Last Chance: Submit Questions to Tim Kaine

The candidate for U.S. Senate and former Virginia governor will answer questions in Dulles at AOL this Thursday. George Allen, Kaine's likely challenger, spoke at AOL May 4.

Tim Kaine, the Democratic candidate for the open Virginia U.S. Senate seat, will appear at the AOL campus in Dulles Thursday at 1 p.m. to speak with AOL employees and other guests.

George Allen, a former U.S. Senator and former Virginia governor, appeared at AOL May 4, and Patch , asked questions submitted by readers and invited a few readers to join the program.

Patch will be covering the forum and inviting a few readers from each Patch to attend in person. If you'd like to attend the event, send an email to patchpolitics@aol.com with your name, address and telephone number.

What Would You Like to Ask Tim Kaine? Tell Us in the Comments!

Patch editors will be questioning Kaine at the event, and we'd like to know what we should ask. What are the most important issues in the election? What would you like to ask Tim Kaine?

Allen and Kaine faced each other in a debate last December. Allen faces several other GOP challengers in a primary June 12, but he is widely considered the favorite to be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. Sen. Jim Webb (D) chose not to seek reelection.

Karen Gautney May 15, 2012 at 06:11 PM
What do you think is the biggest single thing the US can do to ensure our long term economic success?
Sheryl Owen May 15, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Sheryl Owen This year in Richmond and in Washington, politicians placed a large focus on rolling back women's access to health care. Do you support the rights of women to make their own health care choices?
Howard Burnette May 15, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Since the economy will be a key issue this fall, is your economic philosophy more in line with the Keynesians or the Austrians and why?
Daphne Cannon May 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM
To: Uncle Smarty Pants: You're not in charge here. I do not have to prove anything to you but Yes, I can give proof of many instances where a "strong young person from some other country ... received help before an elderly American or a child" Just go to your local social services offices. Look and Listen!! LOL, you idiot... I am not a right wing bigot. I do not listen to Glenn Beck or Rush, and I hate Fox News! Sounds to me like you are the one ranting! You should learn to spell before you rant.
Just the Facts May 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM
This guy is a politician for all the people not just some of the people. He was a great Governor. He will be an even better Senator. This is the kind of elected official we all can be proud of. This guy will be President some day.
Uncle Smartypants May 16, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I'm sorry, Daphne, I thought you were referring to law or policy, not the line at the local social services office. My bad. I think those things tend be first come, first serve regardless of age or nationality or physical strength. If the elderly or children want to receive help before the strong young person from some other country, they should probably get in line earlier. Again, my apologies, I was not considering the literal interpretation. Also, sorry about the typo.
Richard Holmquist May 16, 2012 at 01:24 AM
For the record, George Allen has also raised less than half his money from Virginians through the end of the March (www.vpap.org). This is a valid question for both candidates, but it probably reflects the importance by both parties to win a competitive race that could decide the majority party in the U.S. Senate.
Kelly MacConomy May 16, 2012 at 03:03 AM
What from your time as Governor best prepares you for the job of being a Senator?
Rk May 16, 2012 at 09:19 AM
Iam not ready to label Daphene a bigot or some right wing xenophobe.. unlike uncle smartypants (??) typical lib, don't like a persons point of view than their obviously a racist, bigot, homophobe , etc., etc. She did not label anyone, simpley expressed some frustration that she obviously experienced.
Rk May 16, 2012 at 09:31 AM
Your referring to the UN "LOST" treaty (seriously that's what it called must b an inside joke there) www.libertynewsonline.com/article_323_31836.php
Daphne Cannon May 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Uncle Smarty Pants...I am referring to law and policy but you just don't get it so just shut up! You shame the left wings!!
Bendy Viragh May 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM
The latest violation of our privacy is the use of drones to monitor citizens' activities (shades of "1984). Will you, as a Senator, condone or support this violation of our Constitutional rights?
Raek231 May 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM
...and the wars.
Raek231 May 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM
What do you believe was your greatest accomplishment and biggest failure while governor? Is there anything our current governor is doing or did that you don't agree with? Anything you are impressed with?
Bendy Viragh May 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Daphne you are a lone voice in the wilderness! I am an immigrant, albeit a legal one. I earned the honor of being a US citizen through service in our Military (Special Forces) during the Korean and Viet Nam wars. I welcome legal immigrants and their contributions to our country. However, I resent the do-goodder attitude of granting the benefits that we, as Americans enjoy and have earned, to people who broke our laws and came here or stayed here illegally. I do resent standing in line for services doled out to people who have no legal right to be here and who are getting these services, courtesy of the American taxpayers. I would love to hear Mr. Kaine's views on this subject.
barbara p May 16, 2012 at 05:09 PM
why is the democratic party, and President say they were going to help home owner with mortgage problems? and that is a joke. I am a reason widow and had been try for 20 months to modified my mortgage with Bank of America. I have send paper work 13 time and had about 15 different customer rep. Why would i put another democratic in office, And i am Democratic. democratic party stop packing yourself on the back.. Start listening to people who put you in office
Richard Holmquist May 16, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Mr. Kaine, Do you believe in human-induced global climate change? If so, what will you do in the senate to address it? A recent HBO series addressed the epidemic of obesity in the US, and suggested that enormous subsidies to the US corn & soybean industries are partly to blame. Do you support massive subsidies to US agriculture? What changes would you make to these subsidies, if any? What principles will you follow in seeking to bring down the national debt? How much do you think we should reduce our deficit and how?
Concerned Citizen May 17, 2012 at 01:05 PM
What alternate universe are you living in? The last 3.5 years has more than illustrated that, in fact, the traditional Democrat party no longer exists. What has replaced it is a socialist, big federal government-oriented, driving up our debt into the mega-trillions, spending our great-grandchildren's earnings, smothering the "worker" and all businesses, entity, attacking the first amendment and now the fourth with drones, Obamacare, an assault on the Constitution, the Supreme Court, just to name a few. And now, legislation is being considered to cede our power and wealth to the UN. A divide and conquer philosophy has replaced all past Democrat principled stances in order to divert voters from the failed policies of this current dominating party and dominate the political landscape with a "campaign that never ends." If we allow the Democrats as they exist today to continue to govern, then we face bankruptcy and ruin. So, Mr. Kaine, how do you separate yourself from the politics of our current administration, or do you plan to continue on their course? And, more importantly, do you believe in the sovereignity of the US, or should we be controlled by an all-powerful UN?
Dusty May 17, 2012 at 01:34 PM
None of these questions will be addressed with an honest answer. Tim Kaine is a joke and just another DNC professional politician.
Jody May 17, 2012 at 01:55 PM
What are your views on: tax reform, campaign finance reform, public employee unions and their pay/pensions, immigration reform, getting rid of the testing madness and the dumbing down of our schools, the link between autism and vaccines, getting high-fructose corn syrup out of processed foods, & changing 401(k) rules to enable people to save for retirement without having to play the stock market & keep their money in their local area to spur business investment.
CD May 17, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Mr. Kaine, What are you going to do about all the illegals in our country whose kids are overcrowding our schools and we the tax payers are paying for. Our schools are no longer one building but a building and a trailer park in the back. Homes in our neighborhood have three and four families in one house which causes our home values to decline. How are you going to fix this problem.
Richard Holmquist May 17, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Controlled by an all-powerful UN, "Concerned Citizen"? Speaking of alternate universes! I'm thrilled to support Tim Kaine for Senate. He's a day/night alternative to his competitor. George Allen was an ineffective senator (fortunately), and is among the worst governors that Virginia ever had. Do you recall his promotion of a Disney theme park in Manassas? Wouldn't it have been great for Mickey Mouse to give us all a perspective on slavery and the Civil War? All those great minimum wage jobs and Orlando sprawl? How about all those prisons that Allen bankrupted the state to build? How's that transportation network working out for you in Northern Virginia? Allen has fought climate change legislation, green energy projects and fuel efficiency standards. As governor he installed a rabid anti-environmental activist, Becky Norton Dunlop, as Secretary of Natural Resources in Virginia. Oh, and then there was that "macaca" incident that outed Allen as a good ole' boy racist. Let's focus this race on reality, results and records, not on science fiction and speculation.
Judy Heffner May 17, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Judy Heffner - The majority of new jobs are created by small businesses but many are still unable to get loans to grow or start. What can we do to increase capital for more small businesses to start up?
Mike May 17, 2012 at 04:40 PM
@Uncle Smartypants All of the other posts in this thread are well composed views from people representing many different points of view. Everyone except for you. Thank you for inserting your lame liberal partisan snipe. For this, I have a quote from 'Billy Madison' that best describes your post. "Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."
Catherine May 17, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Governor Kaine, if elected Senator, will you agree to stop these stupid diversionary issues like "the war on women" that your party perpetuates? A real war on women is happening in the Middle East and other parts of this world where women do not have the right to work, drive, own property or are sexually trafficked. Please pledge to deal with the REAL issues, including protections of women's health, without this ridiculous rhetoric adopted by the Democratic party. Good luck in your race.
Uncle Smartypants May 17, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Mike - you have either not read all the posts here or we have very different definitions of "well composed". Look, if people come on here and post blatant bigotry as facts, I'm going to call them out on it. I'm still waiting for the proof I asked for and no, "Go down to your local social services office and Look! Listen!" does not constitute proof. This is the right wing MO - keep telling the lie over and over again and it eventually becomes the truth in the eyes of so many in this uninformed electorate of ours. So Daphne, nothing personal, you're probably a very nice person, but I take great umbrage at those kinds of misleading generalizations without any foundation of truth. Sorry.
Nate McKenzie May 17, 2012 at 05:44 PM
CC - hyperbole much?
CD May 17, 2012 at 05:45 PM
To Uncle Smartypants: I have an example for you. My son is heading to kindergarten in the fall and his school the majority (over 50%) of students in the kindergarten classes do not speak English. My son will be in a class where the majority are just learning English. My son will not be learning everything he could be learning in order to teach the non-English speaking the English language. I find that unbelievable that that do not separate the kids between those who speak English and the non-English speaking.
Richard Holmquist May 17, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I attended the talk (thanks, Patch!). Gov. Kaine answered my first question above. He said there is a scientific consensus that humans are affecting climate and that he's an absolute believer that humans are affecting climate - in contrast to his opponent who questions the science of climate change. He said he was a supporter of cap & trade legislation, but he thinks a more acceptable method of moving away from a carbon-based economy in today's political climate is to offer financial incentives to green technology and take away subsidies to oil companies. To those like George Allen who scoff at green energy, he points to the fact that 35% of the new power that's come online since 2007 has been wind power - second only to natural gas. This is equipment that can be designed and manufactured in the USA. He thinks government should support that effort.
Lauren Jost May 17, 2012 at 07:39 PM
The article from today's ask Kaine session can be viewed here: http://reston.patch.com/articles/tim-kaine


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