5 ties between Kaine and Pence

September 28, 2016 - 4 minutes read

The first US presidential debate is over! A lot has been said about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The debate was a mix between policy and personality bashing. While we mull over this debate to understand who won, let’ take a look at their VP’s. Hillary Clinton chose Virginia senator, Tim Kaine as her running mate and Donald Trump named Indiana governor, Mike Pence as his partner.

Tim Kaine was once considered for the VP bid during Obama’s 2008 campaign and Mike Pence was once a Democrat himself. But these aren’t the only common ties between the two men. Here’s a look at some aspects that both Kaine and Pence share.

Similarities between Mike Kaine and Tim Pence

Similarities between Mike Kaine and Tim Pence

Kaine and Pence are of Irish descent

Tim Kaine was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is the descendant of Irish great grandparents, both on his father and mother’s side.
Mike Pence was born in Columbus, Indiana in an Irish Catholic household. His Irish grandfather immigrated from County Sligo (a county in Ireland) through Ellis Island in 1923. His maternal grandparents were from County Clare in Ireland.

They both have sons in the US Marines

Pence’s eldest son, Michael J Pence is a 2nd lieutenant in the US Marine Corps; Something he shares with Tim Kaine as Kaine’s eldest son, Nat, is a United States Marine too. That’s something opposing Presidential running mates don’t share very often.

They were once lawyers

After receiving a Juris Doctor (J.D) degree from Harvard Law, Tim Kaine first served as a Law clerk and then joined a Richmond law firm. He practiced law in Richmond for 17 years.
Mike Pence earned a Juris Doctor himself from Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indiana. After graduating, he was an attorney in private practice until he moved to a career in talk radio.

Kaine and Pence: The entertainers

In 1994, Mike Pence started a career in talk radio, hosting The Mike Pence Show. He also hosted a political weekend talk show on TV out of Indianapolis. Over the years, it spiralled into a career in politics.

When appearing on Meet the Press, a talk show on NBC, Tim Kaine described himself as “boring”. However, he speaks fluent Spanish from his year as a missionary in Honduras where he taught carpentry and welding at a Catholic school. Moreover he plays the harmonica and even has a band, The Jugbusters.


History of wins and losses

Tim Kaine had a rather apolitical childhood but that didn’t hamper his brisk rise in the field. In fact, Tim Kaine has never lost an election in his career. Kaine is one of only 20 people in American history to serve as mayor, governor and senator.
Pence however, ran for Congress twice, once in 1988 and again in 1990. Both times, he lost to Democrat Phil Sharp. In fact, Pence was probably laying groundwork to run for Presidency in 2012 and again in 2016, both of which never came to light.

In many ways, these two men might just be the perfect antithesis to each other, which serves as another highlight to separate the candidates they are backing in the election.

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