Tim Kaine, the running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, told a gathering of self-identifying “progressive Baptists” on Thursday that he believes Clinton’s Methodist upbringing is the “root of everything she does.”
Kaine was speaking at the Progressive National Baptist Convention in New Orleans when he made his remarks.
“She was a Midwestern Methodist church kid,” he said. “Now, I know a lot of those Midwestern Methodist church kids growing up. And there is a beautiful sense of duty. Sometimes we talk about duty now as if it’s a bad word. It’s not a bad word. It’s a good word.”
“And Hillary Clinton had a great youth pastor, who took her in Chicago to see Rev. King, who talked to her about migrant worker issues beyond what she had experienced. And then that opened her up to the fact that there were issues out there that she needed to grapple with,” Kaine continued.
He noted that during her years at Yale she worked for the Children’s Defense Fund to advocate for children in South Carolina’s juvenile justice system.
“I think a lot of you know Hillary very well, either from her time in Arkansas, her time as first lady, her time as senator, time as secretary of state. That Methodist connection, that beautiful sense of duty, the obligation to others, that is the root of everything she does,” Kaine asserted.
He said that both he and Clinton are people of faith, and provided the example of Job’s losses in asking those gathered how the country should respond to its hardships and if it will keep the faith in spite of suffering. Kaine returned to the question at the end of his speech.
“Job loses everything and then he asks that question, that fundamental question, after he’s lost everything: ‘Where, where is my strength? I got to find it somewhere,'” he explained. “Sisters and brothers, our strength is our Creator who has given us the capacity to love, the capacity to lead, and the capacity to heal.”
“And especially that strength is in each other. We come to know God through each other,” Kaine continued. “I mean, there might be people who can divine it just purely from a text or something. But most of us, we come to know God through each other.”
He concluded by stating that God will reward the nation for doing so.
“When we summon that strength, when we hold true to our principles, when we ask ourselves the question that Job asked and realize that our strength is in our God and in each other and in our principles, we will be rewarded,” Kaine said.
As previously reported, Clinton herself has contended that she is a Christian.
I’m a Christian, and I take my faith very seriously,” she said during an April broadcast of “The View.” “It has gotten me through some difficult times in the course of my life.”
“Somebody asked me years ago, ‘Are you a praying person?’ And I said, ‘Well, a week in the White House will turn anybody into a praying person,’” she said. “So, luckily, I was one before I got there.”
However, despite her claims, some have spoken out against Clinton, noting that her pro-homosexual, pro-abortion beliefs and policies run contrary to the word of God.
“We slaughter over one million babies per year in the womb. The number’s staggering. Are Christians supposed to remain mum about this tragic court-approved holocaust? Is God pleased if we just look the other way?” writes Bryan Ridenour on his blog “America, Look Up.” “When a candidate idolizes Margaret Sanger and is a darling of Emily’s List, conservatives need to run, not walk, in the other direction.”
“If a church member asks in 2016 if I can support Hillary Clinton, I can unequivocally respond, ‘Not in this lifetime,’” he stated. “If we vote for leaders who support abortion on demand, then we essentially hold the surgical knife that strips life from the womb. If we vote for leaders who support and champion gay marriage, we in effect officiate at their ceremonies. God holds us accountable for what we do behind the voting booth curtain.”
Kaine, a Roman Catholic, has said that he is willing to support Clinton’s policies, although he has personal opinions to the contrary.