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Former Gov. Tim Kaine Addresses NVTC Board

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine joined the NVTC Board of Directors on Tuesday, March 13, at LMI in McLean for a discussion of his campaign for U.S. Senate. During the meeting, Kaine outlined his priorities and how his experience as mayor of Richmond and governor of Virginia make him well-suited for the Senate. Kaine cited as particularly important his ability to make tough decisions and his record of reaching across party lines to accomplish mutual goals.

NVTC Board Member Enrico Della Corna of PNC, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Former
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and NVTC Chair Brad Antle of Salient Federal Solutions at the March 13 meeting.
NVTC Board Member Enrico Della Corna of PNC, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and NVTC Chair Brad Antle of Salient Federal Solutions at the March 13 meeting.

In order to be successful, Kaine believes each senator should focus on a key issue in which he has expertise. If elected to the Senate, Kaine said his main focus will be on growing talent in our country’s workforce. “We want to be the most talented place on earth,” he stated, building on Virginia’s workforce record, which has made the Commonwealth the best state for business. Kaine commended NVTC for making science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education a legislative priority, and said he will focus on education, workforce development, research and development investments, and immigration reform in the Senate. As a subset of the talent issue, he would focus on military and veterans issues, particularly given the strong presence of the military, veterans and defense contracting communities in Virginia. On the issue of immigration reform, Kaine supports enabling qualified foreign-born graduates with advanced degrees from American universities to get a green card to remain in the country and contribute to our economy.

The meeting ended with a question and answer session, in which Kaine addressed the economy, tax reform and entitlement reform. He concluded by expressing his belief that Virginia voters want candidates to focus on the economy, solving the budget deficit and finding common ground, staying away from issues that move people apart.