Clinton’s VP: 5 things to know about Tim Kaine
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine introduced himself as Hillary Clinton’s Vice Presidential pick Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention. Kaine is currently serving as a junior senator from Virginia, and has previously served as the governor, lieutenant governor, and mayor of Richmond.
But outside of his home state of Virginia, not much is known about Kaine — until now.
Here are five important things to know about Clinton’s running mate —
1. He claims to be a devout Catholic, yet still maintains a pro-choice stance on abortion.
Although he claims to be personally against abortion, he told CNN “In government, we have enough to worry about. We don’t need to make people’s reproductive decisions for them.” And while it’s true that there are a plethora of tasks the government must tackle each day, does that mean issues that Kaine finds less important should be swept under the rug?
Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Diocese of Providence summed up Kaine’s abortion stance in relation with his faith perfectly by saying, “Senator Kaine has said, ‘my faith is central to everything I do.’ But apparently, and unfortunately, his faith isn’t central to his public, political life.”
2. He speaks fluent Spanish and is pro-illegal immigration
It’s a skill he says he picked up while spending a year in Honduras — and will be widely used by the Clinton campaign to court Hispanic voters. He once delivered a speech on the Senate floor entirely in Spanish, being the first senator to ever do so in any language other than English, according to Vox.
He is pro-immigration reform, according to The New York Times, and supported President Barack Obama’s actions to protect approximately five million undocumented immigrants from deportation.
3. Kaine backed the Iran Nuclear Deal
Not only did he back the deal with the Ayatollah, he was the first senator to declare his position, saying it is, “a dramatic improvement of the status quo.”
According to The Washington Post, Kaine argued that should Iran break the deal, “the United States would be positioned to take any necessary military action.”
4. He supported Obama over Hillary in the 2008 primary.
That’s a little embarrassing! Kaine endorsed Obama very early on in the presidential primary, and was in Obama’s top three when selecting a running mate, according to Vox.
He declared early in the 2016 election for Clinton — and was finally rewarded with the nod he wanted.
5. He strongly supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Kaine originally was a strong TPP supporter, but swapped his view — just one day after Clinton announced him as he VP pick.
According to CBS, Kaine had previously “voted for ‘fast tracking’ authority in the Senate, which would speed trade deals like the TPP through Congress.”
WHAT ELSE will be 'discovered' about Kaine that has not been made public as yet?