from the RT
Kaine, who grew up in Kansas, also must compete with a native of Southwest Virginia who connects easily with the region's largely conservative electorate. Kilgore won 65 percent of the rural vote in his race for attorney general and carried every locality in Southwest Virginia.
"Tim Kaine's got to get back to the grass roots and get through the culture," said consultant Dave "Mudcat" Saunders of Roanoke County, who helped craft Warner's rural outreach effort in 2001 and is co-writing a book on Southern campaign strategy. "Jerry, being a Republican from Southwest Virginia, is already through the culture."
- Kilgore's campaign has used Kaine's record as a lawyer, Richmond city councilman and mayor to paint the Democrat as a liberal whose positions on capital punishment, gun control and taxes are out of step with the state's electorate.
Kilgore also has attacked Kaine's position on gun rights, pointing to Kaine's use of city funds to help bus Richmond activists to the Million Mom March in Washington, D.C., in 2000, when Kaine was Richmond's mayor. Kaine said he approved funding for the trip to show support for participants who had lost family members to gun violence. He later reimbursed the city after gun rights advocates complained.
"My heart worked maybe a little faster than my head," Kaine said.
Kaine insisted he would not seek new gun control measures if he becomes governor.
"Nobody who supports the Second Amendment has anything to fear from me," he said.
City Slicker concludes with this: "Are god, guns, and twang all rural voters care about? Don't "y'all" have education, transportation, and environmental concerns? You wouldn't know you did from this article. At least Kilgore mentioned that there were other issues. Kaine's too busy trying to prove he's got SW connections."
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