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A dispatch from Jed Duvall–
It was a beautiful day for a drive around the Blue Ridge neighborhood and Tim Kaine did so this past Tuesday, starting with breakfast in Culpeper.
Maybe a hundred people eating and listening. But the Senator limited himself to a few sips of coffee. That’s because soon it was time to leave for the Headmaster’s Pub in Sperryville, where Democrats – perhaps ninety in number – had assembled in the game room to hear him speak.
Kaine of course talked up the campaign of Leslie Cockburn — who was campaigning too, but in Danville and Farmville — and pointed out that he, the Senator, is proud to join each and every one of the seven candidates for the Congress in campaigning, and in have their names on signs. He pointed out that Republicans do not, for the most part, have both names on campaign signs, and often keep distance from one another.
The Senator touched on many national issues, naturally, but won a large burst of applause when he said the words “immigration reform.” To Kaine, the issue is not building a wall but what to do about the millions of people who came to the U.S. on visas and have simply “overstayed.” He also estimated that the issue does not mean much to President Trump, who treats it as what he called “in case of fire, break glass” – in other words, an issue useful to fall back on.
This was a campaign talk, and the Senator emphasized the final two words of the Pledge of Allegiance, “for all.” The Democrats, he claimed, are the party “For All.” As he put it, “we Democrats do the heavy lifting” even on issues, such as health care, “which benefits everyone, even those who don’t support us, and still they won’t say ‘thank you’.”
The crowd heard about the hopes for a blue wave on November 6th, but Kaine said, “we also need a blue wave of compassion and a blue wave of decency” in America.
On the many difficult issues that will face the new Congress next year, the Senator was positive. He sees the President as concerned not with principle, nor with party but only with one “p” word: popularity. His own popularity with little or no care for anything else, the Senator feels.
After an hour and three quarters of speech and audience questions, it was still a lovely day for a drive, and the Senator’s car was waiting. On to Page county, then Shenandoah and – still more stops – two events in Fairfax tonight.