Tim Kaine



Born into an Irish Catholic family in Saint Paul, Minnesota on February 26, 1958, Timothy Kaine earned a BA from the University of Missouri in 1979 and a JD from the Harvard University School of Law in 1983. Following his first year of law school, Kaine took a year off from his studies in order to work with Jesuit missionaries

Born into an Irish Catholic family in Saint Paul, Minnesota on February 26, 1958, Timothy Kaine earned a BA from the University of Missouri in 1979 and a JD from the Harvard University School of Law in 1983. Following his first year of law school, Kaine took a year off from his studies in order to work with Jesuit missionaries in the city of El Progresso, Honduras, where he taught English, religion, and welding classes to young people. During the nine months he spent in Honduras, Kaine developed a keen interest in the teachings of local priests, who, according to University of Costa Rica anthropology professor Dr. Andres León Araya, “were all … influenced by liberation theology.” In particular, Kaine was intrugued by one Father James Carney, S.J., an American-born priest who preached liberation theology and revolution, and who in 1979 had been exiled from Honduras due to his promotion of Marxist doctrines; Kaine sought out Carney during a short stay in Nicaragua. And according to New York Times reporter Jason Horowitz, Kaine himself “embraced” liberation theology and said “that his exposure to liberation theology … ‘changed him, it deepened him.’” Conservative author and activist David Horowitz has described Kaine as “a former Christic Institute Marxist who supported the communist guerrillas in Central America during the Cold War.”

In a September 2016 article titled “Tim Kaine’s Radical Roots,” Ken Blackwell, a former ambassador to the UN Commission on Human Rightsnotes that liberation theology was “quite possibly a product of a Kremlin disinformation campaign designed to undermine the Church and bring Catholic countries into the Soviet sphere.” And Kaine, writes Blackwell, “embraced not some reconstituted, post-Marxist version, but the hardcore, Cold War variety — an avowed Marxist ideology inimical to the institutional Catholic Church and to the United States.” “Just how hardcore were his Jesuit teachers?” Blackwell asks. “Well, around the time Kaine was there, Jesuits were arrested for gunrunning, and, the next year, the Honduran government banned any more American Jesuits from coming to that country because of their left-wing activism.”

After completing his legal education, Kaine joined a civil litigation firm and practiced law for 17 years, representing people who claimed to have been denied housing opportunities for reasons of race or disability. He also served as chairman of Freedom House, a nonprofit organization that helped homeless residents of Richmond, Virginia. Moreover, Kaine sat on the board of a fair-housing nonprofit group named Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME).1

Aside from his law practice, Kaine also spent time as a professor of legal ethics at the University of Richmond School of Law. He launched his political career in the mid-1990s, serving as a member of the Richmond (Virginia) City Council (1995-98); Mayor of Richmond (1998-2001); Lieutenant Governor of Virginia (2002-06); Governor of Virginia (2006-10); and U.S. Senator from Virginia (2013-present). On July 22, 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton named Kaine as her vice presidential running mate.

Kaine was involved in controversy related to a 1985 incident where University of Virginia student Jens Soering, a German citizen, brutally murdered the parents of a girl he was dating. Three years later, Kaine provided a sworn affidavit in support of Soering’s attempt to avoid extradition from England, to where the killer had fled following his crime. Soering was delivered to Virginia only after authorities agreed to reduce his capital murder charges and thereby eliminate any possibility of the death penalty, and in 1990 he was convicted and sentenced to two life terms in prison. Just before leaving office as governor in 2010, Kaine asked the U.S. Justice Department to transfer Soering to a German prison, where he would have been eligible for release within two years. The Justice Department denied the request. When he was subsequently asked about this matter in a debate during his 2012 Senate campaign, Kaine cited financial considerations: “I did feel like Virginians have paid for his incarceration for a very long time—let the Germans pay to keep this guy.”

Over the course of his political career, Kaine has developed ties to a number of Islamists and Islamist organizations:

In 2012 the New Virginia Majority, a Freedom Road Socialist Organization front group that seeks to effect “the progressive transformation of Virginia,” supported Kaine’s bid for a U.S. Senate seat. Other supporters included the Council for a Livable World and J Street, the latter of which endorsed and funded Kaine also in his “off-cycle” years of 2014 and 2016.

In early 2015, Kaine objected strenuously when Republican House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress about the gravity of the growing Iranian nuclear threat and his “profound disagreement” with the negotiated deal that the Obama Administration was pursuing with Iran. Kaine joined seven other Senate Democrats in boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. That summer, Kaine declared himself a “strong supporter” of the final agreement, which would allow the Islamist regime in Tehran to enrich uranium, build advanced centrifuges, purchase ballistic missiles, fund terrorism, and be guaranteed of having a near-zero breakout time to the development of a nuclear bomb approximately a decade down the road. (For additional details about the accord, click here.)

In May 2015, Kaine was one of 14 U.S. senators who wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to allow 65,000 people from war-torn, terrorism-ravaged Syria into the United States as refugees, despite many people’s concern that terrorists could potentially infiltrate the refugee program.2

Later that same year, Kaine opposed a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would have required more careful vetting of Syrians and Iraqis before they could be admitted to the United States as refugees. “These refugees are people who are terrorized, not terrorists,” Kaine said in a November 2015 interview wherein he claimed that “the refugee vetting process is one of the safest areas that we have.” In a speech on the Senate floor the following month, Kaine said: “I look at this refugee crisis as a test … about whether we, like [the biblical] Job, will be true to our principles or whether we’ll abandon them.” He also urged his fellow legislators to emulate the example of the 17th-century “Indians down near Jamestown Island” who had helped starving English settlers to survive by offering “an extension of a hand to strangers in a strange land.”

In 2015 as well, Kaine was a co-sponsor of S 299, the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015, which sought to allow U.S. citizens to engage in unrestricted travel to Cuba for the first time since 1963.

In an Arizona speech which he delivered in Spanish just days before the 2016 presidential election, Kaine told a Latino audience that he favored the federal immigration policies that were transforming the demographics of the United States, saying: “You are the future of America. By 2050, communities of color will represent the majority of our population. So, of course, Latinos will help shape the future of America because you are the future of America.” Kaine also said that a Clinton-Kaine administration would “end family detention,” “close private detention facilities,” freeze deportations, and give citizenship to illegals residing in the country. In addition, Kaine vowed to expand President Obama’s executive actions regarding amnesty: “A few months ago, the Supreme Court put DAPA on hold. That was devastating for millions of families. But it’s important to note that the Court didn’t actually rule on the substance of the case. Hillary and I have always said that DAPA is squarely within the President’s authority, and we will keep fighting for it.”

In the same Arizona speech, Kaine pledged to continue birthright citizenship — meaning, as Breitbart.com explains, that “a pregnant foreign national in the country illegally can give birth to a child, who will be awarded U.S. citizen, and is, therefore, entitled to collect federal welfare, vote in U.S. elections, and eventually obtain green cards for his or her parents, despite their prior illegal entry into the United States.” Moreover, Kaine condemned Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s prior calls for assimilation that included making English the national language. “Spanish was the first European language spoken in this country,” said Kaine. “A few years ago, I gave the first speech ever delivered in Spanish on the Senate floor. Since we were debating a bill about immigration, explaining it in Spanish just made sense — especially since it’s the language of more than 40 million people in this country who are most affected by this issue.”

Kaine ranks among the most left-wing political figures in the United States today. He is the only person with a 0% Lifetime Rating from the American Conservative Union (ACU), which has graded Members of Congress based on their votes on issues important to conservatives each year since 1971. Similarly, ConservativeReview.com gives Kaine a 0% rating.

Kaine strongly favors: government-enforced affirmative-action policies designed to compensate nonwhites and women for the effects of past and present discrimination; a steeply progressive income-tax structure where high earners pay disproportionately high rates; the implementation of a pathway-to-citizenship for illegal aliens; and the use of federal funds and direct federal job creation to help the U.S. economy recover from recession. Moreover, Kaine believes that Voter ID laws make it unnecessarily difficult for people to vote in political elections; that campaign finance reforms should be instituted to reduce the influence of money in elections; that the principle of separation-of-church-and-state makes school prayer, government funding for religious organizations, and the posting of the Ten Commandments in public places impermissible; that the use of vouchers for school choice constitutes bad public policy; and that the nationalization of banks and corporations is more appropriate than government bailouts of those entities when they fail economically.

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1 “When HOME found evidence,” says a report in Mother Jones magazine, “that minority homeowners in Richmond were being shut out from purchasing insurance by Nationwide—a practice known as redlining—Kaine took on the case, first pro bono and later under a contingent fee arrangement.” In 1998 a jury decided to levy $100.5 million in damages against Nationwide; the following year, Kaine settled with Nationwide for $17.5 million.

2 The other signatories included Senators Al FrankenSherrod Brown, Chris Coons, Dick DurbinDianne Feinstein, Mazie Hirono, Amy Klobuchar, Patrick Leahy, Ed Markey, Robert Menendez, Patty Murray, Jeanne Shaheen, and Sheldon Whitehouse.

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