Today, former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine addressed the Virginia Sheriff's Annual Conference in Virginia Beach, where he emphasized his commitment to support law enforcement professionals to keep Virginians safe. In the afternoon, Kaine held a roundtable with Hampton Roads first responders in Portsmouth to mark the 11th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Kaine thanked the crowd of first responders for the work they do on a daily basis to respond to emergencies and keep Virginia communities secure.
Throughout the day, Kaine shared his commitment to investing in infrastructure to build safer neighborhoods, make law enforcement easier, and create jobs. During Kaine's term as governor, violent crime dropped by approximately 20 percent statewide and during his time in city government Richmond's homicide rate fell by 55 percent.
"Public safety is about more than just talk. It's about results," said Kaine. "I'm very proud of my record of reducing crime and promoting public safety as a mayor and governor. If chosen to serve in the Senate, I'll work to ensure our public safety professionals are treated with respect and provided the resources and equipment they need to protect our communities."
Kaine also shared his balanced approach to address our fiscal challenges with a combination of significant cuts and strategic investments to protect localities and strengthen the economy. As governor, Kaine worked with members of both parties to make $5 billion worth of necessary spending cuts, including his own salary, while finding ways to make investments in key priorities like public safety, education, and health care.
"The all cuts approach will hurt our economy, cost jobs, and damage priorities like transportation, education, and public safety investments," said Kaine. "I really believe we need a balanced approach of cuts and revenues to close the deficit. My opponent says he would reject a package of $10 in cuts for every dollar of revenue. This is reckless and the wrong approach for Virginia families."
Since the beginning of the year, Kaine has held more than 80 roundtable discussions with business and community leaders across the state to share his approach to strengthen the economy and create jobs.