Clinton campaigns with Tim Kaine in Virginia: Republicans respond

Published: Jul. 14, 2016 at 1:57 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

On July 14, Hillary Clinton is campaigning with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, making a stop at the Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale to host an event at the college's Ernst Gymnasium.

The event is hosted by the Democratic Party of Virginia, and, according to the Clinton campaign, the two are expected to discuss their shared commitment to "building an America that is stronger together."

Kaine served as Virginia's governor from 2006 to 2010 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. He is now listed as a likely vice presidential candidate pick for Hillary Clinton.

Clinton and Kaine will join each other on stage at 3:15 p.m.

Many Virginia Republicans have weighed in with their opinions on today's event, releasing a variety of official statements. Some of those can be found below.

As of this time, no regional Democrats have released any statements regarding the event.

Republican National Committee spokesman Garren Shipley

"Tim Kaine’s decision to campaign with Hillary Clinton is disappointing, but unsurprising. By campaigning with Secretary Clinton, Tim Kaine will be forced to defend her indefensible 'extreme carelessness' with top secret materials in a state where thousands of people have security clearances — and would likely wind up unemployed or in jail had they taken similar actions. Virginians have made it abundantly clear they’re ready for change. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are the walking embodiment of the status quo. That’s why Virginians are going to vote for Donald Trump in November.”

Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck

"Senator Kaine is probably the front runner to be the Vice Presidential Nominee. He is going to be called upon to defend the indefensible and it's going to go against everything that he has stood for in his political career as a Mayor, as a Governor, and as a United States Senator. And I think he really really wants to be Vice Presidential. For somebody to throw away what is a reputation for integrity thus far, just to be Vice President, is very sad and it's very telling about where the Democratic Party is and where Senator Kaine is, in being just another politician, part of the rigged system that we have all been complaining about with Hillary Clinton."

House Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R), Colonial Heights

"Tim Kaine's appearance with Hillary Clinton is a disappointment to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Clinton's handling of sensitive information clearly disqualifies her from serving President of the United States. Senator Kaine's support for Clinton is a slight to the thousands of Virginians who work with classified material and would be punished if they made the same errors in judgement as Clinton. As Governor, his only ideas to close a $6 billion budget shortfall were to raise taxes and close the rest areas. Between his blind support for Clinton in the face of her serious character flaws and his limited track record is governor, Virginians are disappointed in Senator Kaine."

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R), 6th District

"A former Secretary of State should not be above the law. She didn't simply accidentally leave a classified document on her desk over night. She deliberately setup a private server and email system to circumvent the government's system. Out of 30,000 emails returned to the State Department by Secretary Clinton -- and lets be clear on this, thousands more emails were destroyed by her and those who work for her -- 110 contained classified information at the time they were sent or received and this clearly establishes gross negligence on her part if not a higher level of culpability. Despite the lack of criminal charges, the FBI investigation has exposed her dishonesty and lack of judgment.""

Republican Party of Virginia Executive Director John Findlay

Hillary Clinton's rolling audition for a running mate returns to Northern Virginia today, as Tim Kaine has his most important audition in his quest to finally be on the ticket.

Barack Obama left Kaine at the altar in 2012, and Tim Kaine is utterly determined that in 2016 he won't be left off the ticket. That's the only real explanation for why Kaine has decided to shrug off Hillary Clinton's email scandal and campaign for the candidate a New Hampshire newspaper recently called "a human security breach in a pantsuit."

Kaine's audition will likely revolved around his ability to be an attack dog while keeping a smile on his face. But the real test will be Kaine's ability to go on the attack while ignoring the massive liabilities that his hoped-for running mate brings to the table.

For example, he'll have to be able to ignore the fact that countless Virginians who work for the military, government, or contractors would all be in jail if they had handled classified info the way Hillary Clinton did - with "extreme carelessness." There's also the matter of her disastrous foreign policy record, from Benghazi to the "Russian reset," both of which matter a great deal to military communities in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

Can Tim Kaine talk to reporters and tell them with a straight face that it's just fine that Tom Brady got a tougher sentence for (allegedly) deflating footballs that Hillary Clinton got for mishandling our nation's most sensitive information?

And let's not forget her outright hostility to coal, the lifeblood of Southwest Virginia. Does Tim Kaine have what it takes to look miners in the eye and tell them he wants to put them out of business like his potential running mate did?

But most importantly, we'll find out if Tim Kaine can look ordinary Virginians in the eye and smile, knowing that there's one set of rules for them, and another set of rules for his boss. That's what today is about. It's a test.

Make no mistake; Tim Kaine is putting his legacy on the line. As of now, the most memorable black marks on Tim Kaine's record are closing rest stops to blackmail the General Assembly into raising taxes and trying to let convicted murderer Jens Soering out of prison early.

Does Tim Kaine want to be on the ticket so badly that he'll sacrifice his credibility and self respect, and excuse all of Hillary Clinton's scandals?