Will Tim Kaine run 2020? 'Nope, nope' the Va. senator says

Hoping for more Tim Kaine dad jokes in the 2020 election? You’re likely out of luck.

In an interview with The Richmond Times-Dispatch published Thursday, Kaine said “nope, nope” when asked if he’d run for president or vice president again.

“I have been through the VP stakes twice, and came close once and got on the ticket, and won Virginia and won the popular vote and lost – so I came close the second time,” he said. “I was really honored to be asked by Hillary, and it was a history-making race to be the first woman nominated. And for her to do well in Virginia and win the popular vote, that is all to her credit. And I was really proud to be part of it. But I think the Catholic in me likes to go to the place where there is the most work to be done.”

Kaine said he’d like to model himself out of former Virginia Sen. John Warner who served in the Senate for 30 years. Warner was a popular Republican senator who endorsed Clinton during the election.

“I want to be John Warner,” Kaine said, before adding: “That is a hubristic statement — I’m not going to be John Warner… I would really like to model myself after him and serve for a long period of time.”

Kaine is up for reelection in 2018.


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