Richmond, VA - Today, Tim Kaine released a new television ad featuring fellow former governor and current U.S. Senator Mark Warner. The ad, "Great Team," highlights the work Kaine and Warner did to bring both parties together to move Virginia forward and promote fiscal responsibility in the Commonwealth.
"We were a great team in Richmond," Warner says in the thirty second ad as he walks in front of the capitol building in Richmond, referencing the work he and Kaine did over nearly a decade to improve business friendliness, recruit companies to the Commonwealth, invest in educating Virginia's workers, and make tough fiscal decisions to balance the budget.
"And we'll be a great team in Washington," Kaine continues. Both Kaine and Warner have endorsed a balanced, bipartisan approach to responsibly reduce the federal budget deficit that makes significant cuts but also leaves room for investments in education, infrastructure, and other key areas to grow the economy and create jobs.
WATCH: "GREAT TEAM"
"I'm proud to have Mark's strong support. He knows we need more senators who have a proven track record of reaching across the aisle, listening, finding compromise and getting results," said Kaine. "The lessons I learned working with Mark when I was Lieutenant Governor helped me immeasurably as I led Virginia through the worst recession since the Great Depression. Just as we've been partners in the past to make sure Virginia leads the nation in so many ways, we will be great partners in the Senate as we find common sense solutions to fix our budget and create jobs."
"Tim is exactly the kind of problem solver we need in the U.S. Senate. Virginia made great strides under his leadership during the worst national recession in 70 years, winning accolades like Best State for Business, Best Managed State, and best state to raise a child," said Warner. "I couldn't be more proud to support Tim's campaign and look forward to having his bipartisan approach in Washington to help tackle the challenges we face."
During this campaign, Kaine and Warner have hosted economic events and conversations across the state including at the Port of Virginia in Hampton Roads, an energy startup in Northern Virginia, and a defense contractor in Fredericksburg. “Great Team" is the latest television ad released by Kaine and will run in markets across the Commonwealth. Support from more than 40,000 donors has allowed Kaine for Virginia to purchase $7.5 million in advertising for the fall campaign.
TV :30 - "Great Team"
KAINE: “As governor, I cut $5 billion in spending and balanced the budget every year.”
BALANCED THE BUDGET]
Richmond Times-Dispatch: "Kaine Worked With Legislators To Cut More Than $5 Billion…And Balance The Budget." The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, “Reeling from the downturn and faced with three years of revenue shortfalls, Kaine worked with legislators to cut more than $5 billion to offset dwindling revenues and balance the budget. Over his tenure, the state's general fund dropped from $15.1 billion to $14.8 billion — or 2 percent, marking the first time in decades that the fund shrank during a governor's term.” [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/7/12]
AP: Kaine Cut Nearly $6 Billion And Balanced The Budget. The Associated Press reported, “While the recession depleted revenues, Kaine and the General Assembly cut nearly $6 billion and never finished a fiscal year with insufficient funds…” [Associated Press, 11/10/11]
WARNER: “And Tim Kaine and I both cut our own pay as governors to lead by example.”
BOTH CUT THEIR OWN PAY]
Richmond Times-Dispatch: “Kaine Is Taking A 5 Percent Pay Cut.” [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/1/07]
2007: Kaine Returned 5 Percent Of His Annual Salary. The Washington Times reported, “Mr. Kaine also plans to return 5 percent of his annual salary and defer pay raises to administration staffers.” [Washington Times, 10/2/07]
Daily Press: Warner “Valiantly Cut His Own Pay When He Trimmed The State Budget.” The Daily Press reported, “By statute, Warner is entitled to $124,854.96, but valiantly cut his own pay when he trimmed the state budget.” [The Daily Press, 3/26/04]
KAINE: “Mark Warner and I reached across party lines to get things done.”
Warner Worked With Republicans To Pass Record Investment In Education
Warner Worked With A Republican General Assembly To Pass The Largest Investment In K-12 Education In Virginia’s History. Washingtonian Magazine reported, “Education was a pet issue for Warner, one he pushed nationally as chair of the National Governors' Association. His instate education reforms--which included the largest investment in K-12 education in Virginia's history and the second-largest increase in college and university funding in the nation (after years of cuts)--allowed greater accountability and, he claims, helped lead to the nation's highest SAT score increase in math.” [Washingtonian Magazine, February 2006]
Kaine Worked With Republicans To Pass A Record Higher Education Bond Package
2008: General Assembly Agreed to $1.4 Billion Bond Package For Higher Ed, Which Kaine Called “Critical to Our Economic Success.” The Bond Buyer reported, “Virginia lawmakers late Tuesday reached a preliminary agreement on a $1.4 billion bond package to fund construction at the state's colleges, parks, and mental health facilities. . . . ‘The General Assembly has worked very hard over the last months to advance our higher education bond proposal,’ Kaine said in a statement. ‘The completion of their work will signal a record investment in Virginia's higher education institutions, which are absolutely critical to our economic success.’” [The Bond Buyer, 4/17/08]
Roanoke Times: $1.4 Billion Bond Package For Higher Education A Rare Moment To Be Proud Of All Lawmakers.In an editorial, the Roanoke Times wrote, “Rare is the moment when Virginians can look to Richmond and be proud of every single lawmaker. It's been a long time coming, but just such an auspicious occasion occurred last week when all lawmakers agreed to a $1.46 billion bond package that, for the most part, will be spent bettering the state's universities and community colleges.” [Editorial, Roanoke Times, 4/28/08]
Kaine Worked With President Bush To Secure $900 Million In Federal Investment For Rail To Dulles
2009: Working With The Bush Administration, Kaine Secured Federal Funding For Rail To Dulles. According to the Washington Post, “U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters gave the final federal seal of approval to plans to extend Metrorail to Dulles International Airport…ensuring that the $5.2 billion project can move forward without restrictions. […] ‘It's an exhilarating feeling,’ said Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), who praised Peters and Northern Virginia's congressional delegation for working together to keep the rail line alive. ‘It's going to be a wonderful project for the whole region.’” [Washington Post, 1/8/09]
Kaine Announced Signing Of $900 Million Funding Agreement For Dulles Rail Project. Kaine said the following in a statement on the signing of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project Full Funding Grant Agreement between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the MWAA: “One of my top transportation priorities has been to see Dulles Rail become a reality. The signing of the $900 million Full Funding Grant Agreement for Phase 1 of the project is an accomplishment that has taken more than 10 years to achieve and I am proud to have this honor.” [Kaine Administration Press Release, 3/10/09]
Kaine Worked With Republicans To Preserve Open Space
Kaine’s Land Trust Program “Secured More Than 400,000 Acres” Of Land During His Gubernatorial Term.According to the Daily Press, “Tim Kaine, secured more than 400,000 acres during his four years as governor.” [Daily Press, 7/5/11]
Kaine Worked With Republicans To Ban Smoking In Bars
March 2009: Kaine Signed Into Law A Ban On Smoking In Bars And Restaurants. According to the Daily Press, Kaine “signed into law a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants and bars . . . The ban is a significant victory for Kaine in his final session in the executive mansion, and is likely to become a campaign trail issue this fall, when all members of the House of Delegates stand for re-election.” [Daily Press, 3/10/09]
WARNER: “We were a great team in Richmond.”
KAINE: “And we’ll be a great team in Washington. I’m Tim Kaine and I approve this message.”
WARNER: “Because we’ll work together to restore our fiscal responsibility, grow our economy, and create jobs.”
MALE VOICE: “Tim Kaine—bringing people together to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.”
APPROVED BY TIM KAINE. PAID FOR BY KAINE FOR VIRGINIA.]