KAINE TOURS VIRGINIA WITH WARNER, SHARES ECONOMIC VISION

"Kaine said it is the 'talent' of people, like those who work at Rosetta Stone, that will bring our country back to where it needs to be." [WHSV]

“Kaine pointed at some of his work in Southside from when he was governor — like funneling funding for the new Robertson Bridge and businesses Essel Propack and EBI — as example to how he would be bipartisan if elected to Senate.” [Danville Register and Bee]

"Former Gov. Timothy Kaine and Sen. Mark Warner stopped in Lynchburg on the Senate campaign trail Thursday to cheer on local Democratic campaign workers and brag about the successful Amtrak train that Kaine helped start."  [News Advance]

"Tim Kaine stopped at the Lynchburg train station to highlight his plan for investing in American infrastructure." [WDBJ]

Kaine "wants Virginians to convince others to support his campaign. A personal conversation is more likely to influence someone than a political ad, he said." [Bristol Herald Courier]

Richmond, VA - As part of his campaign closing tour of Virginia, Tim Kaine spent the last two days visiting 10 cities across the Commonwealth with Senator Mark Warner. The two traveled nearly 1,000 miles to tell Virginia voters why Kaine is the best candidate to create jobs, strengthen the economy, responsibly balance the budget, and break through the partisan gridlock in Washington.

During stops in Alexandria, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Roanoke, Wise, Bristol, Martinsville, Danville, and Emporia, Kaine spoke about his Virginia-based strategies to create jobs through investments in infrastructure, education, and workforce, as well as a more level playing field for small and startup businesses. He also advocated a balanced approach to deficit reduction that will protect key priorities and allow for investments that will grow the economy. Finally, he shared his commitment to finding common ground in Washington and bringing people together to get results.

Kaine’s tour will continue today with events in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Falls Church, and Prince William County. Some of the coverage from the tour’s first two days is below.

Alexandria Patch: Tim Kaine says there are still undecided voters to be had in the final days of his campaign for U.S. Senate, while the primary focus shifts toward getting out the vote on Tuesday… In the ad, Kaine promises to bring “more partnership and less partisanship to Washington” to reduce the debt, to invest in schools and small businesses and to grown the middle class and create jobs… Kaine said the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, which uses traditional boat building to help at-risk and disadvantaged youth acquire job skills and secure career-path jobs, is an example of improving what he calls the “talent” end of career and technical education programs.

Staunton News Leader:  The American military is becoming more of a “flexible force” than a “fixed force,” former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine told a crowd during a campaign stop Thursday. Kaine spoke on a wide range of issues for about 45 minutes for a town hall style gathering in the parking lot of Rosetta Stone, the language-learning software company started in downtown Harrisonburg… Kaine is vying for the Senate seat with Republican former governor George Allen in next week’s elections.

Daily News Record: Tim Kaine discussed talent development and growing global connections with Rosetta Stone employees Thursday, his final U.S. Senate campaign stop in the area before Tuesday’s election. The former Democratic governor brought Sen. Mark Warner, a longtime friend, law school classmate and fellow Democrat, with him for the town hall event at the downtown business…The best predictors of business success are talent and global connections, Kaine told employees outside Rosetta Stone, a language-learning software company that got its start in Harrisonburg and retains a significant workforce in the city. He mentioned the importance that Spanish, which he speaks fluently, has had on his life, including a mission trip to Honduras… Growing export opportunities and building relationships abroad — Dulles International Airport added daily service to Beijing while he was governor, he notes — are important to the Virginia economy, he said. “People are global connectors,” Kaine said.

Waynesboro News Virginian: Bolstered by a slight lead in recent polls, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine spent Thursday on a whirlwind tour of five cities in the Shenandoah Valley, Northern Virginia, and central and western Virginia. Kaine offered thanks to campaign volunteers at a couple of the stops. Accompanying the former governor was his longtime friend and possible future U.S. Senate colleague, Mark Warner. “He will go to the Senate, roll up his sleeves and get things done,” Warner said of Kaine during a noontime stop at the language software company Rosetta Stone. Kaine and Warner met with the Rosetta Stone employees outside on a cool autumn day. Kaine told them that the keys to America’s future are developing the country’s talent and making global connections. He said the reason Virginia has risen to seventh in per capita income in the country is in part because “we embraced talent.”

WHSV: Senate Candidate Tim Kaine and Senator Mark Warner stopped by Rosetta Stone on Thursday. The two talked about the importance of making 'global connections' to build our economy. Kaine said it is the 'talent' of people, like those who work at Rosetta Stone, that will bring our country back to where it needs to be. "I'm a huge fan of the business model of the need for Americans to have language acquisition skills and all people to have multiple language fluencies. My ability to speak Spanish has been this wonderful dimension to my life and so I love what Rosetta Stone does." Kaine said the Senate race has been extremely close and their campaign still has five challenging days ahead.

NBC29: With just five days until Election Day, candidates are starting to make their last rounds.  Senate candidate Tim Kaine and Senator Mark Warner stopped in downtown Charlottesville. The Democrats wanted to thank the volunteers in Charlottesville's Organizing for America office.  They also encouraged supporters to keep pushing through to Election Day. "To talk to both the folks that we know are in our corner, just make sure that they can get to the polls and they have the information they need about where they're voting etc.," Kaine said.  "And then those that remain undecided, and we all know a few, I mean, we can all think of a few, trying to help them make up their mind."

Cavalier Daily: Senator Mark Warner and democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine spoke at a rally Thursday afternoon at the Obama headquarters on the downtown mall. With five days left before election day, the politicians stressed the urgency of last-minute campaigns and encouraged supporters to remain strong in their efforts to sway undecided voters with one-on-one phone calls and door to door solicitations. Recent polls in Virginia have shown the presidential race virtually tied, although a Washington Post poll from Sunday showed Kaine with a seven point lead over former Republican Gov. George Allen, with a margin of error of 2.5 points. “Four years ago we changed the guard here…now we have to guard the change,” Warner said Thursday. If Obama wins the state of Virginia, he is statistically all but certain to win re-election.

The Hook:  Former governors Tim Kaine and Mark Warner stopped by Democratic headquarters on the Downtown Mall November 1 in a home-stretch push to elect Kaine to the U.S. Senate. "In five days now, he'll be the great new junior senator," said Senator Warner. "Even if I have to hear junior all the time, we'll be a great team," said Kaine. Kaine urged the party faithful crammed into and spilling out of the campaign headquarters to convert undecideds to the Dem ticket. "It's going to be really close," he said. "We feel a real surge in Virginia," said Fifth District congressional candidate John Douglass, who does not enjoy the same close polling that President Obama and Kaine do in Virginia. "They tend to make up their minds on congressmen last," observed Douglass.

Lynchburg News & Advance: Former Gov. Timothy Kaine and Sen. Mark Warner stopped in Lynchburg on the Senate campaign trail  Thursday to cheer on local Democratic campaign workers and brag about the successful Amtrak train that Kaine helped start. “I’m a huge rail fan,” Kaine told a dozen supporters who gathered on the platform of the Kemper Street Station in 49-degree weather for a news conference that also included Lynchburg councilwoman Joan Foster and former Del. Shannon Valentine. Kaine is locked in a close race with another former governor, George Allen, for the Senate seat Allen once held.

WDBJ: The race for Virginia's Senate seat was front and center in different parts of Lynchburg Thursday afternoon. Tim Kaine stopped at the Lynchburg train station to highlight his plan for investing in American infrastructure. Kaine talked about his work as governor to expand Amtrak service in Virginia. Amtrak is partially subsidized by government, but Kaine says the service is an investment that generates jobs and economic growth.

WSET: They have passionate ideas about the future of our country, strong supporters on each side, and millions spent on their campaigns, and they're not running for president. Lynchburg became the battleground for Virginia's U.S. Senate race Thursday. Tim Kaine stumped at the Kemper Street Station. George Allen's wife Susan spoke at Liberty University. After months of campaigning, this incredibly close race is winding down. Both campaigns are kicking it into the highest gear. While George Allen spent the day stumping with Mitt Romney in Roanoke, Tim Kaine had an important ally of his own.

Bristol Herald Courier: With political campaigns heading down the homestretch, the candidates and their parties are working hard to rally the troops. On Friday, area Democrats rallied at the Bristol Public Library with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine, U.S. congressional candidate Anthony Flaccavento, state Sen. Phillip Puckett and others. About 100 people attended, giving the candidates a standing ovation as they walked into the room. “That is so helpful to me,” Kaine said of the crowd’s enthusiasm. “You are really tired after a 19-month ride. We had a great crowd at Wise. We have been seeing great crowds all over the place. I feel real good about it. … We are seeing good signs.” Puckett said everyone needs to convince others to vote and support Democratic candidates. “Turnout is the key,” he said.

Kingsport Times News: Virginia Democratic congressional candidates Tim Kaine and Anthony Flaccavento made their closing pitches to voters Friday during a rally at the Bristol Public Library. Kaine and Flaccavento did a joint campaign appearance with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and state Sen. Phillip Puckett, D-Lebanon. Polls indicate that Kaine, a former governor and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is deadlocked with Republican George Allen in a race for Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Jim Webb. “This Senate race is about the closest one in the United States, and the presidential ballot in Virginia is just about the closest one in the United States,” Kaine told supporters. “The bad news is it puts pressure on us. The good news is your person-to-person effort over the next few days is going to have more of an impact in a close state than it would virtually everywhere else.” There are up to 150,000 undecided Virginia voters who are “waiting for a positive word from someone they trust,” Kaine said.

Danville Register & Bee: With four days before voters head to the polls, Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine made one last swing through the Dan River Region and brought his long-time friend, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., to rally the crowd for the Democratic ticket for Kaine, President Barack Obama and 5th District congressional candidate John Douglass. “I’ve known Tim Kaine for 32 years,” said Warner, who added he would be proud to have Kaine, his “good friend” serving beside him as Virginia junior’s senator. Kaine, Warner and Douglass addressed about 60 supporters at the Danville Democratic headquarters before they went to phone bank and help get out the vote. Kaine pointed at some of his work in Southside from when he was governor — like funneling funding for the new Robertson Bridge and businesses Essel Propack and EBI — as example to how he would be bipartisan if elected to Senate.

WDBJ: There's less than four days left until the election. Friday democratic candidates are on the home stretch, campaigning across the state. Senator Mark Warner and former Governor Tim Kaine made a quick stop in Danville Friday afternoon. The pair visited the democratic headquarters to rally support…Both Warner and Kaine started campaigning Friday morning in western Virginia and ended in the eastern part of the state.

WSET: Democratic Candidates Kick Off Phone Bank in Danville—Democratic candidates are revving up voters in Danville. Tim Kaine, Mark Warner and John Douglass were all at the Danville Democratic Headquarters Friday. They kicked off a phone bank to get people to vote…The candidates made stops at several areas in the Commonwealth Friday and will make their last stop in Emporia.

South Hill Enterprise: Gov. Kaine and Gov. Mark Warner — now U.S. Senator Mark Warner — will be in attendance at a rally for Kaine for U.S. Senate in Emporia at 6:15 p.m. at the Democratic field office, 425 South Main St., Emporia. According to the announcement sent to the I-M by the Kaine campaign, the former governors will be here to “tell the voters why he [Kaine] is the best candidate to create jobs, strengthen the economy, responsibly balance the budget, and break through the partisan gridlock in Washington.”

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