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Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2018 12:00 am

When visiting Emporia recently Senator Tim Kaine talked about his career as a civil rights attorney, noting that he represented someone locally who was denied housing due to the color of their skin.

Kaine thanked Democratic voters for their support. When speaking about his bid as the vice presidential nomination, he said that “the nation’s voters got it wrong but you got it right.”

He talked about how much he liked being Senator and working with people on both sides of the aisle and how important education and economic development is to Virginia and the country.

Most of all he talked about how Virginia has to work for everyone. It’s his campaign slogan. He also noted that the last two words in the Pledge of Allegiance is “for all.” The writer could have ended it without those words but didn’t, stressed Kaine. “We have more work to do,” he added.

He said that in 2018 the Democrats are the party “for all people.” Kaine talked about the one vote that was cast that finally got Medicaid expansion approved, thus providing healthcare for 400,000 people with one vote.

He praised Democrats for passing Medicaid expansion for people who did not vote Democratic in the last election, won’t vote Democratic in the next election, or probably ever thank Democrats for expanding the program.

Kaine talked about the fight to save the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) and how close 20-30 million people came to losing their healthcare but didn’t because of Democrats.

When asked by Delegate Roslyn Tyler about the problem of high speed internet in rural areas like Emporia, Kaine said his office applies for grants and would love to work with her on the problem.

He said that President Donald Trump had promised to do something about infrastructure, and broadband should be considered part of the package because it is needed to draw businesses to the rural areas. Kaine praised Tyler. He said they worked well together on a bill to provide protection for spouses serving in the military who had trouble finding jobs and for protections for veterans returning home. He also noted that they worked together on a bill to help babies being born in rural localities.

Kaine also told the audience that they are close to passing immigration reform. “We only need a few more votes.” He said that when a bill hits President Trump’s desk he thinks it was his idea and passes it. Trump hasn’t vetoed a bill yet, Kaine said, as laughter erupted throughout the room.

About a dozen people attended a meeting at Golden Leaf Commons to hear Kaine and congressman Donald McEachin speak.

Kaine, attorney and politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Virginia since 2013, was the state’s 38th Lieutenant Governor (2002-2006) and 70th Governor (2006 to 2010). A Democrat, Kaine was the nominee of his party for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election, he noted.

He was first elected to public office in 1994, when he won a seat on the Richmond City Council. He was then elected Richmond Mayor in 1998, but left after being elected Lieutenant Governor in 2001. He was elected Governor in 2005 and was in that office from 2006-2010. He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009-2011.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton announced that she had selected Kaine to be her vice presidential running mate in the presidential election, and the Democratic National Convention nominated him.

The Clinton-Kaine ticket lost the Electoral College, and thus the election, to the Republican ticket of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

McEachin, a politician and lawyer who is the U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 4th district, served in the Virginia House of Delegates 1996–2002 and 2006–2008. From 2008 to 2017, he served in the Virginia Senate, representing the 9th district.

He also talked about the need for tax reform and how deep cuts in the tax bill was hurting individuals and helping big businesses.

McEachin ran for Congress for the open seat of Virginia’s 4th congressional district vacated by Republican Randy Forbes in 2016 and won the general election with 57.3 percent of the votes. He is running for that office again.

In 2001, he was the Democratic Party’s nominee for Attorney General of Virginia, but he lost the election to Jerry Kilgore.

He talked about how attending a Seminary changed and influenced his life, and talked about some of the same bills as Kaine did, such as a bill to help military spouses who have to follow their spouses from one location to another and worry about finding a new job.

McEachin said that because Republicans rushed the tax bill through they are now finding flaws and having to make adjustments and corrections. He also noted how the new tax law is hurting nonprofits such as churches.

He talked about the importance of the Democrats winning a majority of seats in the 2018 midterm election. McEachin went on to say that he expects a “blue wave” this November in the election.

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