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Watchdogs Say Tim Kaine’s Spending Record Is ‘Hostile’ To Taxpayers

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Democratic vice presidential pick Sen. Tim Kaine could be even worse news for taxpayers than President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, according to the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW).

The first-term Virginia senator earned a 9 percent score for fiscal responsibility from CCAGW in 2015, resulting in a lifetime rating of 7 percent. That’s an improvement from his 0 percent rating in 2014, but trails Obama’s 16 percent lifetime rating and Biden’s 21 percent lifetime rating.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s lifetime CCAGW rating is 8 percent.

“In other words, a President Clinton and a Vice President Kaine could be twice as damaging to the fiscal interests of the United States than the current administration, and would be highly likely to make the government bigger and more intrusive than any administration in history,” CCAGW President Tom Schatz said in a statement.

Schatz said Kaine makes “an ideal running mate for the fiscally reckless Hillary Clinton.” (RELATED: Democratic Platform Calls For Tax-Funded Abortions)

CCAGW considers the Democratic presidential ticket “hostile” to taxpayers, since Clinton and Kaine received under 20 percent on a scale of 0 to 100 percent. Only 17 members of Congress — all Republicans — earned perfect scores in 2015.

CCAGW, the congressional lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, evaluates members of Congress each year on on tax, spending, accountability and transparency metrics in its Congressional Ratings.

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