Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine

26 July 2016

Hello, again Insights.

A few days ago, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton named Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate. He was considered for a bid for Clinton’s VP selection and is less of a surprise than Trump’s selection of Mike Pence. Many still don’t know much about Kaine and what it means. Let’s break it down.

Tim Kaine Fast Facts:

Born: February 26, 1958 Age: 58

U.S. Senator from Virginia since 2013

Governor of Virginia from 2006-2010

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 2002-2006

Served on Richmond City Council from 1994-2001; Mayor from 1998-2001

Former Catholic Missionary

Full Kaine timeline.

In June, Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorsed Hillary Clinton, upsetting many progressives. She and Bernie Sanders have very similar policy positions. However, if Clinton teamed up with Warren, she could court more of the progressive voters to vote for her. Unfortunately for them, Clinton chose a moderate Democrat in Tim Kaine. Let’s break down his stances on some of the issues.

Supports TPP and other free trade agreements plus fast track of TPP(conservative)

Supports Right-to-work measures (conservative)

Favors Gun Control(liberal)

Favors Women’s Reproductive Rights, during public service career. (liberal) Personally pro-life however.

Favors financial deregulation (conservative)

Pro-Immigration stance(liberal)

Kaine is liberal on some positions and conservative on others, equaling a moderate.

Warren is known for her career as a law professor and focused on bankruptcy and personal finance. She favors strong regulation on the banks and was instrumental in establishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and was a special adviser. This position conflicts with Clinton because many of her  top campaign donors are major financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and JP Morgan Chase. As this is one of Warren’s strongest policy positions, the Clinton campaign felt that there would be a conflict between her and Warren and preferred a more moderate candidate who agrees more with her on the issues.

The 2016 election has been the year of the anti-establishment, and that’s why Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump did so well. Democratic primary voters who backed Sanders recognized Hillary Clinton’s corruption, but many would vote for Clinton in the General Election vs. Trump, in which many of them are votes against him. The ideology difference between Clinton and Sanders is very wide, despite running for the same party’s nomination. Voters who are more progressive feel isolated without Sanders and a progressive like Warren had the possibility to bring more “party unity.” Many Sanders supporters, however, are Independents. The Clinton camp often says that she is entitled to Sanders voters and they’ll eventually “fall in line” to defeat Trump. Despite these remarks, Clinton actions don’t appear to be trying to court more progressive voters. Instead, Clinton has made attempts to get Jeb Bush donors to her side, and a SuperPAC called “Republicans For Hillary” was formed by a GOP donor named Craig Snyder. Trump’s unpredictability has disillusioned many establishment donors since they don’t know if he can be controlled or not.

An additional reason that Clinton chose Kaine is that he has numerous pro-establishment positions such as on free trade and financial deregulation. Clinton(and now) Kaine have come out in opposition to the latest free trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP) even though it was as recent as last week that Kaine spoke out in favor of the TPP. When Clinton was Secretary of State, she helped to start negotiations for TPP, and publicly came out 45 times in support.

There it is. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. I will have a similar post up soon detailing Trump and Mike Pence. My question for you is this: Does Kaine help or hurt Clinton?

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