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Sen. Tim Kaine's Mixed Record on Abortion a Weakness for Clinton VP

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By    |   Wednesday, 22 Jun 2016 09:33 AM

Sen. Tim Kaine's oft-conflicted stance on abortion could be an Achilles Heel as a candidate to be Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick.

To sum up his position: Kaine supports womens' right to choose … with restrictions. He supports Roe vs. Wade but as a Roman Catholic, he doesn't believe in abortion. Being a moderate on the issue of abortion rights means taking flak from both sides, and might deliver a mortal blow to his VP candidacy.

Joel Goldstein, an expert on VP picks, told The Hill that Kaine's stance would not be a "decisive factor."

"My guess is some of the pro-choice groups will express the people they prefer to Kaine," Goldstein told The Hill.

As Governor of Virginia, Kaine signed a measure allowing "Choose Life" license plates, drawing the ire of NARAL Pro-Choice America, The Hill reported. Further, Kaine supports parental consent, partial-birth ban and informed consent.

However, according to LifeNews.com, Democrats For Life (DFLA) yanked their support for Kaine based on his voting record, making him pro-abortion … enough.
 
Meanwhile, two other candidates reportedly being vetted by Clinton's camp, Elizabeth Warren and Juan Castro, are pro-choice stalwarts. Warren has a 0 percent pro-life voting record, and Castro has strong support from Planned Parenthood, LifeNews.com reports.

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