Tim Kaine: Unabashed Tax & Spend Partisan

NRSC Releases New Video Highlighting Tim Kaine’s Unabashed Support For Higher Taxes, Bigger Government

WASHINGTON —In the wake of former DNC Chairman Tim Kaine’s statement at today’s debate in Fairfax that he supports higher taxes on every Virginian, regardless of income level, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has released a new video, “Unabashed.”

The video highlights the mile-wide gap between Chairman Kaine’s campaign ad rhetoric and his long, partisan record in support of higher taxes and bigger government.

“Whether as Governor or Chairman of the DNC in Washington, Tim Kaine has been an unabashed partisan who believes that higher taxes and bigger government is the solution to every problem.  But the fact that Kaine believes that Washington should raise taxes on every Virginian, regardless of their income level or economic situation, is breathtaking to say the least,” National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh.



BACKGROUND….

 

“In A Debate Between Kaine And Allen Thursday, NBC News’ David Gregory Asked Kaine, ‘Do You Believe That Everyone In Virginia Should Pay Something In Federal Income Tax?’” (Elspeth Reeve, “The Worst Way A Demorat Could Whiff A 47% Question,” The Atlantic Wire, Posted 9/20/12)

The Atlantic Wire: “The Worst Way A Democrat Could Whiff A 47% Question” (Elspeth Reeve, “The Worst Way A Demorat Could Whiff A 47% Question,” The Atlantic Wire, Posted 9/20/12)

The Atlantic Wire’s Elspeth Reeve: “Oops. Now Kaine’s In Favor Of Raising Taxes On Poor People. It’s A Fairly Lonely Position Too — as Weigel explains, only Michele Bachmann would occasionally float the idea of poor people paying a few symbolic bucks to keep some skin in the game.” (Elspeth Reeve, “The Worst Way A Demorat Could Whiff A 47% Question,” The Atlantic Wire, Posted 9/20/12)

Washington Free Beacon: “Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine Said Thursday He Would Be Open To A Federal Income Tax For All Virginians in a debate for Virginia’s open Senate seat.” (Washington Free Beacon Staff, Kaine: I’d Be Open To A Minimum Federal Tax For Everyone,” Washington Free Beacon, 9/20/12)

Daily Caller’s Alexis Levinson: “Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine Said He Would Be ‘Open To A Proposal’ That Would Require Everyone To Pay Some Minimum Amount Of Federal Income Taxes.”(Alexis Levinson, “Kaine Says He Is ‘Open To . . . Minimum Tax Level For Everyone,’” Daily Caller, 9/20/12)

Weekly Standard: “Virginia Senate Candidate Tim Kaine, A Democrat, Said That He’s Open To Having A ‘Minimum Tax Level For Everyone . . . .’” (Daniel Halper, “Kaine: ‘I Would Be Open To A Proposal To Have Some Minimum Tax Level For Everyone,’” Weekly Standard, 9/20/12)

  • ·         “Interestingly, As The Washington Free Beacon Notes, Just Yesterday Kaine Released An Ad That Suggested He’s To The Right Of President Obama On The Issue Of Taxes.” (Daniel Halper, “Kaine: ‘I Would Be Open To A Proposal To Have Some Minimum Tax Level For Everyone,’” Weekly Standard, 9/20/12)

National Journal’s Hotline On Call: “Kaine: Open To Federal Income Taxes On Everyone” (Shane Goldmacher, “Kaine: Open To Federal Income Taxes On Everyone,” National Journal, 9/20/12)

  • ·         Kaine “Veered Into Unchartered Territory . . . .” “They mostly hewed closely to their well-worn campaign rhetoric, but Kaine veered into unchartered territory when asked by the moderator, NBC’s David Gregory, about GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s recent comments regarding the 47 percent of Americans who pay no federal income taxes. Pressed if everyone should pay at least some federal income taxes, Kaine replied, ‘I would be open to a proposal that would have some minimum tax level for everyone.’” (Shane Goldmacher, “Kaine: Open To Federal Income Taxes On Everyone,”National Journal, 9/20/12)

The New York Times’ The Caucus Blog: Kaine’s “Off-The-Cuff Suggestion About A Minimum Tax . . . .”“The race for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jim Webb, a Democrat, is among the closest in the country. It has not, however, been among the most heated. Two former governors, Mr. Allen, a Republican, and Mr. Kaine, have largely waged the careful campaigns of seasoned candidates. But Mr. Kaine’s off-the-cuff suggestion about a minimum tax could heat things up, especially with fresh polling suggesting he may be opening a lead.” (Jonathan Weisman, “Kaine And Allen Face Off In Debate,” The New York Times’ The Caucus Blog, Posted 9/20/12)

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