Tim Kaine Joins the Fray as Democrats Attack GOP on LGBT Issues

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) (Photo credit: Disney | ABC Television Group via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) (Photo credit: Disney | ABC Television Group via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)

Yesterday, The Pulse covered a shift in certain state-level Democrats’ campaign style toward a more aggressive stance on social issues. The left hopes to put incumbent conservatives on the defensive and set the tone for the election in terms favorable to their social agenda.

Now, Democratic VP nominee Tim Kaine is joining in the attacks on GOP leaders like North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.

“Now, I know in North Carolina, there’s been some pain over this issue. They snuck through in the legislature this HB 2, and they tried to introduce it kind of in the dead of night,” Kaine said. “You all have stood up in a major way and you’ve said this is not who we are. This is not who North Carolina is. These are not our values. And that’s one of the reasons why North Carolina is so intensely focused on this race.”

“We’ve just been making progress and overcoming our imperfections and becoming that more perfect union and one of the most recent battles that’s been really powerful is the battle for LGBT equality,” Kaine added. “It’s just been one more wall that we had to knock down to be all we can be.”

Of course, as has been stated elsewhere, Tim Kaine’s statements on social issues have been hypocritical and often incoherent. Upon a candid assessment of the man’s record, he has little ground to stand on when discussing these issues.

Conservatives ought to urge their candidates to stand firm against Kaine. Calling a one-sided truce will only let people like Tim Kaine dominate the news cycle. Really, conservatives ought to actively campaign against Kaine and his attacks. Conservatives ought to tell the truth — that so-called “moderate” Democrats are actually radicals-in-sheep’s-clothing.

This is an opportunity to turn the tables on the far left. Conservatives cannot afford to miss it.

Michael Lucchese works for the American Principles Project.