people from all walks of life will make him an enormous asset to Secretary Clinton throughout the remainder of this campaign and as a leader in her administration over the next four years. This is a proud day for every Virginian.

    • Quizzical

      A very solid pick. Hillary passes the test of making her first Presidential decision.

    • Sen. Donald McEachin comment:

      , “I thrilled and excited to see my friend Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton’s choice. I have known Tim for many years, as a friend, as a fellow attorney and as an elected official. In all those capacities, Tim’s integrity and honesty were paramount.

      “Tim has a brilliant mind, a huge heart and the most compassionate soul. He will be an asset to Hillary Clinton both as a candidate and as a partner in the White House.

      “Virginia’s loss will be the country’s gain.”

    • Dem. Party of Virginia Chair Susan Swecker statement:

      “I am delighted that Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia’s Tim Kaine as her pick for Vice President – someone who is as qualified as he is kind. Tim Kaine is a true Virginian in every sense of the definition. He rose through the ranks from city council member, to mayor, to lieutenant governor, to governor, to U.S. Senator – and he has never forgotten his Virginia roots or abandoned his progressive values. He has the respect of people from all political parties and more importantly, all walks of life.

      “Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine will draw upon their experience to lead this country with sound judgment, statesmanship, and unwavering commitment to the hardworking families that define the fabric of America.

      “Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton know that we are stronger together. Americans need a partnership that will help our nation prosper by building upon the successes of the past 8 years and building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. There’s no path to the White House without Virginia and Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine will be an inspirational and unstoppable force in November.”

    • John Farrell

      The second coming of Joe Liberman.

      Can we expect the defunding of stem cell research at the Federal level and the repeal of the Federal Estate tax?

      Hopefully, Don Byer moves up to the Senate in January and Adam Ebbin follows to Congress.

      The Senate race will now lead the ticket in 2017. Will Gillespie shift to run for Senate?

    • Rep. Gerry Connolly statement:

      “The choice for Vice President should not be symbolic. 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. 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.”

    • Sen. Mark Warner statement:

      “I enthusiastically applaud Secretary Clinton’s choice. Without reservation, I can say there is no one of higher integrity and trustworthiness.

      “I first met Tim Kaine in law school 37 years ago, and our paths crossed years later in Virginia politics. Whether serving as mayor of Richmond, Virginia’s lieutenant governor, governor, and now as U.S. senator, Tim has always shown a commitment to serving others.

      “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.”

    • Former LG Bill Bolling (R): “Congrats to Tim Kaine on being asked to run for VP. I don’t always agree with Tim on issues, but respect him as a person and wish him well.”

    • Statement from Everytown for Gun Safety:

      “Senator Kaine is a gun sense champion of the first order, and his selection underscores that Hillary Clinton is putting gun safety first during this campaign. Throughout Senator Kaine’s political career, the NRA has worked tirelessly – but unsuccessfully – to oppose and defeat him because of his strong leadership on gun safety. With a Clinton-Kaine ticket, it’s clear that the political calculus has changed: Candidates are now running on a platform of gun safety and bucking the NRA, from the presidential ticket on down. Voters have a clear choice in November if they want to elect leaders who will fight gun violence: They are Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.”

    • Statement from Moms Demand Action:

      “Moms and survivors have long supported Tim Kaine and we welcome him on the presidential ticket with Hillary Clinton. From the earliest days of Moms Demand Action, Senator Kaine has supported our work to pass common-sense laws on both the state and federal levels. Tim Kaine doesn’t just talk the talk on gun safety; he walks the walk. No longer are elected leaders for the highest offices in our nation putting gun lobby politics ahead of saving American lives. The Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine ticket is the exact kind of gun safety ticket Americans need in the White House – and moms and survivors will work tirelessly to make sure they are the next President and Vice President in November. The year of gun safety is playing out right before us and we’ll be there every step of the way using our voices – and our votes – to change our country’s priorities when it comes to addressing gun violence.”

    • League of Conservation Voters Action Fund:

      ““Awesome choice, Hillary! We’re thrilled that Hillary has picked Senator Tim Kaine to be her running mate. As mayor, governor, and senator, he has a proven track record as an environmental leader who has worked to combat climate change, grow our clean energy economy and protect special places in Virginia and across the country. An environmental champion with an impressive 91% score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard, Senator Kaine is a fantastic addition to the presidential ticket. LCV Action Fund could not be more excited to help elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine the next president and vice president of the United States. Onward!”

    • Sen. Scott Surovell dusts off the Kaine-with-the-raised-eyebrow, Moving Virginia Forward sticker!

    • Video: Sue Langley, Frank Anderson, Alfonso Lopez, Gerry Connolly on Tim Kaine selection.

    • Hillary Clinton campaign puts out video intro of Tim Kaine:

    • Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC Applauds Hillary Clinton on
      Selection of Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)

      Kaine’s nomination for Democratic Vice Presidency highlights state’s political importance

      Richmond– Today, Democratic Presidential nominee, Secretary Hillary Clinton, selected Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) to serve as her running mate on 2016 Presidential ticket.

      Statement from Cianti Stewart-Reid, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC

      “We applaud Secretary Clinton for her selection of Senator Kaine as her running mate for the Presidency. We congratulate Senator Kaine on his selection. As we have seen in the last two Presidential elections, Virginia is a political battlefield, and the same will be true in 2016. Senator Kaine’s selection underscores the importance of Virginia voters and values in this election cycle. Senator Kaine is an experienced, hardworking, genuine public servant for the people of Virginia and we expect nothing less than that in the future.

      “Since Senator Kaine has been in the U.S. Senate he has a 100% rating on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund scorecard, voting against harmful restrictions on safe, legal abortion, and having recently championed a landmark Supreme Court decision protecting that right.

      “Hillary Clinton has the strongest record on reproductive health and rights of any candidate in history. This fall, we will work hard to ensure that Secretary Clinton becomes the next President of the United States because a Trump-Pence presidency is dangerous for Virginia women.”

      Virginia has a recent record of electing reproductive health champions in Virginia, including Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2013. McAuliffe won 59 percent of the votes of people who said abortion was the most important issue to them, who made up 20 percent of the electorate.

    • Virginia Young Dems statement:

      “Senator Kaine has dedicated his life to fighting for Democratic values like civil rights, public education and economic security,” said Jamie Nolan, President of VAYD. “He is a true public servant who has served the Commonwealth well for more than two decades. Virginians love Senator Kaine for his fierce advocacy, level-headed leadership and warm spirit. Secretary Clinton could not have made a better choice for her running mate. We can’t wait for America to fall in love with Senator Kaine too.”

      “Over the last eight years, President Obama has achieved a lot. More than 18 million Americans have access to quality healthcare, all Americans can marry the person they love, and the unemployment rate has been cut in half. If we’ve seen nothing else from the RNC, it’s that Trump is committed to rolling back this progress,” said James Lewis, VAYD Executive Vice President. “Virginia Young Democrats are united in stopping Trump. We will do whatever it takes to elect Secretary Clinton and Senator Kaine and keep our nation moving forward.”

    • Mark Herring on Tim Kaine:

      Tim Kaine is a man of unquestioned honor, integrity, intelligence and compassion and I can’t think of a better choice to serve our nation as VP. I met Tim more than 25 years ago as a law student at the University of Richmond where he taught my course on legal ethics. We reconnected as we both served our communities, first at the local level and then in state government. I was proud to work alongside him as a state senator during his term as Governor, and I have always valued his friendship and wise counsel. The country is about to meet a man that we in Virginia are proud to call one of our own.

    • Progressive Groups Praise Kaine Selection

      Moments after Hillary Clinton announced her choice of Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate, a chorus of progressive voices emerged to hail the presumptive Democratic nominee’s selection:

      NOW President Terry O’Neill:

      “From day one, Tim Kaine will be a vice president who will work to break down the barriers that hold women and marginalized communities back. Women will face difficult and far-reaching challenges during the next four years, and Tim Kaine is a proven leader who has rightly been called “courageous, principled, and value driven.

      “Sen. Kaine is a proud co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, led the fight to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act, and supports women’s access to safe, legal and medically appropriate abortion care. Sen. Kaine has also consistently championed universal pre-K, sensible gun regulation, and comprehensive immigration reform, and is an unwavering opponent of the death penalty.

      “The combination of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine stands in sharp contrast to the turn-back-the-clock, step up the war on women platform of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Women know this is the most important election in a generation, and we also know that we have a steadfast advocate in Tim Kaine.”

      EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock:

      “The strongest candidacy for women and families just got even stronger….Hillary Clinton has championed the most progressive, inclusive agenda in history, and Tim Kaine is an excellent choice to amplify this platform. Senator Kaine has been a strong supporter of economic opportunity for women – he has stood alongside our women in the Senate and fought for equal pay for women, raising incomes of American workers, and protecting access to health care through the Women’s Health Protection Act. Senator Kaine is an excellent choice to help move forward an agenda that benefits all Americans.

      “After what we saw this week, there is no question that the Donald Trump and Mike Pence ticket is the most dangerous and divisive we have ever seen. The Clinton-Kaine ticket brings hope, vision, and results that will make our country stronger together.”

      Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

      “Hillary has chosen a leader who has dedicated his life to fight for equity and justice in our country. Never before has a presidential campaign or party platform had a stronger commitment to reproductive health.

      “Senator Kaine is a thoughtful running mate with integrity, whose Senate record has proven he will stand strong against politically motivated efforts to restrict patient access to critical, often lifesaving health care. Senator Kaine has made it clear that he will protect women from government interference when it comes to their right to safe, legal abortion – a position supported by Planned Parenthood Action Fund – and boasts a 100% rating on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund scorecard.

      “Planned Parenthood Action Fund will be by Hillary’s side as she and Senator Kaine make history all the way to the White House.”

      AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

      “The AFL-CIO supports Hillary Clinton’s selection of Tim Kaine as her running mate. Tim Kaine is the son of an ironworker and a teacher, and is grounded in the values of working people.

      “He has a strong record on workers’ issues, ranging from raising the minimum wage to securing equal pay for equal work. He has always been a strong leader and will be an asset to the ticket. He is moral and honest and true to the values he espouses. Clinton – Kaine is a winner for America.”

      SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry:

      “For working families, the 2016 election is the most consequential of our lifetimes. The stakes couldn’t be higher — nor the contrast starker — on all of the issues our families need to get ahead. In choosing Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton has tapped as her running mate the right partner to move our country forward and build a better future for all families by rebalancing our economy and democracy to work for everyone, not just greedy corporations and wealthy special interests.

      “Tim Kaine is an experienced leader with a proven track record on issues from raising wages to immigration reform and racial justice. He has voted and fought for higher wages, and ensured home care workers had the ability to stand together in a union. His Senate record shows that working families have been his priority as he has worked to expand child care, protect voting rights, address mass incarceration, preserve the Affordable Care Act, and promote opportunities for women and immigrants. He was the first person ever to deliver a speech on the Senate floor entirely in Spanish, and it was to demand action on commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship.

      “Above all, we know what is in Tim Kaine’s heart. He is someone who is the son of an ironworker and a teacher, who served as a Catholic missionary, whose first case out of law school was representing at no cost a Black woman who had been the victim of housing discrimination. Tim Kaine’s convictions are rooted in justice for all.

      “Together, Clinton and Kaine will stand with working families who have come together in the broadest modern grassroots movement to raise wages and protect opportunities for people to join together in 21st-century unions; increase access to affordable care for our children and aging parents; and advance racial, immigrant and environmental justice for all communities across our country. SEIU members will continue to come out in record numbers across the country to elect Clinton and Kaine as the next president and vice president of the United States.”

      American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten:

      “The choice of Tim Kaine, the son of a welder who has lived middle-class values and has a long track record of progressive accomplishments, reiterates Hillary Clinton’s commitment to building a government that will level the playing field for working families. While the GOP ticket masks irrational ideas behind a morally bankrupt message of fear, bigotry and hatred, a Clinton-Kaine ticket will be focused on helping people see higher wages, lower student debt, good jobs, successful public schools, and safety and security here and abroad.

      “The contrasts between a Clinton-Kaine ticket and a Trump-Pence ticket couldn’t be more stark. Donald Trump, the narcissist, believes that he alone can fix our nation’s problems and peddles fear in a campaign devoid of facts, plans or humanity. Clinton and Kaine choose to confront fear and solve problems, and they will use their vast experience to help ensure the American dream is within reach for everyone.

      “Strong public education runs deep in the Kaine household. In the U.S. Senate, he took the lead on supporting career and technical education programs in the new federal education law, and he has fought for funding to modernize public school buildings. And as Virginia’s governor, he expanded pre-K programs by 40 percent. His wife, Anne Holton, has been dedicated to fighting for great public schools for decades—she helped integrate Richmond, Va., public schools as a child and today is Virginia’s secretary of education.

      “Our nation and the world can feel confident that the Clinton-Kaine ticket will be a great leadership team that will work to break down walls, disarm hate, and make educational and economic opportunity a reality.”

      NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue:

      “Secretary Clinton’s selection of Senator Kaine provides some much needed sanity to the out-of-control fire that was the Republican convention this week.

      “The hate-filled lies, dangerous rhetoric, and mob mentality of the last four days was shocking, and today’s pick reminds us that there are adults in the room who hold American values dear and are committed to governing towards a future of inclusion and unity.

      “While Senator Kaine has been open about his personal reservations about abortion, he’s maintained a 100% pro-choice voting record in the U.S. Senate. He voted against dangerous abortion bans, he has fought against efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, and he voted to strengthen clinic security by establishing a federal fund for it. In the wake of clinic closures around the country due to deceptive TRAP laws, Senator Kaine has co-sponsored the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that gives federal assurances that women will be able to access their constitutional right to abortion care regardless of what zip code they live in.

      “In this country, we know that the vast majority of voters – 7 in 10 – believe abortion should be legal. Some of those voters are like Senator Tim Kaine – personally opposed to abortion but also strongly believe that this is a personal issue and not one for politicians to meddle in. This is core part of what it means to be pro-choice – supporting everyone’s individual decision making.

      “When he was Governor, Tim Kaine took positions we disagreed with and actively campaigned against. We’re pleased that since then, his votes and public statements have been consistently in favor of trusting women to make our own decisions. And as with all of our allies, we weren’t afraid to voice disagreement with him then and we will not be afraid to disagree, if needed, with him as Vice President.

      “The adoption of a Republican Party platform that will rob women – half the population – of our fundamental rights and freedoms is a clear window into the frightening agenda that will make the Trump-Pence misogyny all too real for Americans.

      “Secretary Clinton’s record as a champion on abortion access, reproductive freedom and policies that support women and families could not be more stellar. She has laid out a clear agenda of expanding fundamental freedoms through repeal of the Hyde and Helms amendments and has strongly advocated for women through expanded family planning and access to contraception, providing paid family leave and assuring robust pregnancy nondiscrimination. We trust Secretary Clinton would not select Senator Kaine, and Senator Kaine would not accept the position, if he could not fully support Secretary Clinton’s robust agenda when it comes to preserving and expanding reproductive freedom and justice.”

      LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld:

      “Awesome choice, Hillary! We’re thrilled that Hillary has picked Senator Tim Kaine to be her running mate. As mayor, governor, and senator, he has a proven track record as an environmental leader who has worked to combat climate change, grow our clean energy economy and protect special places in Virginia and across the country. An environmental champion with an impressive 91% score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard, Senator Kaine is a fantastic addition to the presidential ticket. LCV Action Fund could not be more excited to help elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine the next president and vice president of the United States. Onward!”

      Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune:

      “Secretary Clinton’s selection of Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate completes the strongest environmental ticket we’ve ever seen. Together, Clinton and Kaine will build on President Obama’s legacy to safeguard our climate, air, water, and public lands, protect the most vulnerable from environmental injustice, and continue the rapid expansion of our clean energy economy.

      “The Democratic ticket is in sharp contrast to the Republican’s, which features not one but two climate deniers, a first in American history. The Trump-Pence regime would be the only world leaders to hold that position. Simply put, a Trump-Pence Presidency wouldn’t be the only “TPP” that would destroy our climate.

      “A leader on climate and our environment, Senator Kaine fought against the now rejected Keystone XL pipeline and continues to work to expand America’s clean energy.

      “The Sierra Club applauds Secretary Clinton’s selection of Senator Kaine as her running mate, and we will work tirelessly to elect them.”

      Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:

      “From an immigration policy perspective, Senator Tim Kaine has a stellar voting record. But his commitment to immigrant communities goes much deeper. In April, Kaine was one of the first Senators to sit down with undocumented families eligible for executive action to learn about the issues firsthand at a “DAPA Dinner.” We commend Hillary Clinton for choosing a running mate who is a true champion for immigrants and an inclusive vision for America at a time when both are under threat.”

      Pili Tobar, Advocacy and Communications Director for Latino Victory Fund:

      “Senator Tim Kaine has a long history of fighting for justice, opportunity and equality. During his time in the Senate, he has worked to advance economic policies that would put more money in the pockets of hardworking Latino and American families. He has been a staunch advocate for a woman’s right to make her own health decisions, for legislation to combat climate change, and for immigration reform that will keep our families together and allow people to come out of the shadows and continue contributing to the country they love. Senator Kaine is no stranger to the Latino community – he spent time in Honduras running a technical Jesuit school, and throughout his career, as one of the few Spanish speakers in the Senate, he has consistently put emphasis on communicating with our community, hearing and addressing their concerns.

      “We are proud to stand with the Clinton-Kaine ticket because they represent the values and policies that Latinos care about. Only Clinton-Kaine can move this country forward and ensure a prosperous future for our families, in which Latinos are treated with dignity and respect.”

      “On behalf of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the 4.1 million Hispanic owned businesses we represent, we applaud Secretary Clinton’s decision to name United States Senator Tim Kaine as her Vice Presidential choice. Our organization has followed the public service career of Senator Kaine from his days as Mayor of Richmond, Virginia, to his days as Lieutenant Governor and Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. There is no doubt in our mind Senator Kaine has the experience needed in a Vice President.

      “Getting elected to the Commonwealth of Virginia requires a strong record with the business community. On this measure, Senator Kaine has passed with flying colors. In him we see a partner the business community can work with as he rolls up his sleeves to work with our next President of the United States.

      “We call on our friends in the business community to listen carefully as Secretary Clinton and Senator Kaine make their case for the most important office in the land. We look forward to a spirited campaign worthy of this great nation. We wish the best of luck to the thousands of campaign staffers crisscrossing our beautiful country over the course of the next four months.”

      • True Blue

        Great list of supporters.

        Cecile Richards, David Corn, Ari Melber, Joan Walsh, and VA’s own Jeff Shapiro responded to many of the progressive wing’s concerns last night on Hayes and Maddow shows. The more people learn of Kaine’s stances and voting record, the more they’ll understand this pick.

        Clinton/Kaine campaign needs to meet with progressives like Ben Jealous, former leader of NAACP, Nina Turner, and others to “give us something to fight for” to solidify the Sanders vote. I’m positive that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will do everything they can to assist in making 2016 successful for the presidency and senate. They know the stakes, are desperately needed in the US Senate, will benefit from key chairmanships, and most of all. . .

        will put the GOP’s vindictive, bigoted, narcissistic, conspiracy theorist, sexist, authoritarian liar out of business!

    • Video: Rachel Maddow, Jeff Schapiro discuss Tim Kaine pick

    • Rep. Don Beyer on Tim Kaine:

      I could not be more thrilled that Hillary has tapped our own Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate. Tim is one of the most widely admired people in Virginia, that rare sort of politician who commands respect and admiration, even from his opponents.

      He is wise, patient and fair, and he boasts an extraordinary set of credentials for this position.

      In addition, given that the road to the White House runs through Virginia, picking Tim as her running mate is a very strategic decision by Secretary Clinton.

      I was already looking forward to voting for Hillary; now, I will be all the more enthusiastic on Election Day and as our country moves forward with these gifted individuals for leaders.

    • Joel Scott Rutstein

      I haven’t been here for years! I hope I’m still welcome. I underestimated the initial national reaction to Kaine, and his debut speech moved me to tears. I expect to be more critical soon enough, but, especially in the wake of Cleveland’s hatefest, I am thoroughly enjoying myself and am surprisingly proud to be a Blue Virginian. All I need now is the return of Not Larry Sabato and the eyebrow gif.