Two overshadowed vice presidential candidates briefly emerged into the media spotlight on Tuesday night. Their areas of agreement turned out to be more telling than their disagreements.
One of the odder moments in tonight’s debate came when Tim Kaine spoke eloquently about his faith and his personal opposition to the death penalty — then boasted that he was able to separate his faith and his duty as Virginia’s governor by carrying out executions anyway.
He told viewers that “it was very difficult to allow executions to go forward, but in circumstances where I did not feel like there’s a case for clemency, I told Virginia voters I would uphold the law and I did.”
Twitter user @BroPair pointed out the discrepancy:
Tim Kaine's story about faith is about him bravely executing people despite his personal convictions that it would send him to Hell— Proven Content Maker (@Bro_Pair) October 5, 2016
Kaine carried out 11 executions as governor.