Pence and Kaine, 5 Things to Know About the Men Who Want to be Vice-President

Tuesday night, the Democratic and Republican nominees for Vice President will meet for the one and only debate between Pence and Tim Kaine. Both men will be responsible this evening for helping to define what their candidacy and their running mates’ plans are for the future if elected to the White House in November. Both, Kaine and Pence have a long history of public service so let’s break down a few facts on each candidate.

1. Governor Mike Pence of Indiana was elected in 2012 but is known mostly for his signing of the Religious Freedom bill into law in 2015. The measure has been controversial as it states that the government cannot intrude on a person’s religious liberty unless it can show a compelling interest in imposing that burden and do so in the least restrictive manner. An example would be a family run bakery would not be forced to produce a wedding cake for a gay couple as it would impede on their religious values.

2. Pence is a devout evangelical Christian who regularly talks about his faith. He describes himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.”

3. Pence signed into law one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. In March 2016, Pence signed a law that prohibits women from obtaining an abortion due to the race, gender, or disability of the fetus, making Indiana only the second state in the nation to do this.

4. Pence had two unsuccessful bids for the House of Representatives before winning the seat in 2000 and serving for 12 years. In Congress, Pence fought for conservative issues and even fought to pass legislature to make marriage only legal between a man and woman. Following his terms in Congress, Pence was elected governor in 2012.

5. Originally, Pence endorsed Senator Ted Cruz for President. Cruz’s Christian and conservative were more in tune with the values Pence has shown while in public life. As Cruz dropped out of the race, Pence jumped on the Trump bandwagon and was nominated by Trump as his running mate in July, 2016.

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine nominated by Hillary Clinton as Vice President in July 2016 days before the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia.

1. Senator Tim Kaine has served as governor, a senator and a Democratic National party chair. He also served as a member of Richmond City Council, then the Mayor of Richmond, then Lt. Governor, then onto being the Governor of Virginia in 2006 to 2010.
2. Prior to entering politics, he was a clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and then a lecturer at the University of Richmond.

3. While studying at Harvard Law, Kaine took time off from his studies to perform missionary work in Honduras. Through his work there, Kaine became fluent in Spanish, and taught he taught carpentry and welding. When Kaine was elected to the Senate in 2012 he became the first U.S. senator to deliver a speech from the Senate floor in Spanish.

4. In 2008, Kaine endorsed and worked for then Senator Barack Obama in his campaign against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

5. Kaine regards himself as Pro Choice although he is Catholic and has said of abortion, “Personally I’m opposed to abortion, and personally I’m opposed to the death penalty.” Kaine concludes though that these are moral decisions and that the government should not intrude “into these personal decisions.”