Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who is running for the U.S. Senate, stopped by The Tidewater News on Wednesday to talk about his plan to boost the economy. GWEN ALBERS/TIDEWATER NEWS

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Kaine makes campaign stop here

Published 1:59pm Wednesday, April 11, 2012

FRANKLIN—Making sure the farming and forestry industries remain strong and providing improved Internet service is how former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine believes rural America can survive.

A candidate for the U.S. Senate, Kaine also believes his ability to cut Virginia’s general fund by more than $5 billion during the worst recession in 70 years while keeping the state’s economy at the nation’s forefront would benefit the federal government if he is elected on Nov. 6.

On a two-week tour of Virginia, the Democrat stopped by The Tidewater News on Wednesday to share his plan to create jobs. Kaine is running for the seat held by retiring U.S. Sen. James Webb, also a Democrat.

Kaine’s chief rival is former Republican Gov. George Allen, who in the June 12 primary faces Tea Party activist, Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, Jamie Radtke and Bishop E.W. Jackson of Chesapeake.

Kaine’s jobs plan in Virginia is a central focus of his campaign for the Senate. The plan includes reforming education, investing in infrastructure, and a combination of cuts and spending to reduce federal deficit.

Serving as Virginia’s governor from 2006 to 2010, Kaine believes the nation could benefit from Virginia’s lessons in creating jobs and boosting the economy.

“The federal government has been doing patchwork with jobs,” the 54-year-old said.

In talking about locating a Naval outlying landing field in rural Virginia — one week after a jet crashed in a populated area of Virginia Beach — Kaine recommends consideration of NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore south of Chincoteague.

The Navy in January 2011 suspended plans to develop an outlying landing field until at least 2014. The Navy four years ago proposed five possible sites for a new OLF, which would be used by fighter pilots stationed at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach. The sites were in Southampton, Sussex and Surry counties and Gates and Camden counties in North Carolina.

“Finding locations has been tough,” Kaine said, “The Navy only wants to go where wanted. The most intriguing solution is Wallops Island. The field is sizeable. They shoot rockets off there. They’re sort of accustomed to it. It’s a community that doesn’t react negatively to it.”

  • BlondeStranger

    I voted for Kaine for Governor, and I lived to regret that terribly. He was a miserable disappointment, and I will not even consider giving him my vote for Senator. I should have known better than to vote for him anyway, considering who is father-in-law is.

    I’m no fan of Allen either, although I would certainly take him over Kaine.

    I hope that Jamie Radtke gets the nomination, as I believe she is the best one in the bunch by far. She is actually the Tea Party activist – not Bob Marshall.

    Marshall represents the district right next to the one where I reside. I can’t imagine him getting the nomination any more than I could imagine Santorum getting the Republican nomination for POTUS. Heaven help us if Marshall does! If it comes down to a Kaine-Marshall race, I’ll right in a candidate before I vote for either of them.

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  • hawkgirl

    Kaine should campaign to have all 5 sites removed from further consideration for an OLF if he truly believes Wallop Island is the answer. It is past time to release ALL the people being held hostage for so long, it is unfair to hold the threat of losing your homes and land for so long while the Navy mulls around what their next project is. If there were 5 OLF’s at all 5 sites it would not have PREVENTED the crash last week. Oceana has it’s own encroachment problems that has nothing to do with an OLF. Seriously it’s time to release the 5 sites and the Navy act responsibly and use an existing facility that is under used and not so severely encroached upon.

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    • blackwaterpete

      kaine needs to pack his democratic garbage and send it packing somewhere except Virginia. What a idiot this guy is. Wallops Island!!!!! I know people there and they dont want jets flying all times of the day and making racket. Sure they shoot off rockets but not like a jet flying over your house at low speed. I know I lived in that kind of flight path. Kaine does not now his rear end from first base as he as shown in the past. Want more years of the Obama regime with the economy and high taxes then vote for this idiot and you will get it. I am not plese with Allen either but he is better than what is on the other side. IMHO

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