Tim Kaine Obama's Veep? Dems Can Do So Much Better

Election '08

I gotta say, I'm with Liss. Although speculation is running amok that Tim Kaine is being very seriously considered for vice president, he would be a piss-poor choice to be Barack Obama's running mate.

In my earlier post on the veepstakes, I ruled Kaine out because of inexperience, and indeed, he has yet to serve out a full term as governor of Virginia. But it turns out there are lots of other good reasons to oppose him as well.

For one thing, I really, really don't want to see anyone on the ticket who is less than 100% committed to choice. Kaine says he is personally pro-life, and that this position is "faith-based." Fine. But he also doesn't seem terribly committed to the principle of women's bodily autonomy. The most he's said is that he'd enforce the law on abortion, but what if the Supreme Court overturns Roe and leaves abortion up to the states? I've looked and I haven't found him saying anything affirmatively pro-choice like "I strongly support a women's right to choose." Or even "abortion should be safe, legal, and rare." And his views on abortion have been described as "roughly in line with those of George W. Bush."

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