The assault on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi is more an embarrassment than a scandal and won’t hurt former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for the presidency, Senator Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend.
The National Rifle Association used the threat of an election-year backlash to tamp down U.S. Senate support for expanded background checks on gun sales -- even though the lobbying group lost almost every race it spent money on during the 2012 campaign.
As the Senate prepares to vote tomorrow on advancing gun control legislation, advocates and foes are accelerating lobbying efforts. A prime target: Virginia Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat with an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association.
The chairman of the Democratic National Committee , former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine , said Republicans overreached in their opposition to the health-care overhaul, giving President Barack Obama a chance to reframe the debate in his State of the Union address with an emphasis on the economy and deficit control.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said he will run for the U.S. Senate in Virginia in next year’s election, bolstering his party’s chances of keeping the open seat by having a proven fundraiser and former governor of the state in the race.