RB (@RBPundit) September 20, 2012
Divide? Not if Tim Kaine has anything to say about it. The former Virginia governor and current U.S. Senate candidate, debating opponent George Allen, called for eliminating the divide by instituting a minimum income tax on the 47 percent of Americans who currently don’t pay federal income taxes. Needless to say, this won’t exactly up Kaine’s popularity with Democratic voters, who have spent the past several days bristling at Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remarks.
Conservatives and liberals alike couldn’t quite believe their ears:
If Tim Kaine is open to a minimum income tax on 47% of non-income tax payers, I'm thinking VA isn't as in the bag for Obama as some think.—
DrewM (@DrewMTips) September 20, 2012
What did Tim Kaine just say he was open to? A minimum federal income tax on everyone?—
Sam Youngman (@samyoungman) September 20, 2012
newsies are salivating over what Tim Kaine just said about minimum tax; does this guy know when to shut his mouth and enjoy the ride? NO—
Kecko (@1kecko) September 20, 2012
Looks like Tim Kaine just hosed his campaign, at least short term. If it convinces other Dems to stay away will be worth it—
(@alexwhalen) September 20, 2012
Tim Kaine, taxer of the poor.—
Jim Antle (@jimantle) September 20, 2012
Somewhere, Creigh Deeds is looking at a television screen and happily muttering "Tim Kaine, you *idiot*."—
Moe Lane (@moelane) September 20, 2012
Looks like Tim Kaine just lost Virginia. Not surprised at all.—
David Pleasant (@dpleasant) September 20, 2012
Did Tim Kaine just commit suicide?—
Chris Ar (@LastBrainLeft) September 20, 2012
If there were such a thing as verbal seppuku, Kaine would make a fantastic poster child.
Apparently Tim Kaine WANTS to lose the election.—
Bob Dobolina (@bobdobolina) September 20, 2012
It’s not as if Kaine ever had the support of Republican voters. But after today, he may have lost the Democrats as well. Whoopsie!