U.S. Senator Mark Warner joined Kaine for a campaign swing that started Thursday morning in Bristol. The Roanoke visit included a tour of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. There, Kaine and Warner participated in a roundtable discussion and briefing on promising research at the facility.
Following the event, Kaine described the medical school and research institute as “Exhibit A” of his economic plan. “It combines growth, it combines talent and then it combines balance,” Kaine told reporters. “We only got that bond package done by working together as Democrats and Republicans.”
Kaine said balancing the federal budget will require smart spending cuts and additional revenues. “You have to look at every part of government and make cuts,” Kaine said. “I did that as Governor and so did Mark Warner when he was Governor, but you can’t close it just through cuts. If you just cut you will hurt important priorities like research, like education, like infrastructure. You have to be making investments as well.”
Warner said Kaine would be an ally in his efforts to bring the Senate together on a budget compromise. “At the federal level what we have a lot of right now are a lot of folks who will tell you what's wrong with the other side as opposed to how they want to get stuff done,” Warner said.” We ought to maybe get rid of our Democrat and Republican labels and form the let's get stuff done caucus.”
Republicans George Allen, E.W. Jackson, Bob Marshall and Jamie Radtke are vying for the GOP nomination. A June 12th primary will determine who faces Kaine in the November election.
Thursday afternoon, the Republican Party of Virginia responded to Kaine's visit with the following statements from GOP lawmakers in central and western Virginia:
Senator Bill Stanley (R-Franklin)
"Tim Kaine's 'vision for the future' is just a continuation of the same failed policies he's been advocating in Washington as President Obama's hand-picked Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. If Chairman Kaine truly cared about Virginia jobs he would stand up against these EPA regulations that would devastate our economy and destroy our coal industry. From saying the failed stimulus would 'jumpstart the economy' to calling Obamacare a 'great achievement' to supporting policies that added more than $4.8 trillion to our national debt, Tim Kaine has demonstrated time and again that he'd rather gain favor with his Washington allies than fight for the people of Virginia."
"After spending the last three years supporting every significant failed initiative to come out of the Obama Administration, Tim Kaine should know better than anyone that higher taxes and more government spending won't fix our economy. As Governor, he repeatedly pushed for higher taxes while Virginians lost more than 100,000 jobs. In Washington, he supported policies that made trillion dollar deficits the norm. We've already seen the results of Tim Kaine's 'vision for the future' and we can't afford six more years."
Senator Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)
"The hard working men and women in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia help provide affordable electricity to power our nation, yet they are consistently under attack with harmful regulations that destroy jobs and increases costs for families and businesses. The fact that Tim Kaine can't speak out against the Obama Administration on these new EPA regulations should tell Virginians all they need to know about where he'll stand in Washington. The people of Southwest are looking for leadership in Washington that understands the importance of the coal industry to Virginia, Tim Kaine's 'vision for the future' is a future without coal."