Former Gov. Tim Kaine served for two years as President Barack Obama’s chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
So it’s no surprise that Kaine would tout his partnership with the White House in an ad for his U.S. Senate campaign. Today the campaign unveiled a new 30-second ad that includes an image of a smiling Tim Kaine sitting next to a beaming president.
President George W. Bush, that is.
Yes, Kaine is promoting his efforts as governor to work with presidents of both parties on issues important to Virginia. The ad features separate images of Kaine with Bush and Obama.
“I don’t agree with any president all the time, but I know that when our nation succeeds Virginia succeeds,” Kaine says in the ad. “As governor, I worked with the Bush administration to build rail to Dulles and with the Obama administration to stop an aircraft carrier from moving out of Virginia.”
Kaine’s campaign released another ad today in which the Democrat stakes out a middle ground between Obama and Republican Senate candidate George Allen on extending the Bush-era tax cuts. Obama wants to let the tax cuts expire on incomes greater than $250,000. Allen wants to extend all of the tax cuts. In the ad, called “Middle Ground,” Kaine says the tax cuts should expire on incomes greater than $500,000.
“This reduces the deficit, avoids devastating cuts to defense, education, and Medicare, and saves jobs,” Kaine says.
The ads were released on the eve of another debate between Kaine and Allen. The candidates will face off Thursday in McLean in a debate sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.
Allen’s campaign said the new Kaine ads were an attempt to “hide his record as one of the most partisan leaders in the nation.” Allen’s camp also pointed to a 2010 Bloomberg television interview in which Kaine was asked about the impact of closing the military’s Joint Forces Command in Hampton Roads. Kaine acknowledged that the closing would affect jobs, but added that, because of the budget deficit, “everything has to be on the table.”
– Michael Sluss