Kaine: Keep Roe, Hussein Needed to Go

By Jennifer Parker

Jul 31, 2008 5:44am

ABC News’ Ayana Harry and Teddy Davis report: In an hour-long interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose Wednesday, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine outlined his views on national and international matters including abortion and the war in Iraq.

Kaine, a Roman Catholic who worked as a missionary in Honduras reiterated his personal opposition to abortion, but maintained the practice should not be outlawed.

When asked if he’d like to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe the Governor answered, “I don’t think the Supreme Court should.” He continued, “Roe vs. Wade is ultimately about saying that there is a realm of personal liberty for people to make this decision.”

While saying that he supports Roe and that he does not want to criminalize abortion, Kaine voiced support for three abortion restrictions.

He backs a parental consent law in Virginia which has a judicial bypass. He supports a ban on "partial birth abortions so long as there is an exception for the life and health of the mother". The Obama vice presidential prospect also favors an "informed consent provision" in Virginia which requires abortion providers to "give women information about a whole series of things, the health consequences, et cetera, and information about adoption." 

"Those, I have supported," said Kaine.  "But I don’t think ultimately we ought to be criminalizing abortion."

Kaine demurred when asked about the vetting process and where the Obama campaign may be in their decision for a vice-presidential candidate, telling Rose, “I really don’t know anything about the timing or circumstances and how they’re whittling through the potential candidates.  There’s a lot of good folks out there that I’m sure they’re considering.”

Governor Kaine also discussed the 2003 U. S. invasion of Iraq, describing the Bush administration’s case for military intervention as “very, very flimsy” and “maneuvering the vote in Congress around an election cycle.” 

Kaine said he agreed with the Bush administration that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein should be ousted but disagreed with the U.S.-led invasion.

“Clearly, Saddam Hussein was terrorizing his own population.  And there was, I think a good rationale to work broadly with a coalition of nations, first through diplomacy, than through sanctions to try to get him to not terrorize his own people.  But the U.S. advocated their own rationales,” he said.

The Charlie Rose interview with Kaine was scheduled prior to Tuesday when The Washington Post reported that Kaine told associates that he has had "very serious" conversations with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., about joining the Democratic presidential ticket.

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