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Kaine Has 'Grave Concerns' About McDonnell's Thesis

Anita Kumar

Gov. Tim Kaine said today that he was not surprised by what Bob McDonnell wrote in his thesis.

"The views expressed in that paper are views that I have long felt were Bob McDonnell's very sincere and long-held views,'' Kaine said in an interview. "In interactions with Bob on a number of those issues, he has demonstrated to me that I think that many of those views he still holds."

Kaine reminded reporters that when McDonnell was attorney general, he told him that he did not have the authority to issue an executive order barring state agencies from discriminating based on sexual orientation. McDonnell said at the time that he did not consider sexual orientation when hiring employees for his office, but that Kaine's order violated the "founders' mandate to separate and limit the power of the executive branch."

"I would never challenge someone's personal beliefs. [But] I think they are not the right governing philosophies for the commonwealth, however, so I was not surprised to read about the thesis,'' Kaine said. "To me, it seems like kind of a blueprint of here's what I hope to do as an elected official and I think he's been working diligently to do that."

"A lot of people are that in their personal lives,'' Kaine said. "I think the question is do you feel like your role in government is, for example, to stigmatize working women, stigmatize single mothers with children, stigmatize feminists and say feminists and working women is bad for America. People can have personal religious views. That's fine. This is more than that...[As] a personal view that's fine, but as a philosophy of government that causes me grave concerns and when I think that may the governing philosophy of Virginia if Bob is elected."

Kaine also sent out an e-mail to supporters about McDonnell's thesis and encouraging people to support Creigh Deeds for governor.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 31, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Amen, Guvnah!

On message and 100% correct. Now join both Creigh and Bob and call for Phil Hamilton to resign!

Posted by: antoniomelias | August 31, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

So... we should believe the head of the DNC about his judgement of the Republican candidate for governor? Did Kaine conveniently forget that, as LG, he and Albert Pollard in fact proposed almost the exact same thing in support for covenant marriages?

This is the problem with having a gov in SUCH a political position. Can't serve 2 masters. Didn't work for Gilmore and isn't working for Kaine.

Posted by: SpotsySteve | August 31, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Did Kaine have grave concerns about covenant marriages when he pushed for them as Lt. Governor? Does Kaine and Deeds not agree with McDonnell's central tenent of the thesis, quoting Reagan, "Strong families are the foundation of society." Didn't Deeds support welfare reform under Governor Allen? Does Kaine have grave concerns about the Hyde Amendment? Does Deeds not support character education in public schools? Does Kaine not support funding for faith-based initiatives? Does Deeds oppose parental leave laws? Didn't Kaine sign repeal of the death tax? Didn't Deeds vote for McDonnell's bill cracking down on internet sex offenders? Don't these guys and many Virginians agree with a lot of what is in this thesis?

Posted by: OldVirginian | August 31, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse


There's a strong difference between agreeing that "strong families are the foundation of society" versus advocating many of the positions that McDonnell clearly pushes for in his thesis and in public service. You are very selective in your choice of issues where the candidates happen to agree. What about McDonnell voting against pay equity? What about limiting access to contraception? There are many portions of his thesis that I and "many Virginians" don't agree with.

Posted by: cnote_723 | August 31, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

"Pay Equity" is not the same as equal pay for equal work.
Should a nurse (who is male) make the same money as a doctor (who is female)?
Should a computer programmer make the same pay as a data entry person?
Should a legal transcriptionist make the same pay as an attorney?

Posted by: mary1961 | August 31, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Bob McDonnell just lost the crucial Virginia fornicator vote.


Posted by: MikeLicht | September 1, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Mary1961 -

The issue of pay equity focuses exactly on that - equal pay for equal work. The argument isn't that females should be paid the same as men just because they're females, as you imply. Rather, women should be paid equal to men given the same job title. As it is, women only earn 76 cents for every dollar earned by men (sorry if my numbers are a little off - I'm working from data a few years old). That's the issue of pay equity.

Posted by: cnote_723 | September 1, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I think that if a graduate thesis is pertinent to a politician's election, why doesn't McDonnell or, better yet, the Washington Post demand to see Obama's thesis from Columbia? Or any of his writings or musings from college?

I guess this kind of attack, spearheaded by the Post worked against George Allen, why wouldn't it work against McDonnell?

Posted by: jcg5902 | September 1, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Guess what...what you thought then, you think now... he is a racist, bigot and anti-feminist.

Another Macaca !

Posted by: Toughcookies | September 1, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

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