Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine boasted in 2005 of the role he played in eliminating 5,000 government jobs in the state of Virginia.
During a gubernatorial debate against Republican candidate Jerry Kilgore, Kaine talked about his accomplishments as Virginia’s lieutenant governor, and placed a focus on the high number of state jobs he helped eliminate during a 2004 budget cut.
“What was budget reform about?” Kaine asked rhetorically. “It was about reducing expenses by $6 billion and the state workforce by 5,000 people.”
Kaine also argued that the 2004 budget cut categorically would not have happened without his presence and influence in Gov. Mark Warner’s administration.
Kaine’s demeanor in 2005 is a huge break from the beliefs he expressed in Tuesday’s vice presidential debate against Republican nominee Mike Pence. During that debate, Kaine bashed Republican nominee Donald Trump for allegedly being too eager to fire people.
“On the economy, there’s a fundamental choice for the American electorate. Do you want a ‘you’re hired’ president in Hillary Clinton or do you want a ‘you’re fired’ president in Donald Trump? I think that’s not such a hard choice,” Kaine said.
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