This afternoon, former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine spoke to members of the agriculture community at the Agriculture and Forestry U.S. Senate candidate forum in Lynchburg. During the discussion, Kaine shared his strategies to strengthen the economy, create jobs, and responsibly reduce the deficit.
Throughout the forum, Kaine called on the House of Representatives to pass a long-term farm bill, like the Senate did last month, to guarantee greater economic certainty for farmers. He also shared his record of working together with Republican legislatures when he served as governor.
"We worked together to get rid of the estate tax and preserve open space because Virginia expects that of its legislators," said Kaine. "In the Senate, I will be a partner with the president, whoever it is, for the good of the Commonwealth and the country. That's how we will make progress on the issues that are important to agriculture."
Kaine shared his experience visiting his grandparents' farm as a child and committed his support for tax credits to ensure the preservation of family farms. Kaine went on to outline his balanced approach to debt and deficit reduction that would maintain essential support for farms in Virginia.
"I am the only governor in Virginia who left office with a smaller general fund budget than when I started. I know how to make cuts," said Kaine. "But I firmly believe that if you only cut, you're making a big mistake. If you take an all-cuts approach, you're going to hurt drought relief and all kinds of programs that are important to the farming community."
For more than a year, Kaine has traveled across the Commonwealth meeting with communities to discuss the challenges facing the economy and share his approach to creating jobs.