October 26, 2005
Election day is less than two weeks away, which means every day counts. Especially in an election this close.
On Good Morning Charlottesville, Tim Kaine, democratic candidate for governor, said that he is traveling to as many as five cities a day, in an effort to persuade the unpersuaded. Fifteen to twenty percent of voters in the Commonwealth are still undecided.
Kaine attributed the extremely close election to the competitiveness of both he and Republican candidate Jerry Kilgore. Most polls show a lead of either Kaine or Kilgore well within the margin of error.
The death penalty is arguably the most central and contentious issue of this neck and neck race. Kaine says this is thanks to Kilgore, who has drawn much attention to Kaine's personal opposition to the death penalty. Kilgore is airing attack ads drawing attention to this difference of opinion.
One of the ads feature a man who's son was murdered by a man Kaine, once a lawyer, supposedly defended in court. (The man was executed in 1999).
On Good Morning Charlottesville, Kaine claimed that the ad is false. The Lieutenant Governor explained that at the time of the case, he worked at a law firm of sixty people, and had a minimal contribution to the case.
According to Kaine, this "overstating of the facts" is backfiring on Kilgore.
Kaine says he opposes the death penalty due to his Catholic faith, but would not try to reverse the law if elected governor. On Good Morning Charlottesville, he said he is no different than any other official taking an oath to uphold the law.
In the remaining days before the election, Kaine said he would stay positive, not run negative campaigns.