Richmond, VA - Today, former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine continued his campaign closing tour of Virginia with economic and community events in Northern Virginia. In the morning, Kaine visited Northern Virginia churches for worship services at Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville, First A.M.E. Church of Manassas, and Holy Family Catholic Church in Dale City. Following these visits with community members, Kaine visited Falls Church where he shared his economic strategies with some of the more than 100 small business owners in Eden Center.

“Small and startup businesses like those here in Eden Center are the backbone of our economy and powerful jobs creators,” said Kaine. “If we level the playing field for small and startup businesses and invest in the infrastructure and workforce they need to succeed we can create jobs and strengthen the economy right away while guaranteeing our competitiveness for the long term.”

Following the tour, Kaine held a rally with more than 100 friends and members of Northern Virginia’s Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Kaine spoke about the importance of attracting global talent to strengthen the nation’s economy, his commitment to quality educational opportunities, and the importance of grassroots energy in this race.

“In a global economy, each new Virginian and new American is another global connection that can strengthen our economy,” said Kaine. “I celebrate the rich tapestry that has made Virginia’s economy a national leader. As senator, I’m going to promote policies that return us to our position as the most talented nation in the world. That’s going to take investments and reforms in our education system, our workforce training, and our immigration policies. Border security is certainly important, but immigration policy should principally be about ensuring that we have the most talented workforce in the world.”

Kaine will continue his campaign closing tour across Virginia tomorrow with events in Norfolk with Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, Sterling with Vice President Joe Biden and Senators Webb and Warner, and Richmond with Vice President Biden, Senators Webb and Warner, and singer John Mellencamp. Yesterday, he joined President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton for a grassroots rally in Prince William County and held grassroots events in Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Falls Church. Kaine previously held events on his tour with Senator Mark Warner in Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Roanoke, Wise, Bristol, Martinsville, Danville, and Emporia.