"Warner praised Kaine as a guy who knows how to compromise and reach across the aisle, a trait severely needed in the Senate." Loudoun Times-Mirror
"Mark Warner, a fellow Democrat who portrayed Kaine as a centrist like him who would help break Congress's partisan gridlock." Virginian-Pilot
"Warner said he hoped those in the audience would vote for [Kaine] for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA)...because he always produces results and never plays the blame game." Leesburg Today
Richmond, VA - Over the past two days, former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine was joined on the campaign trail by U.S. Senator Mark Warner for economic and grassroots events across the state. During business visits and town halls in Norfolk, Richmond, Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Ashburn, Warner spoke of the need for more leaders in Washington like Tim Kaine who are willing to work across party lines to get results. Kaine shared his strategies for creating jobs, strengthening the economy, responsibly reducing the deficit, and avoiding the looming sequestration cuts which would hurt Virginia's economy and cost the Commonwealth jobs.
Kaine and Warner were also joined by Congressman Gerry Connolly for a tour of one of the new Tysons Corner metro stops currently under construction as part of the rail to Dulles project that Kaine helped get under way after decades of delay and inaction.
During grassroots events in Prince William County and Alexandria, Kaine and Warner were joined by Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran to thank volunteers for their time and support and share with them the importance of grassroots energy in this race.
Below is some of the coverage of Kaine and Warner's two day tour through the Commonwealth.
Virginian-Pilot: Seven weeks out from the Nov. 6 election and still in a very close race with Republican George Allen, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine dropped in on a Norfolk business Monday to tout his proposals for creating jobs and improving the economy. It was the first stop on a daylong barnstorming tour across Virginia with Sen. Mark Warner, a fellow Democrat who portrayed Kaine as a centrist like him who would help break Congress's partisan gridlock. "Washington is a pretty screwy place at this point," Warner told employees at Grow Interactive, a digital marketing firm on Granby Street. "We need more people who are going to get stuff done.” …Congress needs more lawmakers like Warner who are willing to work across party lines to solve the nation's budget woes, Kaine said in Norfolk…At Grow Interactive, Kaine and Warner toured the company's urban-chic workplace, where a pingpong table occupies center stage and employees' bikes hang on brick walls. The 7-year-old company has 23 employees and boasts clients such as Google and HBO. Kaine called the company "Exhibit A for how a talent strategy drives the economy." He said he has a "missionary zeal" about boosting the nation's talent pool with investments in early childhood education, career and technical training, and expanded college access.
Loudoun Times-Mirror: For the second consecutive day, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) joined former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine on the campaign trail, as Kaine tries to secure votes for his Senate bid against Republican George Allen, another former Governor of Virginia…Kaine served as lieutenant governor while Warner was governor from 2002 to 2006. During that term, Kaine said he learned from Warner a great deal about balancing a budget and making strategic cuts. The former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Kaine, touted his experience in the governor’s mansion, during which he was forced to plug a multi-billion dollar shortfall in the state’s budget during the Great Recession…Warner praised Kaine as a guy who knows how to compromise and reach across the aisle, a trait severely needed in the Senate.
Leesburg Today: Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) embarked on an unusual tour Tuesday morning. With noise-reduction earmuffs and see-through protective glasses on hand, they strolled through the paintball-stained walls of MVM, Inc.—a security and logistics contractor for various branches of the military and government agencies—where they were met with two mock war situations…Following the tour, U.S. Senate hopeful Kaine and Warner entered a room with a starkly different ambiance...to lead an employee town hall meeting. Throughout Monday and Tuesday, the men attended numerous economic events, including that at MVM, which is located along Guilford Drive in Ashburn, an area with which Kaine is familiar…Beginning the meeting with about 50 of the company’s employees, Warner focused his remarks on the importance of Congressional members “checking” their Republican and Democratic hats at the door to put the interests of the country first—something he said he believes Kaine, whom he has known for more than 40 years, is able to do…Pointing at Kaine, Warner said he hoped those in the audience would vote for him for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), who is not seeking another term for office, because he always produces results and never plays the blame game. Throughout his campaign trail, Kaine has talked about smoothing out the differences in Congress, noting that its members—regardless of their political affiliation—should focus on two skills: listening and compromising. Kaine thanked Warner and said when he was Virginia lieutenant governor in the early 2000s, he took notes as he watched Warner fulfill his duties as Virginia governor. He then shifted his discussion to his goal, if elected to the Senate, of bringing more talent into the workforce—a concept he said MVM has already grasped, as it prepares people “to handle the most challenging situations humans have to deal with.” Noting that the unemployment rate for military veterans is down, Kaine said there should to be more traction to allow those coming out of the military to properly adjust to civilian life. Finishing his speech, Kaine continued to stress the country’s need to grow and attract talented people, which in turn draws institutions that want also to bring in talent. During past campaign speeches, Kaine has also heavily emphasized that he wants to bolster the economy by utilizing infrastructure projects and leveling the playing field for small businesses, as well as alleviate the country’s debt by making cuts, while simultaneously making investments to help the United States prosper.
WCVE: At a campaign stop at Health Diagnostics Labs in Richmond yesterday, Senator Mark Warner said Tim Kaine would work to build compromise in a sharply divided Washington. Craig Carper reports.
Politico: For the third time this cycle, Kaine hit the campaign trail with popular moderate Democratic Sen. Mark Warner on Monday in an explicit bid for the 6 percent to 8 percent of the electorate who have yet to make up their minds. “Letter after the candidate’s name doesn’t matter to them,” Kaine said, describing the voters still on the fence. “They’re looking to see who can best help people work together in Washington.”… But in the battle for undecideds, Kaine believes he has an unrivaled surrogate in Warner…Enlisting the senator was a pointed effort to reaffirm Kaine’s nonpartisan bona fides and rekindle some of the magic from their days as popular governors…It wasn’t by coincidence that Warner made his pitch for Kaine at a private laboratory inside a biotechnology park that was developed when Kaine served as Richmond’s mayor and Allen was governor…“There is a sense that’s what missing is a teamwork attitude. We’ve worked as a team already, and we worked as a team with two Republican Houses. We know how to reach across the aisle. Mark exemplifies that. But we’ll be good teammates for the country,” Kaine told reporters.Richmond Times-Dispatch: On Monday, Kaine kicked off a two-day campaign tour with Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., the state's popular junior senator with a reputation for reaching across the aisle. At Richmond's Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc., one of six stops Monday, Kaine said he routinely campaigns with Warner because he's a friend, but he added that Warner "exemplifies" the "teamwork attitude" he sees as being critical to voters, and to producing results in Washington. "We know how to reach across the aisle; we know how to be true to our own values and principles but also be good listeners and find common ground," Kaine said, commenting that undecided voters are looking for "who can best help people work together in Washington so that we can grow the economy and fix the budget."
NBC 4: Tim Kaine and George Allen do agree on this: those automatic defense cuts, the fallout from the budget stand-off on Capitol Hill, need to be stopped before they kick in next year. Because what's on the line is up to 200,000 Virginia jobs, many of them in Northern Virginia…Tim Kaine toured a Loudoun County business called MVM that does arms training and got a close up view of a live fire exercise... Democrat Kaine’s solution involves raising revenue while also making some cuts. Like President Obama, he supports ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. But he proposes letting them expire on those who earn more than half a million dollars. Kaine: “That brings $500 billion in revenue onto the table for the next ten years. Now the trillion dollar sequester becomes a $500 billion issue. Repeal the part of Medicare that says we can't negotiate for prices of prescription drugs. If you do that you save $250 billion over ten years.” Kaine would also end subsidies to the biggest oil companies.
WAVY: Tim Kaine, who is running for U.S. Senate and U.S. Senator Mark Warner met in Norfolk Monday to formally seek a compromise to sequestration and the looming cuts to the defense budget. Kaine and Warner, both Democrats, appeared together at Grow Innovative, a downtown Norfolk marketing firm. Kaine said he is hopeful his Republican opponent, former senator George Allen's ideas about the budget impasse, are more a part of the problem than a solution. "There were two strategies a year ago around the debt ceiling situation," Kaine said. "One that suggested the nation should default on its credit for the first time ever. My opponent and a few others, they were loud but they were small in number promoted that point of view. That would have created a fiscal collapse like the 2008 fiscal collapse."
Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star: The threat of sequestration and a limited pool of qualified potential employees are both standing in the way of HDT Robotics hiring, the company’s chief operating officer told a pair of former Virginia governors Monday. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, both Democrats, visited HDT Robotics’ high-tech Wolfe Street office in downtown Fredericksburg as part of a whirlwind day that included numerous campaign stops between Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia…Warner and Kaine said Congress needs to come to a compromise to avoid the “blunt-instrument” cuts associated with sequestration.
DC Examiner: Tim Kaine and George Allen sparred over threatened military cuts during trips through Northern Virginia Monday, with both candidates for the state's open U.S. Senate seat agreeing that Congress must avoid those cuts but disagreeing on how to accomplish that. During a visit to Aurora Flight Sciences in Manassas, Kaine called on Congress to nix the looming defense cuts, which promise to hit Virginia especially hard, and replace them by letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire for those earning more than $500,000 and eliminating tax breaks for oil companies. "We can get there in a way that won't hurt the economy and it won't jeopardize defense," Kaine said. The Democratic Senate hopeful enlisted the help of Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., to provide a firsthand account of how Congress enacted a plan to put $500 billion in military spending on the chopping block as a last resort for a deficit reduction plan. The two embarked on a six-stop tour of the Old Dominion on Monday that started in Hampton Roads and ended in Northern Virginia, two regions with strong ties to the Pentagon… Kaine has hoped to link Allen to a dysfunctional Congress that triggered the defense cuts. The Democrat hopes that by appearing with Warner -- whose penchant for working across the aisle appeals to Virginia voters -- he will appear to rise above Washington's bickering. "We just need more teamwork in the Senate and he and I would be a good team," Kaine said of his friend.
Huntington-Belle Haven Patch: U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine stumped in Huntington on Monday night, painting opponent George Allen as a man who would fail to invest in America and reverse economic gains. Kaine spent the day touring the state with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and stopped at the Huntington phone bank on North Kings Highway at the end of the day. The Democrat and former Virginia governor highlighted his differences with Allen, the Republican candidate and also a former Virginia governor, on growing the economy, shrinking the budget deficit and making Washington work again. Kaine painted Allen as a candidate who would narrow the deficit by cutting Medicare and Medicaid, education, Pell grants and spending on veterans and defense. He spoke in favor of letting the Bush tax cuts expire. “If you get some revenue, and then you save some money with some smart savings, you can fix our budgetary problems a right way, a balanced way that involves revenues and cuts,” he said. “I know how to make cuts – I’m the only governor in modern times who left office with a budget smaller than when I started, because of the times I inherited. But there is no way you can cut your way to prosperity.” No family has ever done that, Kaine said. No business has ever done that. “As I often like to say, I always, when I look in the mirror, wish I was thinner,” he said. “I never wish I was weaker. I never wish I was weaker. And an all-cuts approach is like looking in the mirror and wishing you were weaker. We’ve got to be stronger. We’ve got to be tougher. We’ve got to make the investments to do that." He also spoke of the need to find common ground in politics. He painted Allen as a “name-caller." “I know one thing to a rock-solid certainty,” he said. “We don’t need more of that in Washington to fix what’s wrong with Washington. We’re not going to fix Washington by fighting with each other. We’re going to fix Washington by listening and working together.” Kaine thanked volunteers, whom he contrasted to large donors to super-PACs. “You are what is standing between maintaining a tradition of person-to-person politics in this country and a brave new world of super-PACs and negative ads and undisclosed secret money,” he said. “We do not make to make the wrong choice when it comes to that choice. And we want to hold on to what is so fantastic about this great American political system we have, and what’s fantastic about it is exactly what you’re doing by being here tonight.”