WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the nominations of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense and Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State after participating in their confirmation hearings this week:
“I will support the nomination of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense. In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, he demonstrated a clear-eyed view of our current national security environment and a deep appreciation for the challenges facing U.S. servicemembers and their families. I believe he is well-prepar
Statement: “As Susan and I have traveled throughout Virginia during the last several years, we’ve talked to people anxious about losing their jobs and their homes. Many parents worry that the rising national debt will rob our children of future opportunities. And people are frustrated that Washington continues to ignore their views and values. The elections in 2012 will be pivotal in determining the trajectory of our country and if we will continue to decline or begin to ascend again.
“It’s time for an American comeback with leaders who listen to ‘We The People,’ adhere to foundational principles, rein in spending and start creating opportunities for more jobs. To get there we’ll need to listen to Virginia voices – and fight to repeal the government mandated healthcare plan, pass a balanced budget amendment and line-item veto, and reduce our families’ energy costs by unleashing our American resources and creativity.
“Today I announce my candidacy for the U.S. Senate. The people of Virginia know me as someone willing to fight to restore freedom, personal responsibility and opportunity for all. I’m asking them to hire me on for six years so that together we can put our country back on the path to prosperity.”