Tim Kaine: A Radical Leftist Wrapped Inside a 'Moderate'

A look at the philosophy and agendas of the Democrat VP candidate.

When Hillary Clinton picked Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her VP running mate, the media largely portrayed him as a middle-of-the-road candidate who would give the Democrat ticket a centrist orientation. The Washington Post cited Kaine’s “relatively moderate persona.” USA Today said he “is considered a safe pick — a swing-state moderate who appeals to independent voters.” And the New York Times referenced Kaine’s “credentials as a moderate.”

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Kaine strongly favors government-enforced affirmative-action policies designed to favor nonwhites and women in hiring and college admissions practices; a steeply progressive income-tax structure where high earners pay disproportionately high rates; and the implementation of a pathway-to-citizenship for illegal aliens. Moreover, he 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.

Kaine’s position on the Iran nuclear deal is exactly what you would expect from a dyed-in-the-wool leftist. Early last year, 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.

Kaine’s positions on immigration and refugee policy are just as predictably repugnant. 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.

Later in 2015, 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.”

All told, 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. 

Another wrinkle in Kaine’s resume is the fact that over the course of his political career, he has developed close ties to numerous Islamists:

Tim Kaine is no moderate. Just like Hillary Clinton, he is a Democrat of the far, far left – a man who puts his devotion to big government and multicultural hogwash ahead of America’s well-being.