Sen. Tim Kaine on supreme court nominee, trade war


Wednesday morning, WDVM caught up with Senator Tim Kaine (D – Va.) on issues impacting Virginians, internationally, nationally and locally.

Supreme court nominee:

Kaine said he has not yet made a final decision on supreme court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Kaine said he plans to discuss with Kavanaugh cases that may impact health care reform, an amendment that defines citizenship and forbids states from restricting the basic rights of citizens, women’s reproductive healthcare and checks against unconstitutional actions.

He plans to ask Kavanaugh “these questions” in person, then watch what happens during the upcoming hearings, before making a decision.

Trade war:

Coming off of a statewide campaign tour, Kaine said he is alarmed by how many farmers are telling him they’re impacted by the trade war.

“The tariffs that are being imposed in retaliation by other nations are hitting pork, chickens, soybeans very very hard, as well as apples and other agricultural products and I heard particularly when I was on the road last week from those who are soybean farmers that these tariffs are hurting them”

Friday, the White house hit China with $34 billion in tariffs — China responded with $34 billion of their own. The retaliatory tariffs appear to be targeting agriculture. An industry already vulnerable to price changes, and a demographic [farmers] that tends to be supportive of the president. Meaning the tariffs are also an attack on political capital.

Agriculture and forestry is the largest sector of Virginia’s economy.

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