Kaine Seeks Broader Religious Exemption In Birth Control Mandate
Virginia Senate candidate and former Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine makes rare criticism of Obama policy
Former Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA) lined up behind many of his fellow Catholics, condemning the Obama administration's new policy to force religious institutions to offer contraceptives to its employees, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
In a recorded radio interview for the "HearSay with Cathy Lewis" program on WHRV in Hampton Roads, Va., Kaine said he disagreed with the policy. Here's part of the program's transcript Kaine's campaign provided to The Washington Post:
“I think the White House made a good decision in including a mandate for contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act insurance policy, but I think they made a bad decision in not allowing a broad enough religious employer exemption. ... This is something that’s been talked about a lot today and I have definitely expressed my grave concerns to the White House about that. I support the contraception mandate but there should be a religious employer exemption that is broader than the one they proposed.”
Between governing Virginia and running for the U.S. Senate, Kaine was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Former Gov. George Allen (R-VA), his likely opponent in the Senate general election, often uses Kaine's generally staunch support of Obama against the candidate.