July 25, 2016 – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton chose Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to run with her for the White House. As expected, once her choice was made Friday, a quest into Kaine’s previous comments on sensitive subject matter immediately ensued.
One recent statement by Kaine won’t please the woman at the top of the ticket.
In a June 26 interview with Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet The Press, Kaine detailed his positions on many subjects, including, but not limited to, the First and Second Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Attempting to make a case for more restrictive gun regulations, Kaine drew an analogy between the two amendments. He said while there is the freedom of speech, certain speech is not permitted. Kaine stated journalists have the right and freedom to write what they want but they cannot “libel or slander somebody with no consequence.” Kaine admitted the Second Amendment involves an individual’s right to own a firearm, but said he believes the rights to own a gun can and should be “well-regulated” as he interprets the Constitution.
But Kaine’s next statement seemed to betray the very candidate for president who selected him to run as her vice president.
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“I can’t take classified information I get as a senator and give it to somebody with no consequence,” he declared.
He supports enhanced mental health services, background checks on all gun purchases and limits on combat-style guns and high-capacity ammo magazines. Kaine spoke during Senate Democrats’ overnight filibuster on gun control legislation last month.
Kaine strongly supports his party’s position on immigration. His website noted he voted for the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate in 2013 before failing in the House.
He also backs President Obama’s 2012 executive order offering temporary protection from deportation to over 660,000 immigrants who came to the country as children. He called for comprehensive immigration reform last year on the Senate floor.
“People use labels all the time,” Kaine said on “Meet the Press” during a recent appearance. “I’m kind of a traditional Catholic. Personally, I’m opposed to abortion, and personally, I’m opposed to the death penalty.”
His critics point to a bill he signed into law as governor of Virginia allowing for the sale of customized “choose life” license plates, Politico reported.
He has voted against attempts to deny funding to Planned Parenthood and expressed support for the Supreme Court decision that nullified a Texas law limiting abortion clinics.
Like Clinton, Kaine is seen as being a little too cozy with Wall Street.
Another strike against him for devout Dems is his support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Kaine has put his weight behind granting the White House fast-track authority for the multinational trade deal.
Also, Kaine has defended NAFTA, a stance that could hurt him with labor unions who fear the trade deal costs Americans jobs.
By 2006, he was campaigning against a gay marriage ban in Virginia and by 2011 he’d come out in favor of gay adoption rights.