November 6, 2012 |
Early in their race for U.S. Senate seat, George Allen's campaign made a strategically important decision: to incessantly attack Timothy M. Kaine as a shill for President Obama and his liberal policies. The move was either a savvy way for Allen to undermine the core message of Kaine's candidacy, or a waste of money that fundamentally misread Virginia's political direction. Repeatedly in their grueling 19-month contest, Allen (R) and Kaine (D) made starkly different calculations about the best way to win the seat of...
October 21, 2012
Although I'm not a Democrat or even Catholic, I enjoyed the article on Virginia Senate candidate Tim Kaine and his inner struggles sorting out the conflict between his Catholicism and his commitment as governor to uphold the death-penalty law in Virginia [ "A man of faith and practical politics," front page, Oct. 19 ]. Holding a criminal's case file in your hand, knowing that a real person will live or die depending on which stack you set it down in, has to eat at you regardless of how "law and order" you claim to be. ...
October 18, 2012 |
It's not unusual, on an election-year Sunday, to find a white candidate in a black church. But Tim Kaine, swaying this month to the gospel groove at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in a poor Richmond neighborhood, wasn't on the campaign trail. He was taking a break from it at his home parish. "How you doing, brother?" said Peter Thompson, 53, a lean black man in a green fedora, hugging the round-faced Kaine on the church steps. The part-time Pizza Hut cook and the former governor have known each other since Kaine...
August 8, 2012 |
When Mitt Romney and George Allen campaign together this Saturday, it will be the first time the Republicans have managed to do so in Virginia this year. Timothy M. Kaine says his support for Barack Obama is unwavering, but the former governor is careful to point out differences he's had with the president, whether on taxes, Libya or offshore drilling. Virginia's U.S. Senate contenders aren't exactly running away from their parties' presidential candidates, but they are leaving enough wiggle room to...
October 15, 2012 |
TWO FORMER Virginia governors, Timothy M. Kaine and George Allen, are running for the U.S. Senate seat that Mr. Allen fumbled away six years ago. They are partisan stalwarts who disagree on deficit reduction, energy policy, health care, abortion, the death penalty and much else. The contrast in character and intellect is even more stark. On those grounds, Mr. Kaine, a Democrat, is a better choice by leaps and bounds than Mr. Allen, a Republican. We happen to agree on many issues with Mr. Kaine, who...
March 14, 2011 |
RICHMOND — Timothy M. Kaine , chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Monday that he is "increasingly likely" to run for U.S. Senate, his strongest indication yet that he will enter the marquee race that could pit him against former Republican governor George Allen in 2012. Kaine made the comments to students at a class he teaches once a week at the University of Richmond, which were confirmed by the DNC, while rumors about the remarks swept Twitter on Monday.