From Sen. Tim Kaine’s campaign:
In the second television ad of his 2018 Senate campaign, entitled “Research,” Senator Tim Kaine brings attention to the health care and economic benefits of investing in medical research. Filmed primarily in Roanoke, the ad centers on Kaine’s successful bipartisan efforts as Governor to help create the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute there, as well as his Senate work to increase federal investment in research. “I want to keep Virginia a leader in research, technology, and the good jobs they bring,” Kaine says in the ad, later mentioning that the United States is lagging behind China in investing in research – something he wants to change with his ongoing work in the Senate to fund new federal investments. “Medical research creates jobs, builds local economies, and makes health care better for all Virginians,” Kaine adds at the ad’s conclusion. In October 2017, a Roanoke Times headline on the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute read, “Expansion of research institute expected to spark growth in Roanoke.”
The ads, which will begin airing Tuesday as part of a six-figure buy this week, put health care — and health care jobs — front and center in his campaign, a stark contrast with Corey Stewart who would repeal the Affordable Care Act and opposed Medicaid expansion. This week, Kaine will barnstorm Virginia with events in Newport News, Norfolk, Fairfax County, and Lee County to emphasize the importance of expanding and investing in health care.
In the Senate, Kaine has supported federal investment in medical research. He led efforts to pass the bipartisan Gabriella Miller Kids First Act, which authorized pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has dedicated more than $50 million to pediatric research since 2015. Kaine has also voted to increase research investment at the federal level through government appropriations bills. As Governor, Kaine worked with Republicans, Democrats, and the private sector to create and expand medical research centers such as the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute and Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Transcript of ‘Research’ – WATCH
I want to keep Virginia a leader in research, technology, and the good jobs they bring.
As mayor of Richmond, I worked to help create the Virginia BioTech Research Park.