Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tim Kaine Explains Why He Didn't Go After Pence's Anti-LGBT Record During VP Debate

LGBT advocates were surprised Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Tim Kaine didn't bring up his Republican counterpart's record on LGBT issues.

As many know, Gov. Mike Pence has one of the most virulently anti-LGBT in the country, most recently his signing into law a "religious freedom" bill in his state that, for all intents and purposes, legalized discrimination against LGBTs. Eventually, national outcry forced the governor to add a "fix" to the legislation that stated the law could not be used for discrimination.

Speaking to CNN, Kaine noted that the moderator didn't ask any direct questions addressing LGBT rights.

Kaine then admitted that, while there was an opportunity there, he wanted to keep the focus on Clinton and Trump.

“Well, it is the case that there was no question that was asked that dealt with Governor Pence or just the issue of LGBT equality,” Kaine told CNN. “Hillary and I are strongly for LGBT equality, including marriage equality, and a Trump-Pence ticket is deeply against it, especially Governor Pence.”

“I viewed this as fundamentally a debate that was about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, not about Tim Kaine and Mike Pence. So I went in with the thought that, look, Hillary Clinton is the top of the ticket, and Donald Trump is the top of the ticket, and that’s where I’m going to focus.”

Watch Kaine explain below.

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