Kaine Makes No Apologies for Some Unpopular Decisions

By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer
By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer

Former Gov. Tim Kaine makes no apologies for trying to increase income taxes and return a former German diplomat's son imprisoned for life in Virginia for murder to Germany.

In an Associated Press interview, Kaine says decisions made during the final days of his administration were difficult and unpopular but show he's willing to lead.

He says he figured when his term as governor ended 17 months ago, he would never run for office again.

The former Democratic National Committee chief says he thought he'd be a college president, return to practicing law or continue serving his friend, President Barack Obama.

But Democratic Sen. Jim Webb's decision not to seek reelection forced Kaine's hand. Now he's facing tough questions heading into a marquee Senate race still 17 months away.

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