Richmond, VA - Today, former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine met with voters at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Forum in Virginia Beach where he participated in the Meet Your Candidates series and shared his strategies for creating jobs and strengthening the economy for the long term. Throughout the discussion, Kaine spoke about issues of importance to the Jewish community, including his strong support for Israel and the dangers Iran presents to maintaining global security.
"I was proud to join the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater to discuss the unparalleled and steadfast relationship the United States shares with Israel," Kaine said of the event. "As senator, I will strongly support measures to enhance Israel's security and bolster the ties between our two nations that have only strengthened over time. As we take on challenges, including the threat of a nuclear Iran, it is vital that we continue to work with Israelis to combat threats in the Middle East and ensure the security of Israel and its people."
Kaine also discussed his economic vision and shared his forward-focused strategies to strengthen the economy, develop the world's most talented workforce, and level the playing field for small businesses. Kaine advocated a balanced approach to address the federal deficit, which he contrasted with the risky, all-cuts approach of his opponent, George Allen, emphasizing the importance of investments in education and infrastructure to develop a talent economy and move Virginia forward. Kaine also laid out his three-part plan to avoid the impending sequestration cuts by allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for individuals making more than $500,000, ending subsidies for the big five oil companies, and allowing the government to negotiate cheaper prescription drug prices in Medicare.
"We've seen encouraging signs of economic recovery lately but we must do more to create jobs and increase growth," said Kaine. "Unfortunately, Congress continues to be a persistent barrier to getting things done for Virginia and the country. I believe there are some Virginia lessons I can bring to Washington that will improve our economy by leveling the playing field for small businesses, investing in infrastructure projects that will hire people today and increase our capacity for long-term growth, and training our workers with the skills they need to be successful in a global economy. I am committed to going to Washington to work with members of both parties on these issues to grow our economy, and to address our debt and deficit so we responsibly get our fiscal house in order."
Since the beginning of the year, Kaine has traveled across Virginia to meet with thousands of voters and community members to listen to their concerns and share his economic vision to create jobs and strengthen the economy.