Kaine Has 'Grave Concerns' About McDonnell's Thesis
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.
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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