Kaine Takes on Steele
Should Gov. Tim Kaine become a Republican?
So says Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, with whom Kaine clashed for the first time on a Sunday morning talk show this morning. Wearing his hat as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Kaine appeared on NBC's Meet the Press alongside Steele to discuss national issues like health care, torture and abortion.
And it was on that last issue that Steele took a chance to rib Kaine. Discussing whether Notre Dame is correct to award President Obama an honorary degree (Kaine says yes, Steele not so much), Steele seemed to take a bit of joy in referring to his fellow Catholic as a "pro-life" governor.
Since his campaign for governor in 2005, Kaine has always said he personally opposed abortion but that he did not favor making it illegal. Not, traditionally, the definition of a pro-life politician.
Still, Kaine did not directly correct his Republican counterpoint. Until he took it a step further.
Addressing the issue of who best represents the voice of the Republican party, Rush Limbaugh or Colin Powell, a political topic du jour since Dick Cheney last week said he believed it was the former, Steele said he wants the GOP to encompass both.
"I'd take both of them. I want 'em both," Steele said, before continuing, "As the chairman of the party, I want Rush Limbaugh, I want Colin Powell and I'll even take Tim Kaine. I mean, he's pro-life, he's pro-business, you know, he's pro-second amendment."
Kaine's response to the kind offer?
"My father-in-law was a Republican governor, but I'm a proud Democrat."
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