VIDEO: Tim Kaine’s Whiplash Turns To The Left
As a southern Democrat, Tim Kaine rose through the ranks openly touting his moderate and centrist positions, running for governor in 2005 as a pro-gun, pro-life Democrat. And then along came Hillary Clinton.
Ahead of tonight’s Vice Presidential debate, America Rising is releasing a video called “Switched Your Position” that highlights three major policy positions Kaine has shifted on in recent months to accommodate Clinton’s leftward lurch.
Flip #1: Trade
Just days after Hillary Clinton announced Tim Kaine as her running mate, he shared publicly that he would not take a stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, until the trade agreement was finished. He even went so far as to confess that his pro-TPP statements made the week prior were “accurate.”
But clearly Team Clinton was not happy about that as Kaine reversed course a week later during an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, stating his plan to oppose TPP. Chuck Todd even called out Kaine during the interview, saying he “essentially switched his position” on TPP.
Flip #2: Abortion
Kaine’s anti-abortion stance already puts him at odds with Clinton and is considered a liability with the left. So Team Clinton used campaign manager Robby Mook to publicly force him left by saying Kaine has “given assurances” that he supports Clinton’s desire to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funds from being used for abortions.
Kaine has supported the amendment in the past.
Flip #3: Energy
Before he was thrust into the national spotlight as a running mate, then-Governor Kaine was all about offshore drilling and exploration because of the economic benefits it would bring to his state of Virginia.
Yet, Team Clinton forced him into another about-face. When confronted on the campaign trail, Kaine took a sharp turn left on energy, blaming it on the Obama Administration’s decision against offshore drilling and the Defense Department objections.
With all these acrobatic twists and turns on major policy positions, it’s clear that Clinton has taught Tim Kaine the ways of being a say-or-do-anything candidate. In doing so, Kaine has compromised his beliefs and values almost to the point that he is unrecognizable. But what more would you expect from the Clinton World.