March 31, 2009
Virginia Governor, vetted VP candidate and newly-appointed Chairman of the DNC, Tim Kaine, Monday signed a bill banning the use of state funds for embryonic stem cell research. It doesn’t exactly follow barry, who signed an executive order (3-9 EO 13505), reversing President Bush’s ban (6-20-07 EO 13435) on federal funding for research on embryonic stem cells.
Kaine didn’t stop there. He enacted legislation permitting “Choose Life” license plates, much to the ire of pro-choicers.
Yes, he is a democrat, but a Catholic first, and is retaining his morals while practicing what barry espouses: reaching across the aisle. Complication? He’s head of the DNC – meant to follow barry’s every whim.
But above all, he is a politician – he made sure to pass it before he leaves office next January. His bill DOES allow for funding of adult stem cell research.
CNN’s PETER HAMBY: Lynda Tran, the governor’s communications director, said that Kaine’s decision is “in keeping with his faith and his personal beliefs.”
The governor is opposed to the use of state funds to fund embryonic stem cell research, but he generally agrees with the national platform broadly, that there are scientific values to stem cell research. In Virginia, where there has been strong opposition to embryonic research, he has chosen to focus on other forms of research like adult and placental stem cell research.
His hopeful successors: former DNC Chairman, Terry McAuliffe (deserves to win after the abuse he took for Hillary Clinton), Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds all support use of state funds. Perhaps it was a strategic move to allow them to have a platform on which to run against the Republicans, who also oppose use of state funding.