Tim Kaine’s Quotes On Women & Moms Paint Him As Supportive
Ever since former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced she'd chosen him as her vice presidential pick, people have been trying to figure out where Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine stands on the issues. When it comes to women's issues, there have been many questions about whether his former anti-choice stances have evolved now that he's running alongside a pro-choice candidate. When it comes to other political issues that impact not just women, but parents, Tim Kaine's comments on mothers show that his views have evolved over time — he really appreciates his own mother, and values the work of his wife, Anne.
Kaine has spent most of his life in public service, working as a governor, a mayor, and a senator. Now, alongside Clinton, he's vying to add vice president to his long list of offices held. Kaine's originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, and is the oldest of three children. His father owned a union-iron shop and his mother taught home economics and took care of the family. Kaine married his wife, Anne Holton, in 1983 and they have three children.
Although Kaine has spoken out about his faith-based opposition to abortion and has supported abstinence-only education in the past, he has also gone on record as saying that he would not be in favor of repealing Roe v. Wade, which decriminalized abortion in 1973:
So proud of Anne. Her career - shaped by her family’s role in desegregating VA public schools - has been dedicated to helping at-risk kids— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) January 3, 2014
Planned Parenthood gave Kaine a 100 percent score on its assessment of his voting record for women's reproductive rights, showing that even if he has personal beliefs that would preclude supporting abortion, they don't seem to influence his most recent votes.
When questioned about his personal beliefs, Kaine told CNN:
While campaigning over the summer, Kaine pointed out that it took 144 years for women to get the right to vote in the United States, and that the nation lags behind other countries in the world who have elected women to top government offices:
When it comes to supporting women he knows personally, such as his mother, his wife, and his running mate Clinton, Kaine has been openly supportive of their efforts on Twitter — even long before the campaign began.
Loved spending a fun Mother's Day weekend with Anne! So grateful for her, my mom Kathy, and all of the other extraordinary moms out there.— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) May 11, 2015
Warm wishes to all the supermoms out there (like mine and Anne!) Happy Mother's Day!— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) May 11, 2014
Thinking of all the strong women in my life today at the start of #womenshistorymonth. Especially my wonderful mom Kathy.— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) March 1, 2013
I've never lost an election with Anne by my side. We're lucky to have her on the trail! https://t.co/LxvZQILtyV— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) August 17, 2016
Anne-you’ve been the best companion I could've asked for during this journey. Thank you so much for all you’ve done. pic.twitter.com/6PkuBxXr— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) November 6, 2012
Happy birthday to my best friend and love of my life, Anne. Looking forward to celebrating at dinner with you and Annella tonight!— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) February 1, 2013
Every time I get to do a campaign event with Anne, it's like a vacation. pic.twitter.com/dAV08A49lx— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) August 17, 2016
Kaine has also vocally opposed Donald Trump's plan for paid leave for families, especially moms. At a roundtable event in New Hampshire last month, Kaine said of Trump's plan (and outdate maternity leave policies in general):
Not everyone has the flexibility to take time off to raise kids like Anne and I did. Paid leave should be the norm: https://t.co/Gfw7VKWooC— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) October 1, 2016
His support of moms and dads having paid leave after the birth of a new baby is very much in support of Clinton's plan, which would guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid leave. Trump's plan offers six weeks of partial pay.