Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

All stories featuring Tim Kaine

Report cards for Ted Cruz, Tammy Baldwin, Tim Kaine

Sen.-elect Ted Cruz of Texas already has a Truth-O-Meter report card. So do Sens.-elect Tammy Baldwin, the Wisconsin Democrat who defeated a former governor to win a Senate seat, and Tim Kaine, the Virginia Democrat who bested a fellow former governor.

Allen and Kaine have big differences on budget issues

Allen has signed a pledge not to vote for any tax increases and relies on spending cuts to slash deficits. Kaine says there must be a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts.

Ad Watch: Allen and the GOP go after Kaine

Kaine, in his final budget, unsuccessfully proposed a 1 percent income tax increase. Many, but not all, individual earners at the $17,000 level would have seen their tax bill rise.

Ad Watch: Kaine attacks Allen on abortion and birth control

Allen’s campaign did not respond to a PolitiFact inquiry on whether he’s interested in overturning Roe v. Wade.

A quick look at the final Allen-Kaine debate

Tim Kaine and George Allen squared off for the fifth time Thursday night, reinforcing their positions on jobs, health care and the budget. Here's a review of some of their claims:

A quick look at the latest Allen-Kaine debate

Tim Kaine and George Allen made a number of statements in Monday night's debate that were familiar to PolitiFact Virginia. Here's a recap: 

Ad Watch: The latest Crossroads attack on Kaine

The latest Crossroads GPS ad recycles some claims George Allen has been making about Tim Kaine’s record on taxes and defense spending.

A quick look at the Allen-Kaine debate

George Allen and Tim Kaine made a number of statements in their debate that were familiar to PolitiFact Virginia. Here's our review. Look for more on the debate in the days ahead.

Tim Kaine highlights his, Obama's successes in DNC speech

U.S. Senate candidate and former Gov. Tim Kaine talked about the economic successes that his term in Virginia and Barack Obama's term as president brought. We took at look at the familiar talking points.

A quick take on the Allen Kaine debate:

George Allen and Tim Kaine made a number of statements in their Senate debate that were familiar to PolitiFact Virginia. Here's our review. Look for more on the debate here in the days ahead.

Ad Watch: On ants, offices and the stimulus

The 30-second spot shows Democrat nominee Tim Kaine endorsing President Barack Obama’s $821 billion stimulus package. The moderator says the stimulus "actually wasted money studying ants in Africa," and paying for "office upgrades for politicians."

Ad Watch: Majority PAC makes underwhelming boast about Kaine

Was keeping Virginia's unemployment rate below the national average really a major accomplishment for Tim Kaine when he was governor? We checked.

Truth-squading the Senate debate

The 90-minute debate gave us just what we wanted for the holidays: a new list of political claims to fact check.

Do people without health insurance die sooner?

What caught our attention was Kaine’s assertion that 23,000 people die each year due to lack of health insurance. When we checked, we found credible reports supporting and undercutting that claim, so we’re taking a pass on submitting his statement to the Truth-O-Meter. But we still want to summarize what we found.  

Fact-checking the claims about (un)employment

The job numbers for June are worse than expected; we review some recent Truth-O-Meter items on employment.

Taking the jobs-claim challenge

We found that none of the last seven Virginia governors has created jobs fast enough to keep up with working-age population growth. Of the nine governors dating back to 1978, only Democrat Chuck Robb met the standard set forth by McAuliffe. Robb led the state from 1982 to 1986.

Senate race puts Truth-O-Meter in late-October mode

The Truth-O-Meter and the Flop-O-Meter went into late-October mode last week when former Gov. Tim Kaine announced he would run for the seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Jim Webb. Republican George Allen did not take it lightly.

Half-True rulings are not half-hearted judgments

The Truth-O-Meter is based on the concept that truth in politics often is not black and white, but shades of gray. We have three different shades of gray: Mostly True, Half True, and Barely True.