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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Is He or Isn't He?

Much has been written over the last several months about how Virginia's anti-gun governor Tim Kaine is on the list of potential Vice Presidential choices for Barrack Obama. We have one more example in yesterday's Politico that says Kaine is now at the top of the "short list." I remain skeptical for a number of reasons. Sure, Kaine might be enough to put Virginia into the Democrats list of states won but as Jim Geraghty points out over at National Review's Campaign Spot, Kaine is as inexperienced as Obama. Kaine has only been Governor for 2 1/2 years and while his approval ratings are high (they usually are despite who is Governor at this point in their terms) he would invite the same questions that Obama already does among undecided voters.

For gun owners watching the race with interest, an Obama/Kaine ticket would definitely qualify as the most anti-gun ticket in history. Both Obama and Kaine supported the DC gun ban (Obama did not sign the congressional amicus brief and Kaine opposed Attorney General Bob McDonnell's signing the amicus brief circulated among state attorneys general). Obama opposes concealed carry and Kaine vetoed two important concealed carry reforms this year.

In the end, I don't think Kaine will be the choice - but - I don't play the lottery either so I'm not ready to bet on my gut feeling yet.

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