Battle of the running mates: How Tim Kaine stacks up against Mike Pence
Republican Gov. Mike Pence (left) and Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine (right) are seen in a composite of two images from The Associated Press.
Published Friday, July 22, 2016 9:57PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 22, 2016 10:47PM EDT
Democrat Hillary Clinton announced Friday that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine will be her running mate in the presidential election.
In some ways, the two politicians are more similar than you might think.
Here’s how the running mates stack up.
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, 58
Previous jobs: Civil rights lawyer, Virginia lawyer, mayor, missionary in Honduras
Views on abortion: “Personally opposed” to abortion but supports the legal status quo
Ethnic background: Irish and Scottish
Free trade record: Voted in Congress to oppose free trade barriers 67 per cent of the time, according to CATO Institute
Position on guns: A gun owner who supports restrictions on combat-style weapons, high-capacity magazines etc.
Interesting fact: Fluent in Spanish
Controversial policy: Cut funding for universities and colleges, causing tuition to rise in Virginia
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, 57
Previous jobs: Admissions counsellor, lawyer, congressman, radio show host
Views on abortion: Passed some of the country’s most restrictive abortion laws in Indiana
Ethnic background: Irish
Free trade record: Congress oppose free trade barriers 66 per cent of the time, according to CATO institute
Position on guns: Staunch defender of gun rights, says firearms make Americans safer, rated ‘A’ by National Rifle Association
Interesting fact: Started life as a Democrat
Controversial policy: Signed a ‘religious freedom’ law allowing business to refuse services to same-sex couples