This past weekend before the first football game of the season, former Virginia Governor and current Candidate for Senate Tim Kaine and Fifth District democratic congressional candidate General John Douglass attended a tailgate hosted by the University Democrats.
The two came to speak about their campaigns but also to offer advice to the students present about a future in policy making.
General John Douglass began by telling those present why he decided to run for Congress citing the state of the economy and stressing theimportance of creating new innovative jobs. He also discussed social issues which Virginians are facing, “It’s about your personal freedoms” he said, “ particularly if you’re a young woman. The other side is trying to move us back 50 years.”
And while for most present this statement warranted applause, the George Allen supporters attending the tailgate did not appreciate the many references to women’s rights issues saying, “The real issue is the Economy. Democrats are refusing to discuss the real issues and instead try to distract voters with this so called war on women because they know they’d lose.”
Though when Tim Kaine spoke he too went to great lengths to discuss jobs and the economy, saying that the solution lies in education reform, immigration reform, and, “connecting veterans back to the workforce”, opening the job industry to a variety of talents. It seems that former Governor Tim Kaine considers this regard for ‘ talent’ one of his best qualities, reminding those present of his record as governor with education reform citing his work on the bond package for higher education, his work on the education committee and his work with early childhood education.
In his closing remarks Tim Kaine said, “The power of the regular everyday person to influence the election process is still more powerful [than Citizens United]. This is going to be a close election and close elections are tipped by grassroots activity.”
When asked by a student if either of them any advice had for students at the university General John Douglass added,” Seek the truth and cling to it because in the end the truth will win”