Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kaine Reflects on Performance in Debate, Evolving Social Views

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kaine Reflects on Performance in Debate, Evolving Social Views

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Days after a heated televised debate, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine's only regret may be that he hadn't questioned his rival, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, even more sharply.

In a speech at Carnegie Mellon University Thursday, Mr. Kaine likened his debate performance to that of a hockey goalie: "There's not been one story about Hillary Clinton hitting the net" after the debate. And while some criticized Mr. Kaine for frequently interrupting his counterpart, he made no apologies in a Post-Gazette interview.

"I don't know what your family is like," he said, "but discussions about politics are supposed to be a free flow."

A CNN poll found that, by a 48- to 42-percent margin, watchers thought Mr. Pence did a better job overall. But a 58-35 margin thought Mr. Kaine did better when it came to defending his presidential running mate, Hillary Clinton. And Mr. Kaine said he wished there'd been more attention to LGBT issues such as same-sex marriage.

Mr. Pence, who made an appearance in Johnstown on Thursday, spawned international controversy by signing a law that allowed Indiana business owners to discriminate, for religious reasons, against same-sex couples.

"I thought the question was going to be asked," Mr. Kaine said of the debate. "I should have wedged it into another question that wasn't about that, because obviously that's a huge difference between the two tickets. We are strongly pro-LGBT equality, and for marriage equality, and the other ticket isn't."

Mr. Kaine's own faith also surfaced in the debate: A Catholic, he is at odds with Ms. Clinton's position on overturning the Hyde Amendment, which prevents tax dollars from being spent on abortion services. Mr. Kaine said that while he differed with his running mate on that topic, the alternative for voters was a country where "[i]n Donald Trump's words, women should be punished for having abortions. I think that's tyranny."

In March, Mr. …

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