Tim Kaine on Principles & Values
Democratic Senate Challenger; previously Governor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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CA:Feinstein(D) vs.Emken(R) vs.Lightfoot(L)
DE:Carper(D) vs.Wade(R) vs.Pires(I)
HI:Hirono(D) vs.Lingle(R) vs.
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