“America’s Dad” has had a busy week on the road.
Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has been crossing the commonwealth on a week-long tour, speaking with voters alongside other democrats running this November.
In Winchester, he joined Jennifer Wexton, a Virginia state senator who is running against republican representative Barbara Comstock in Virginia’s 10th congressional district. They met with voters at the Espresso Bar and Cafe in downtown Winchester.
Kaine and Wexton say the key to winning in November is building a unified democratic platform of Virginia For All, from city council to Congress. The two are even sharing volunteers and a field office in Winchester, located on the walking mall.
“As democrats, we know that when we work together, we’re stronger and do better things,” said Wexton. “So we are running a fully coordinated campaign.”
The senator fielded audience questions after his speech. When a woman asked him about the undocumented children being separated from their parents, Kaine assured her he would work for family reunification.
He stressed the importance of comprehensive immigration reform, but balked at the idea of abolishing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE. The idea is gaining traction among progressive democrats nationally, such as senators Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).
Kaine’s opponent Corey Stewart actually claimed that Kaine wanted to abolish ICE at a rally June 30, which Kaine denied, pointing to his record as a senator.
“I believe in comprehensive immigration reform, in exactly the way I voted for it in June of 2013,” said Kaine. “That bill did not abolish ICE. We need to make our agencies better and we need to have better policies.”
Kaine remains confident in his platform of Virginia For All, but it remains to be seen whether a county like Frederick, where 65 percent of voters supported President Trump in 2016, will go for it.