Tim Kaine on Principles & Values

Democratic Senate Challenger; previously Governor


Smash-mouth partisanship is yesterday's politics

KAINE: Many in the room who have been in Virginia politics for a while remember Gov. Allen's famous quote when he was governor: "My job is to knock Democrats' soft teeth down their whining throats." George, as a governor, called General Assembly members "dinosaurs, monarchical elitists." He calls federal employees sanctimonious social engineers. That is yesterday's politics. We're not going to solve our problems if we continue down that path of smash mouth, consider the other side rather than the opponent. We got to compete against the world to win.

Q: [To Allen]: Was your smashing teeth remark not literal?

ALLEN: It is an example of where sports analogies are not appropriate, and that was a mistake on my part for it. [My campaigns] are not running down the others, there's contrasts. That is what we have in competitive representative democracy, contrasting or competing ideas.

Source: CNN State of the Union on 2012 Virginia Senate debate , Jul 22, 2012

Served as a missionary in Honduras

ALLEN: Tim was the hand-picked chairman of the Democratic National Committee by President Obama, and he's, in effect, the hand-picked senator and recruited to run for the Senate.

KAINE: I am highly offended at that. He cannot help himself.

ALLEN: I didn't interrupt you.

KAINE: I have had a career of serving people. I was a missionary in Honduras. I was a civil rights lawyer for 17 years. I was a city councilman, mayor, lieutenant governor, governor. His suggestion that I'm running for office just because somebody else asked me to, I've not lived my life that way. I live my entire life to serve other people. And so his notion, oh, you're just handpicked to run the Senate race, come on. I had to give up a job and a salary and health care benefits to run for the U.S. Senate. And I'm doing it because the nation needs people who know how to find common ground moving forward.

Source: CNN State of the Union on 2012 Virginia Senate debate , Jul 22, 2012

Better way is to focus on service, common sense, & results

As Americans, we do great things when we work together. Some of our leaders in Washington seem to have forgotten that. I want to offer some good news tonight: There is a better way.

In Virginia -- and other states -- we’re moving ahead by focusing on service, competent management and results. It’s all about bringing people together to find common-sense solutions to our common problems. That’s how we in Virginia earned the ranking of America’s “Best Managed State.”

You know, no matter what political philosophy you hold or what state you call home, you have a right to expect that your government can deliver results. When there’s a crime or a fire, you expect that police and firefighters have the tools to respond. When there’s a natural disaster, you expect a well-managed response. When you send your children to school, you expect them to be prepared for success. And, you have a right to expect government to be fiscally responsible, pay the bills and live within its means.

Source: Democratic Response to 2006 State of the Union address , Jan 31, 2006

Ser justo e incluyente de todas las comunidades

Our Virginia might not exist today were it not for the generosity extended to those first settlers by the native Virginia tribes living in this region. That same sense of community is required of us today. We must include all Virginians in our efforts. We should continue to welcome newcomers to this Commonwealth and nation, just as Chief Powhatan did 400 years ago.

Hemos venido hoy d¡a, a este lugar para recordar la promesa de nuestros antepasados. Como gobernador, ser‚ justo e incluyente de todas las comunidades, con la certeza que juntos lograremos construir un mejor futuro para Virginia. [We have come here today to remember the promise made by our forefathers. As Governor, I will be fair and inclusive of all communities with the certainty that together we can achieve a better future in Virginia.]

And, we should use this historic time to help those who first helped us by working with the federal government to see that Virginia's native Indian tribes are finally recognized.

Source: 2006 Inaugural address to Virginia Assembly , Jan 14, 2006

Parents taught him the importance of family and faith

I was raised in a family where life revolved around church, school, friends, sports, and hard work. My brothers and I all grew up working in Dad’s small ironworking business.

My parents taught me lasting life lessons the importance of family and faith, the value of hard work, that actions matter more than words, and that people should be treated fairly and honestly. I was taught to be tight with a dollar, and to watch the bottom line.

Source: 2005 Gubernatorial campaign website kaine2005.org, “Issues” , Nov 8, 2005

Other governors on Principles & Values: Tim Kaine on other issues:
VA Gubernatorial:
Bob McDonnell
Ken Cuccinelli
Robert Sarvis
Terry McAuliffe
VA Senatorial:
Ed Gillespie
James Webb
Mark Warner
Robert Sarvis

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MO: Hanaway(R) vs.Brunner(R) vs.Kinder(R) vs.Greitens(R)
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Lame ducks 2015-16:
DE-D: Jack Markell
(term-limited 2016)
KY-D: Steve Beshear
(term-limited 2015)
LA-R: Bobby Jindal
(term-limited 2015)
MO-D: Jay Nixon
(term-limited 2016)
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
(retiring 2016)
WV-D: Earl Ray Tomblin
(term-limited 2016)
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