July 31, 2016

Kaine: Mook Wrong On My Position On Abortion

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) has officially been Hillary Clinton’s running mate for five days, yet there has already been confusions and contradictions between the two sides. One of the points of contention has been on abortion. Kaine has long been more conservative on the issue than most Democrats, and that has caused problems for the Clinton campaign, specifically on the Hyde Amendment.

On CNN’s State of the Union, Jake Tapper asked Kaine to confirm Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook’s comments. Mook had previously said that Kaine would stand with Clinton on repealing the Hyde Amendment.

Kaine did the opposite. His comment, that Mook’s statement was “not accurate, and I don’t think Robby has said that,” shows a campaign in chaos. In fact, Mook had said just that, on the very same program, one week earlier:

“ROBBY MOOK: And he has said that he will stand with Secretary Clinton to defend a woman’s right to choose, to repeal the Hyde amendment. So, you know, voters can be 100 percent confident that Tim Kaine is going to fight to protect a woman’s right to choose.”

Kaine’s comment, directly contradicted by Mook’s earlier one, shows that this controversy will not die down anytime soon. As you can see from the headlines below, this has been a troubled topic for the Clinton campaign this week:

NBC: “Kaine Contradicts Clinton Statements on Abortion Funding”

CNN: “Tim Kaine under scrutiny for abortion comment”

Politico: “Kaine faces abortion blowback”

It’s clear by Kaine and Mook’s interviews, Kaine is getting a taste of what being a say-or-do-anything candidate is like. Past positions and records be damned – running with Clinton requires a willingness to abandon all deeply-held principles and beliefs for political expedience.