Hillary Clinton has a Bill Clinton problem.
But she never expected it would come from her running mate.
What Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine said years ago about Bill Clinton is coming back to haunt the campaign.
When Tim Kaine was Lieutenant Governor of Virginia back in 2002, he was asked to comment on a sex scandal that engulfed the Virginia House of Delegates.
This was just three years after Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
The Daily Beast reports on what was written in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
…So did Tim Kaine, who was the state’s Lieutenant Governor at the time. And according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, he said he also believed Bill Clinton should have resigned from the presidency over his own sex scandals.
Here’s what the paper wrote, in a story published June 8, 2002:
“If the allegations are true, he should definitely resign,” Kaine said, adding he held the same view about President Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal.
“That is an intolerable way to treat women and it’s not something that the state should be dragged through.”
The Times-Dispatch story is behind a paywall in its archive.
A report in The Washington Post, also published on June 8, 2002, characterized his views the same way:
Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), who may face [state Attorney General Jerry] Kilgore in the 2005 governor’s race, likened the matter to the sexual scandal of President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky, saying, “If the allegations are true, he ought to resign.”
“Somebody in public life shouldn’t behave that way toward women,” Kaine said. “It’s tawdry. It’s not the leadership that Virginia should have.”
Bill’s troubles with women have dogged Hillary’s campaign.
Her team scrubbed her website of a line about how victims of sexual assault should be believed after Juanita Broaddrick once again accused Bill Clinton of raping her back in the 1970s.
There is no question Bill’s past will cause Hillary some trouble.
But just how much remains to be seen.
Kaine was called out on his comments, and the New York Post reports on his response:
Kaine confirmed his 2002 statements on Wednesday to news station KWWL. “It was not inaccurate. That’s true,” he said.
“20 years ago I was disappointed like a lot of folks were, but I tell ya there is no reason to re-litigate problems of 20 years ago when Americans want to talk about what do we do today and tomorrow, and so as I’m campaigning all across the country people are saying, what do we do to get an economy growing again with prosperity that’s shared, how do we make sure we are strong in the nation, how do we make sure we build up a community of respect? So past controversies aren’t really important to the voters. They want to know what we are going to do tomorrow,” he said.
Disunity has been a running narrative on the Republican side.
But here you have the Democrat nominee for Vice President standing by his comments that the former President — who is also the husband of his running mate — should have resigned from office in disgrace.
Will the media play up this story?
Or will they let it fade from memory?